Listen: Clarice Assad's Off the Cliff and the Eco-Music Big Band

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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Composer and bandleader Clarice Assad Composer and bandleader Clarice Assad (Cynthia Van Elk)

On October 21, composer Clarice Assad's ensemble Off the Cliff and the Eco-Music Big Band roared in an evening of Latin and jazz musics at DROM for SONiC Afterhours with "Hybridity: Composers Exploring Jazz and Concert Music."

Off the Cliff is an ensemble of piano, percussion and guitar that specializes in a blend of Brazilian, jazz and classical music. Assad has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the Turtle Island String Quartet, among others.

Led by composer Marie Incontrera, a self-described heavy-metal pianist, the 15-piece Eco-Music Big Band releases its debut studio recording, "Colors of Resistance," later this year.


Set One: Off the Cliff

Milton Nascimento, Fernando Brant, Clarice Assad - Fantasia on Cravo e Canela

Clarice Assad - Vem Pro Rio

Renato Frazao, Marcelo Fedra - Barnabé

Carol Panesi - Do Coração

Various - Tempestade

Frederico Demarca, Marcelo Fedra - Santa Rita

Thiago Amud - A Marcha Dos Desacontecimentos

Gabriel Levy - Baião de Cinco

Set Two: Eco-Music Big Band

Zack O'Farrill - Foggy Conscience

Livio Almeidia - Action and Reaction

Felix Del Tredici - Mission Accomplished

Marie Incontrera - Seven Generations

Albert Marques - IDN

This performance was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jeremy Kinney.

The American Composers Orchestra’s inaugural SONiC Festival, presented in 2011, was hailed as "a brilliant and unpretentious showcase for music in the new millennium" (The Guardian). The second edition returned in 2015 with over 20 world premieres, and music from over 80 composers age 40 and under at venues across New York City. Q2 Music is the digital media partner of the SONiC Festival, and all concerts will be available for on-demand streaming at

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