"CIRANDADA" is a word play on the term "CIRANDA" which is a type of music and dance from the Northeastern part of Brazil. Although not all of the songs included in this piece are from that region, the word "CIRANDA" is also characterized by the formation of a small or large circle of people, who gather to perform this music by singing, playing and dancing. The folk music of Brazil is also largely associated with children, for its simplistic and playful nature
As I believe it is important to maintain these melodies alive in our minds, I have created a piece in which fuses more than ten folk Brazilian songs, arranged in extremely contrasting ways as to their original form.
A native of Rio de Janeiro, Ms. Assad was born into one of Brazil's most famous musical families and has performed professionally since the age of seven. Formal piano studies began with Sheila Zagury in Brazil; she then studied with Natalie Fortin and had additional instruction in jazz and Brazilian piano with Leandro Braga. Ms. Assad holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, Roosevelt University, in Chicago, Illinois, and a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Honors and awards include the Aaron Copland Award, the Franklin Honor Society Award, and ASCAP's Morton Gould Young Composer Award. A versatile artist of musical depth and sophistication, Clarice Assad is making her mark as a pianist, vocalist, and composer. She has appeared throughout Brazil, giving performances at São Paulo's Espaco Promom and Sesc, Rio de Janeiro's Teatro Vanucci, Mistura Fina, and Teatro Ipanema, among others. In the US, Ms. Assad has performed at venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Centennial Hall in Arizona, and Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in California.