Lara Downes & Clarice Assad: World Of Change
Pianist Lara Downes and composer and multi-instrumentalist Clarice Assad present World of Change, a concert considering the changing climate and the acceleration of our device-intensive existence. In this musical exploration, Clarice and Lara take a step back from the political and international turmoil to consider the wider landscape of our world and to pose self-reflective questions about how we interact with it.
Classically trained and having taught in some of Europe’s most prestigious conservatories, Lara Downes now finds herself fully rooted in musical activism and advocacy. Across her 20-year career, she has recorded tributes to Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday, recorded world premieres of works by Florence Price, explored the songbook of Leonard Bernstein and more recently recorded a fascinating alternate history of modern music featuring the voices and works of underrepresented women. A foremost figure in their recent collaborations is Grammy-nominated composer, pianist, vocalist and educator Clarice Assad. A member of a Brazilian musical dynasty who has become one of the Western Hemisphere’s most versatile talents, Clarice has garnered a reputation as a bold singer, captivating pianist, radiant classical guitarist and exploratory composer throughout her career as a prominent voice in the classical, world music, pop and jazz genres.
The Clarice's Visiting Artist Series is committed to providing extensive campus and community engagement opportunities that extend academic learning and cultural opportunities. As part of their residency, Clarice Assad will hold a Composer Colloquium with University of Maryland School of Music student composers and Lara Downes will lead a masterclass with the Collaborative Piano Studio. The duo will also present a Concert in the Quad in partnership with the Arts Scholars program, take part in the School of Music’s Renegade series, lead a percussion masterclass and host both a pre-concert talk and a meet & greet.