“Sergio and Odair Assad have moved ­audiences and ­inspired ­guitarists around the world for over 30 years with revelatory ­performances of ­Latin American ­music and European classics, ­original ­compositions, deep musicality, and supple, ­almost ­telepathic, guitar duo ­performances.”

San ­Francisco Classical Voice

“Clarice Assad is quite simply a phenomenon who has streaked across the world’s musical landscape like one of those comets that appears just once in a lifetime.”

Latin Jazz Network

“[Third Coast Percussion is] Impressively combining creative fearlessness with ­reverent precision”

BBC Music Magazine

Archetypes: Sérgio Assad, guitar | Clarice Assad, piano & vocals | Third Coast Percussion

This project will premiere at the Green Music Center at the University of California, Sonoma in January 2020. Archetypes explores the universal ­symbolic ­archetypes that appear in stories, legends, and myths throughout the world—great floods, ­creation, paradise, apocalypses—as well as ­characters that appear in stories across cultures. ­Expressing themselves through guitar, voice, and percussion quartet, the ensemble will explore global musical traditions taking the audience on a vast musical journey grounded in familiar stories.

Archetypes are ancient, universal patterns of ­human behavior that manifest through us each day. In storytelling, an ­archetype can be a ­character, a setting, a theme, or it can even be a particular outcome. This may explain how some stories can sound almost identical, even if they originate from vastly ­different cultures across the globe and ­feature characters and settings that are in ­complete contrast with one another.