Clarice Assad,

piano, vocals, Composer-in-Residence

Brazilian-American Clarice is a GRAMMY-nominated composer, pianist, and vocalist of great musical depth and ability. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a serious triple threat,” she 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. Noted for her versatility as a performer, her wide variety of styles, and her ease in transcending boundaries, she is equally comfortable singing 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, Clarice has received acclaim for her original compositions and her 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,” Clarice thrives on exploring the voice as an instrument, creating a vast array of innovative textures and incorporating an exciting vocabulary of extended techniques into her music.