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Sergio and Clarice Assad Duo. Guitar and voice

13 May, 2023 / 20:00h.


Sergio and Clarice Assad Duo

The musical history of the Assad family began in the 1950s with Seu Jorge, a self-taught mandolin player, and his wife, Doña Ica, praised by the LA Times as “The Billie Holiday of Brazil.” Together they passed on to their sons, Sérgio, Odair and Badi, their passion for music, but they never imagined that it would become the phenomenon that would make “Assad” musicians known all over the world.

“Brazil’s first family of music” may be best known for the amazing guitar duo of Sérgio and Odair Assad. Through notable recordings for Nonesuch and Sony Classical, including collaborations with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Assad Brothers have become one of the preeminent guitar duos of our time.

Clarice Assad is a major artistic voice in the classical, world, pop and jazz genres, a powerful communicator recognized for her musical range and versatility. A Grammy-nominated songwriter, celebrated pianist, inventive vocalist, and educator, she is recognized for her evocative colors, rich textures, and diverse stylistic variety.

The idea for the collaborative venture came from Sérgio Assad, who dreamed of presenting several generations of the family together on stage, performing a century of Brazilian music of disparate styles. It’s impossible to know whether the themes stem from a shared formative experience, musical tradition, or shared genetic make-up, but when the end result moves the listener emotionally, that question is probably irrelevant.

After traveling for more than a decade with the family, Sérgio and Clarice Assad embarked on a duo project and have toured extensively in the United States. They recorded an album for the Adventure Music label in 2016 called Relíquia. Most recently, the duo began a collaboration with Third Coast Percussion, recording the Archetypes CD, which has received rave reviews from Classics Today, DC Metro, Classical Music Sentinel and Gramophone.

Clarice and Sérgio share their undying passion for musical composition and performance, reimagining old classics and writing new works together as a collaborative team. The family essence is ever present, wrapped in the warmth and complexities of ancestry and connection.
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