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Off the Cliff

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Off the Cliff

Off the Cliff

OFF THE CLIFF is Clarice Assad's four piece ensemble that mixes jazz, classical, avant garde, Brazilian and world music. They work with a variety of instruments in different combinations and have performed internationally. Keita Ogawa, percussionist, and João Luiz Rezende, guitarist, complete the trio.
 
A composer, pianist, and an overall practitioner of vocalese, Brazilian native Clarice has had numerous successful compositions and performances in the realms of jazz, classical, ballet, theater and world music.  She has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Concertgebow in Amsterdam, San Francisco Jazz, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.  As a vocalist, Clarice explores technically innovated singing styles.  

Hailing originally from Nagasaki, Japan, Keita is one of the most versatile and sought-after percussionists in New York City. Since his arrival in America, Keita has performed with some of the biggest names in modern music including Yo-yo-ma, Danilo Perez, Cyro Baptista and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Guitarist, João Luiz Rezende, completes the trio. Born in São Paulo, João Luiz began his musical studies at age 11 and has gone on to gain international acclaim as one of the new breed of Brazilian guitarists who integrates traditional Brazilian music with jazz and classical genres.