featuredcomposer: ClariceAssadClarice Assad’s 2018-19 season takes her throughout the U.S., to Brazil, Denmark, France, Italy, Poland, Scandinavia and the UK, and includes multiple world premieres, commissions, recordings and new performance collaborations in addition to solo and duo and ensemble concerts. Winter/spring 2019 features six commissioned world premieres: Lemuria for Left Coast Chamber Ensemble; a new vocal work for the New York Festival of Song; a new chamber work for the SOLI ensemble; Imaginarum Suite for the Boston Youth Philharmonic; Kaleidoscope for marimbist Mike Stoltzman at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall; and a Youth Choral work for Cincinnati’s May Festival. Additional spring highlights include concerts with Kinetic Ensemble and Aperio and Assad’s father, guitarist Sergio Assad. The first half of Ms. Assad’s 2018-19 season included two world premieres: Concerto for Two Guitars + String Orchestra, commissioned by Poland’s Tichy Music Festival; and Metamorfose for Viola and Piano for violist Matthew Lipman, which he performed on the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s The Art of the Recital series in New York City. The Chicago-based dance company Cerqua Rivera toured her collaborative ballet, Sin Fronteras, throughout Illinois. Ms. Assad also performed in concert with the Pandeiro-Repique Duo in Chicago; at Caixa Cultural Fortaleza in Brazil; in duo recital with guitarist Micael Chaves in Paris, France; in solo recital at Italy’s Teatro dei Segni (Medina) and with guitarist Paolo de Stefano from the ETERNA duo at Teatro Comunale di Russi; at Polands’s Tichy Music Festival with the Brasil Guitar Duo; in a three-city concert tour of Denmark and Skandinavia with bassist Thomas Fonnesbæk; and in a US tour with the Assad Family. Voxploration residencies included the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and Florida’s Valencia College. Upcoming 2019 engagements include a world premiere of a new work for piano, scat singing, and trumpet commissioned by the International Composers Guild that will premiere at the 2019 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Miami, Florida. Four recordings featuring Ms. Assads works will be released in 2019, including two CDs featuring recent commissions on Cedille Records: the recording premieres of Metamorfose on violist Matthew Lipman’s debut album, “Ascent” on February 8th, and Sin Fronteras, a symphonic overture for the Chicago Sinfonietta on their latest CD, “Project W – Works by Diverse Women Composers” on March 8th. A prolific Grammy nominated composer with over 70 works to her credit, Clarice Assad’s numerous commissions include works for Carnegie Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orquestra Sinfônica de São Paulo, Chicago Sinfonietta, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Youth Orchestra, General Electric, Sybarite5, Metropolis ensemble, the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Queen Reef Music Festival and the La Jolla Music Festival, to name a few. Her work Danças Nativas was nominated for a Latin Grammy for best contemporary composition in 2009. Her compositions have been recorded by some of the most prominent names in the classical music, including percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and oboist Liang Wang. A popular recording artist, Ms. Assad has released seven solo albums and appeared on or had her works performed on another 30. Her music is represented on Cedille Records, SONY Masterworks, Nonesuch, Adventure Music, Edge, Telarc, NSS Music, GHA, and CHANDOS.
Lilies, as a flower, are thought to symbolize purity and a return to innocence. In that spirit, “Lilies” is a reflective and gentle vocalise for cello and piano. The work [...]
The title is an echo of "gouaches decoupees," the cut-out technique invented and perfected by Henri Matisse – this work was premiered at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, and [...]
Two "settings" of poems by Pablo Neruda in which the cello takes the role of the voice.
Three movements excerpted from Ode (2008): each references a lyric poetic form of Ancient Greece. The first is slow and tuneful, the second a solo flute soliloquy, the third fiery.
Two settings of poems by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn.
The music for Philip Glass’ second concerto for cello and orchestra is cobbled from a 2001 film score, Naqoyqatsi: Life as War. Glass seems to have particular success when using [...]
Premiered June 22, 2017 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts by cellist Matt Haimovitz
A seven movement work for solo cello dedicated to cellist Wendy Sutter premiered in New York in January 2007. Originally based on the music of Glass’ film score to “Chaotic [...]
In this vibrant work [...] rhythm is key. Once the classic Glass arpeggios get started, there are few opportunities to stop for breath. Much of the load rests on the [...]