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New guitar concerto by Clarice Assad

Brazilian Guitar concerto by Assad will be an exciting addition to the guitar repertoire and an important premiere for the SF Conservatory.

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O Saci-Pererê (Concerto For Guitar & Chamber Orchestra)

Posted on February 1, 2016 by Clarice Assad

Video of the premiere. 

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A very successful Premiere!

Posted on January 21, 2016 by Clarice Assad

Great playing. a long standing ovation and two rave reviews of Saci-Pererê are a GREAT start for a piece that I hope will make a substantial contribution to the classical guitar repertoire.  THANKS TO EVERYONE INVOLVED ! video and audio coming soon !

We have a premiere date at the San Francisco Conservatory !

Posted on February 25, 2015 by Clarice Assad

We’re very happy to announce that O SACI-PERERÊ, concerto for guitar and orchestra will be premiered on Jan. 14th, 2016 at the San Francisco Conservatory. # Marc Teicholz, guitar  #Nicole Paiement, conductor

Saci-Pererê, Video – Part 1

Posted on November 7, 2014 by Clarice Assad

Just finished uploading the first video about the concerto ! The next installement will likely be some footage of Marc’s playing, so stay tuned :) – C.

Saci-Pererê (Concerto)

Posted on July 7, 2014 by Clarice Assad

 I am on my way to Tuscany ( a guitar retreat/seminar) and will be surrounded by guitar players, so I am bringing my score  to get some people to look over some passages for me and make sure they are not too crazy !

I am currently working on short cadenza for the last movement, working out the ending in my head and arranging the piece (which is something I save for the very end).  Arranging is one of my favorite things to do in the whole world and I like to leave it for the end for that reason …

 The score calls for some vocalizing , finger snapping, stomping  and other effects, so I am concentrating on how to make the  timing of these elements fit in with the flow of the music,  while being careful so that these extra ‘things’ do not  take too much attention away from the solo guitar …

 As usual with a guitar concerto, it is a bit tricky to balance the guitar *a very soft instrument, with an orchestra.  Even when amplified, it is still a very delicate instrument that is easily covered up.  So, these are the challenges for the time being. So excited to be writing this piece, and to write it for such a great guitarist, Marc Teicholz.


I am commissioning a guitar concerto from the well-known Brazilian composer Clarice Assad (http://clariceassad.com). Clarice is a uniquely qualified composer for this project. She has extensive experience writing and arranging for orchestra (she was the composer-in-residence for the New Century Orchestra) as well as writing concertos (she has, for example, written two for violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.) She also has an intimate knowledge of the guitar (she is the daughter of the legendary guitarist Sergio Assad and has written a double concerto for the Assad duo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMYCoqTPCVY.)

Clarice has chosen for her inspiration a mischievous Brazilian folkloric character named Saci (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saci_(Brazilian_folklore)). This smelly one legged imp with holes in his hands is responsible for many pranks but can also turn into a bird that sings a melancholy song (which is featured in the 2nd movement.) I met with Clarice in NY and she showed me some of the themes that she is going to use for the piece.  The music is already bristling with humor, sadness and menace.  Sergio Assad has also offered his extraordinary expertise to edit the guitar part.

I will premiere this concerto in the fall  of 2015 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music  (where I am a member the classical guitar faculty, http://www.sfcm.edu/web/sfcm/faculty/teicholz.aspx) with my wonderful colleague, conductor Nicole Paiement (http://nicolepaiement.com/index.html) and the New Music Ensemble.  This would be a very important premiere for the SF Conservatory as well as unique educational opportunity for the students to work with such a talented composer in the launching of a new work.

The performance is also notable in its collaboration with the Harris Guitar Foundation-a non profit organization dedicated to supporting the classical guitar in the Bay Area.  The HGF has donated several rare and valuable vintage guitars to the SF Conservatory and I would play one of these exceptional guitars for the performance.

It is a rare opportunity to find a composer who is equally comfortable writing for both orchestra and the guitar.  That is perhaps one of the reasons that few guitar concerti are performed.  It is my hope and belief that many guitarists will champion this concerto in the future and we will have a lasting contribution to our repertoire.


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Assad’s Dreamscapes: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg w/New Century Orchestra

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Features: Clarice Assad

Dreamscapes is a musical depiction of what happens during a dream from the moment one falls asleep, until fully awake. The most important notion to keep in mind is that the self represents peacefulness, harmony and beauty while the unconscious is always forcing negative scenarios. And the solo violin, with its major force and constant presence within the piece, battles its way through a maze of unpredictability and uncertainty as it ventures to adapt itself to the constant transmutations of the dream.

Paulo Bellinati’s ‘Un Amor di Valsa’ played by Marc Teicholz
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Features: Marc Teicholz

This is a performance of a nostalgic Brazilian waltz written by Paulo Bellinati. This one of several videos that can be found on Youtube of a live recital I gave in Los Angeles at Guitar Salon International in February of 2012.

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