Camerata Pacifica Presents World Premiere by Clarice Assad


Camerata Pacifica’s 2023-24 season wraps with a world premiere by Grammy-nominated Brazilian-American composer Clarice Assad, commissioned for accordion, clarinet, cello, and percussion and written for and featuring Julien Labro, one of the world’s foremost accordion players in both jazz and classical genres. Additionally, Camerata Pacifica presents Principal Oboe Nicholas Daniel, whose playing “bursts with exuberant charisma and optimistic allure” ( on the U.S. premiere of British composer Martin Butler’s scintillating Remember This Fire for oboe and percussion, which was inspired by Ezra Pound’s poem The Alchemist. The season finale also includes New Zealand-Greek composer John Psathas’ One Study, a virtuosic work for marimba, with junk percussion and digital audio, and Listen, Quiet for cello and electronics by Paola Prestini, named one of the Top 35 Female Composers in Classical Music (Washington Post) and known for her “otherwordly…outright gorgeous music” (The New York Times). Other featured artists are Principal Cello Ani Aznavoorian; Principal Clarinet Jose Franch-Ballester; and Principal Percussion Ji Hye Jung. The program includes projections by noted video artist S Katy Tucker.