Clarice Assad

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Last Show: Thursday 4 th August 2016

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

A bold composer, a brilliant pianist and an inventive vocalist all rolled into one, Clarice Assad floats freely across musical idioms, drawing on an array of sounds from Amazon forest wildlife to operatic arias. A classically-trained pianist, Assad is deeply rooted in the earthy, folkloric rhythms of Brazil, capturing the attention of international audiences with her stunning talent. The term ‘world music’ is redundant when applied to her style, a reflection of Brazil's musical ‘melting pot’ heritage of African rhythms mixed with European melodies and harmonies.

"Clarice Assad is quite simply a phenomenon who has streaked across the world’s musical landscape like one of those comets that appears just once in a lifetime"


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 equally comfortable as a performer and band leader. Her music is vibrant, diverse, soulful and colorful. Carefully crafted textures permeate her musical world, which embraces a wide variety of styles, including her own original concepts.