THIRD COAST PERCUSSION AND SÉRGIO AND CLARICE ASSAD NOMINATED
FOR THE 2022 GRAMMY AWARDS® IN THE CATEGORIES OF: BEST CHAMBER
MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE, BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITIONAND BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, CLASSICAL
The trailblazing Third Coast Percussion (TCP), celebrated Brazilian guitarist Sérgio Assad, and multi-talented Brazilian vocalist/composer/instrumentalist Clarice Assad released the album Archetypes on March 12, 2021 via Cedille Records. The recording—which features a collaboratively composed program conjuring 12 universal archetypes— was recently nominated for the GRAMMY Awards® in three categories: Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance; Best Contemporary Classical Composition; and Best Engineered Album, Classical. This marks the first time that TCP is nominated for a GRAMMY Award® as both performers and composers. These are also the first GRAMMY® nominations for Sérgio and Clarice Assad.
The musical work comprising Archetypes depicts figures—such as the Rebel, Lover, Magician, Jester, Hero, and Explorer—through 12 short pieces that combine imaginative chamber music with Latin jazz rhythms. The Assads each composed four of the pieces, while the four TCP members—Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and David Skidmore—each wrote a piece based on an archetype of their choosing. Their collaborative efforts resulted in 12 striking musical portraits that highlight TCP’s vast color palette, Sérgio’s guitar mastery, and Clarice’s versatile musicianship.
Producer: Elaine Martone
Session Engineers: Bill Maylone, Dan Nichols, Jonathan Lackey
Editing, Mixing, and Mastering: Bill Maylone
Recorded: Chicago Recording Company, January 28-31, 2020
Art & Design: Bark Design Chicago
Photography: Carolina Mariana Rodríguez
Liner Notes: Robert Dillon and David Skidmore
Publisher Tracks 4, 6, 9,10 © 2020 Third Coast Percussion Publications; tracks 2, 3, 5, 12 © Sérgio Assad Music; tracks 1, 7, 8, 11 © Virtual Artists Collective Publishing
This album was partially funded by a grant from the DEW Foundation, with additional support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the City of Chicago Department of Culture Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
ABOUT THIRD COAST PERCUSSION
Third Coast Percussion is a Grammy Award-winning Chicago-based percussion quartet.
For 15 years, the ensemble has created exciting and unexpected performances that constantly redefine the classical music experience. The ensemble has been praised for “commandingly elegant” (New York Times) performances, the “rare power” (Washington Post) of their recordings, and “an inspirational sense of fun and curiosity” (Minnesota Star-Tribune). Third Coast Percussion maintains a busy tour schedule, with past performances in 35 of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., plus international tour dates on 4 continents. Third Coast Percussion has commissioned and premiered over 60 new works by composers including Philip Glass, Augusta Read Thomas, and Devonté Hynes. Third Coast Percussion is formed by: Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and David Skidmore.
Website: thirdcoastpercussion.com . Facebook, Instagram, YouTube: @thirdcoastpercussion / Twitter: @ thirdcoastperc
ABOUT SÉRGIO ASSAD
Sérgio Assad has long been one of the most recognized figures of the classical guitar world. Beginning as a virtuoso performer in a duo with his brother Odair, he quickly began enlarging the repertoire through extraordinary arrangements and transcriptions, and, in later years, developed a serious and vibrant voice as a composer. His works, always crafted with surprising insights gained from his technical abilities as a player, are frequently performed by guitarists around the world. Assad won his first Latin Grammy Award in 2002 for the album Sérgio and Odair Assad Play Piazzolla, went on to win again in 2008, and was nominated twice in 2010 for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Assad was on the faculty of the Conservatoire Royal de Musique of Brussels (1994-1996), the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University (2003-2006), and is currently teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
ABOUT CLARICE ASSAD
Brazilian-American composer and performer Clarice Assad is a significant artistic voice in the classical, world music, pop, and jazz genres, recognized for her evocative colors, rich textures, and diverse stylistic range. A prolific Grammy-nominated composer with over 70 works to her credit, her work has been commissioned by internationally renowned organizations, festivals, and artists, and is published in France (Editions Lemoine), Germany (Trekel), Brazil (Criadores do Brasil), and the U.S. (Virtual Artists Collective Publishing). A celebrated pianist and inventive vocalist, Assad has released seven solo albums and appeared, or had her works performed, on another 30. Her music is represented on Cedille Records, SONY Masterworks, Nonesuch, Adventure Music, Edge, Telarc, NSS Music, GHA, and CHANDOS. Her award-winning Voxploration Series on music education, creation, songwriting, and improvisation, has been presented throughout the U.S., Brazil, Europe, and the Middle East. With her multiple talents sought-after by artists and organizations worldwide, she continues to attract new audiences both onstage and of.