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CLARICE ASSAD feat. Keita Ogawa plus SERGIO ASSAD & Melody Moore
October 02, 2012
Brazil's freshest symphonic & chamber music composer, arranger, singer-songwriter and pianist with Japanese percussionist/drummer
Just announced special guests: Melody Moore (operatic soprano) and GRAMMY-award winning guitarist / the one and only father of Clarice: Sergio Assad
"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
Tuesday, Oct 2
- 8pm $22
Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a "serious triple threat...a veritable musical dynamo” and "one of Brazil's brightest young composers" (Gramophone), Clarice Assad is making her mark in the music world as a pianist, arranger, vocalist and a composer. A prolific and versatile artist of musical depth and sophistication, Assad's music embraces a wide variety of styles, which are often merged, as to fashion original musical concepts.
Highlights include the premiere of "Terra Brasilis" a five-minute fantasy on the Brazilian National Anthem commissioned by OSESP and its new music director Marin Alsop, to be performed in March 2012. Also in March, Ms. Assad will be performing in the world premiere of her concerto “Scattered” with the Symphony Parnassus. This work is the first known concerto for scat vocalist, piano and orchestra. In April, the release of Home, a new recording exploring Brazilian themes written by Assad with percussionists Keita Ogawa and Yousif Sheronick on Adventure Music. Ms. Assad has been commissioned to write for the Hidden World of Girls Symphonic Project under the direction of Marin Alsop to be premiered in June 2012 as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Cabrillo Music Festival. The summer also brings two commissions in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the BRAVO! Vail Music Festival with a solo piano piece for pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and another work, featuring the festival’s former music directors: flutist Eugenia Zuckerman and violinist Ida Kavafian. October brings the world premiere of a new concerto for two guitars and chamber orchestra featuring Sergio and Odair Assad, commissioned by Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. Clarice Assad's website
Hailing originally from Nagasaki, Japan, Keita Ogawa is one of the most versatile and sought-after percussionists in New York City.
He started his music career on drum set at the age of 15.After performing regularly in Tokyo for several years, Keita decided to pursue his musical studies overseas. He was accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in fall of 2005 where he studied with legendary musicians and educators Manuel “Egui” Castrillo, Jamey Haddad, Tito De Gracia, David Rosado, and Mark Walker. Seeking full immersion into the world of Brazilian percussion, Keita relocated to Rio de Janeiro for 3 months and studied with the some of the country's most respected musicians- Jorginho do Pandeiro, Celsinho Silva, Kiko Freitas, and Marcio Bahia among others.
Since his arrival in America, Keita has performed with some of the biggest names in modern music including Yo-yo-ma, Assad Brothers, Clarice Assad, Homero Lubambo, Christian Mcbride, Terri Lyne Carrington, Osvaldo Golijov, Alisa Weilerstein, Gustavo Dudamel, Danilo Perez, George Duke, Dominick Farinacci, Cyro Baptista, Jamey Haddad, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Gretchen Parlato, Eric Harland, Tiger Okoshi, John Lockwood, Mark Walker, Fernando Brandao, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and more.
Keita can virtually play any percussion instrument and musical style with fluency and unparalleled musicality. Despite his youth, he has set an example for the next generation of world-class musicians. Keita's passion for crossing musical borders and uniting differences in cultures is a rare talent which he exhibits with a smile and an open heart. Keita Ogawa's website