Circandas

“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.

Clarice’s skills as composer, singer, pianist, and improviser have enabled her to collaborate with Boston musicians of many ages and backgrounds. Clarice, joined by percussionist Keita Ogawa led workshops at three separate youth programs. At Camp Harbor View, they have made glorious music with singer David Fuller and the young campers of his Music Club. At ZUMIX in East Boston, they have jammed with young students and with faculty members Sissy Castrogiovanni and Jenny Shulman, under the care and guidance of ZUMIX Co-Founder and Executive Director Madeleine Steczynski. A third group helped launch the final concert: the Brazilian drumming ensemble Grooversity, led by the charismatic Marcus Santos. His ensemble comprises musicians from the Berklee College of Music and younger students as well.

Composer:

Assad

Arranger:

Assad

Length:

20 min

Instrumentation:

Full Orchestra and Singers

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Commissioned by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra