Brazilian-American composer/vocalist/pianist Clarice Assad, a NYFOS Next curator and featured composer on our mainstage series in recent years, performs the Brazilian classic “Beatriz” with her father Sergio Assad on guitar.
Edu Lobo and Chico Buarque are two of Brazil’s most celebrated artists of all time. I chose this video with my father and me performing this song because every other recording of this amazing tune is so overly produced with heavy arrangements and strings; I just wanted to really savor the complexity of this song by keeping it as simple as possible. And what could be more raw than guitar and voice?
Following yesterday’s post about Gabriela Frank and Anne Ronell, I started thinking about Clarice Assad. She is a wonderful pianist, composer and vocalist. If you hear her in concert, you will probably be swept away by her virtuosic Brazilian scat singing. But being Brazilian, she owns Brazilian music and is one of the upcoming keepers of the traditional flame as well as a creator of the next music in the Brazilian musical lineage. I think of her as an American woman since she lives in the U.S. and works here, and I’m grateful that she spends a good part of her musical life here. We need this music. Today’s songs isn’t by Clarice, it’s Tom Jobim, but I was so touched by her unpretentious performance with her father, guitarist Sergio Assad, I wanted to share it with you. Do yourself a favor and listen to the recordings of her music too!
“Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar” by Tom Jobim/Vinicius de Moraes
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