Clarice Assad and the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet

We are thrilled to present the collaboration between the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet and Clarice Assad, who have known each other for many years, having discovered a striking musical affinity early on in their friendship.  They have developed an eclectic programme of genre-defying music full of rhythm, energy, humour and emotion, which they look forward to presenting on disc and in concert in 2020 and the 20-21 season. The new CD, featuring this extraordinary combination of musicians, will be released by Chandos in July 2020.

“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”
— Latin Jazz Network

Clarice is a Brazilian-American composer, performer, and educator of musical depth and versatility, and daughter of the renowned guitarist Sérgio Assad. As a performer, she has shared the stage with Bobby McFerrin, Anat Cohen, Nadia Sirota, Paquito D’Rivera, Tom Harrell, Marilyn Mazur and Mike Marshall, among other outstanding musicians. Hailed by the LA Times as “a dazzling soloist”, she sings in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, and English, but thrives in exploring the voice as an instrument, creating a vast range of innovative textures and vocabulary of extended techniques into her music.

“Vibrant, gear-shifting … a charismatic singer”
— The New York Times

“… a talent quite beyond compare”
— All Music Guide

The relationship between Clarice and the Aquarelles dates back to 2009, when the quartet commissioned her to write a piece for their debut recording with Chandos Records, ‘Spirit of Brazil’. The resultant piece – ‘Danças Nativas’ – earned her a Latin Grammy nomination, and it is building on this success that they have now realised their long-held ambition to collaborate as performers.

Our website page dedicated to the collaboration can be found here.

Manhã de Carnaval

Luiz Bonfá, arr. Vasilis Bessas

A Mi Pueblo

Ismael Ledesma, arr. Mike Baker