Clarice Assad,

Composer-in-Residence, piano, vocals

Brazilian-American Clarice Assad is a Grammy-nominated composer, pianist, and vocalist of musical depth and ability.  Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a serious triple threat,” Assad is a vibrant, highly prolific, and commissioned composer. Carefully crafted, colorful textures permeate her soulful and musical world, which embraces a wide variety of styles, including her own original concepts.

Born in Rio de Janeiro into one of Brazil's musical dynasties, Clarice has performed professionally since the age of seven. Accomplished and sophisticated, she is a pianist and vocalist noted for her versatility, her wide variety of styles, and her ease in transcending boundaries. She sings in Portuguese, French, Italian, and English. Clarice studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Roosevelt University in Chicago, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she earned a Master's degree.

As a performer, Assad has received acclaim for her performances of both original compositions and her own arrangements of popular Brazilian songs, world music, and jazz standards. She has performed at venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and Doha, Qatar, the Caramoor International Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, San Francisco Jazz Center, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Chicago, Casino de Paris in Paris, France, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “a dazzling soloist,” Assad sings in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, and English, but thrives in exploring the voice as an instrument, creating a vast array of innovative textures and incorporating an exciting vocabulary of extended techniques into her music.