For Immediate Release

Contact: Stephanie Janes PR, (617) 419-0445,

Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director

Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad, & Third Coast Percussion


Saturday, January 25, 2020, 8pm — NEC’s Jordan Hall

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(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad, and Third Coast Percussion, "Archetypes" on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA. Media partner is 99.5 WCRB.

Tickets start at $35 and are available online at, by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at NEC’s Box Office, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA.

This performance marks the eighth Celebrity Series performance for Sérgio Assad; he made his debut in 1996 and was seen most recently in 2018 with Odair Assad and mandolinist Avi Avital. Clarice Assad returns for her second Celebrity Series performance, having made her debut with The Assad Family in 2014. This performance will be the second Celebrity Series performance for Third Coast Percussion; they debuted on Stave Sessions in 2015.

For their latest project, GRAMMY-winning percussion quartet Third Coast Percussion joins Brazilian music legends Sérgio and Clarice Assad for “Archetypes,” a new program that uses original compositions to examine the 12 Jungian archetypes: characters and themes that appear in stories, myths, and legends across time periods and different cultures. Sérgio and Clarice Assad and Third Coast Percussion will perform “Archetypes” on the Celebrity Series of Boston at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall on January 25, 2020. Visit or call 617-482-2595 for more information.

Clarice Assad (b. 1978),   The Rebel
Sérgio Assad (b. 1952),   The Innocent
Sérgio Assad,   The Orphan
David Skidmore (b. 1982),   The Lover
Sérgio Assad,      The Magician
Peter Martin (b. 1980),    The Ruler
Clarice Assad,      The Jester
Clarice Assad,      The Caregiver
Robert Dillon (b. 1980),   The Sage
Sean Connors (b. 1981),   The Creator
Clarice Assad,      The Hero
Sérgio Assad,      The Explorer

Sérgio and Clarice Assad first heard Third Coast Percussion at the 2016 Ear Taxi Festival in Chicago, a contemporary classical music festival spearheaded by composer Augusta Read Thomas. Every performance at the Festival was a double billing, so as to maximize chances that audience members would discover a new artist or ensemble. This is exactly what happened for Sérgio and Clarice Assad when they heard Third Coast Percussion: “We were blown away,” said Clarice.

After that initial encounter, the Assads reached out directly to Third Coast to ask if they’d like to work on a project together. It didn’t take long for the members of Third Coast to respond with an enthusiastic yes. The Assads suggested the idea of exploring the Jungian archetypes (The Ruler, The Sage, The Jester, and The Rebel, to name a few). The program will comprise new pieces, some composed by the Assads and some by Third Coast, each with a specific soundworld corresponding to the different archetypes. The combination of Third Coast’s expansive collection of instruments, Sérgio on guitar, and Clarice on piano and vocals provides near infinite possibilities for variation in timbre and color.

Since their founding almost 15 years ago, Third Coast Percussion has fully leaned into the collaborative spirit, frequently disregarding arbitrary genre demarcations. In the last few seasons alone, Third Coast has collaboratively composed a new soundtrack to a classic film (“Paddle to the Sea” in 2018); created a new evening-length program of dance and live music with the renowned troupe Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; and released an album, “Fields,” with music written for them by Devonté Hynes (known in R&B spheres as Blood Orange). This new project with Sérgio and Clarice Assad neatly fits into the group’s mission to expand the repertoire for percussion ensemble and broaden public perception of what percussion instruments can do.

“Sérgio and Clarice are phenomenal musicians who have been a constant source of inspiration for us throughout the process of putting this project together,” says David Skidmore of Third Coast Percussion. “Our musical worlds have fit together better than we could have ever hoped, and we can’t wait to share this music with the world.”

About the Artists

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 33 of the 50 states plus international tour dates in Colombia, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, and Poland.

Third Coast Percussion has commissioned and premiered new works by Philip Glass, Jlin, Tyondai Braxton, Augusta Read Thomas, Devonté Hynes, Georg Friedrich Haas, Donnacha Dennehy, Glenn Kotche, Christopher Cerrone, David T. Little, and today’s leading up-and-coming composers through its Emerging Composers Partnership Program.

Third Coast Percussion is: Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, David Skidmore.

Brazilian-born guitarist Sérgio Assad, who tours with his brother Odair as The Assad Brothers, has created a new standard of guitar innovation, ingenuity and expression. His exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble-playing comes from a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and studies under guitarist/lutenist Monina Távora, a disciple of Andrés Segovia. The brothers’ virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger, and Francisco Mignone. Sérgio Assad has added to their repertoire by composing music for the duo and for various musical partners both with symphony orchestra and in recitals. They have worked extensively with such renowned artists as Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Gidon Kremer and Dawn Upshaw.

The Assad Brothers began playing together at an early age and their international career began with a major prize at the 1979 Young Artists Competition in Bratislava. Their repertoire explores folk, jazz and various styles of Latin music. Their classical repertoire includes transcriptions of the great Baroque keyboard literature of Bach, Rameau, and Scarlatti and adaptations of works by Gershwin, Ginastera, and Debussy; thus making their touring programs a compelling blend of styles, periods and cultures.

A powerful communicator renowned for her musical scope and versatility, Brazilian-American Clarice Assad is a significant artistic voice in the classical, world music, pop and jazz genres, renowned 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 are published in France (Editions Lemoine), Germany (Trekel), Criadores do Brasil (Brazil) and in the US by Virtual Artists Collective Publishing. A sought-after performer, she is a celebrated pianist and inventive vocalist. Ms. Assad has released seven solo albums and appeared on 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. As an innovator, her award-winning Voxploration Series on music education, creation, songwriting and improvisation has been presented throughout the United States, Brazil, Europe and the Middle East. With her talents sought-after by artists and organizations worldwide, the multi-talented musician continues to attract new audiences both onstage and off.

About Celebrity Series of Boston  

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 81 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience—on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods–everywhere.

Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2019-20 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose support helps fulfill our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, The Boston Foundation, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., Foley & Lardner LLP, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Liberty Mutual Foundation, The Klarman Family Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Outside the Box: A Production of the Boston Arts Summer Institute, Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, Anonymous, and many others.