12 new works exploring stories that connect us all


GRAMMY® Award-winning Third Coast Percussion joins celebrated guitarist Sérgio Assad and vibrant composer and performer Clarice Assad for a new album of collaboratively composed works, featuring twelve musical portraits of timeless character types that appear in stories, legends, and myths throughout the world.

Archetypes are ancient, universal patterns of human behavior that are found in storytelling, mythology, and our daily interactions with one another. With all that separates us from one another — distances that are geographic, ideological, cultural, temporal — the commonalities that transcend these barriers can offer a profound sense of comfort and optimism.

Expressing themselves through guitar, voice, piano, and a battery of percussion instruments, the ensemble draws inspiration from these foundational aspects of the human experience, as well as an array of musical traditions, taking the audience on a far-reaching musical journey grounded in familiar stories.

Click here to learn more about the Archetypes touring concert program, now available for booking.

an abundance of ear candy
— Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Music Sentinel —
It’s thoughtful and provocative in a very good way–soulful but never preachy–and somehow very timely.
— David Hurwitz, Classics Today —
This album is just as delicious as it sounds.
— Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune —
It's the kind of discovery that will have you picking out favorite tracks and listening to them many times over.
— David Rohde, DC Metro Theater Arts —
That not two, not three, but six discrete minds have excelled here is nothing short of remarkable.
— Emery Kerekes, Which Sinfonia —
...a sparkling tonic of a disc.
— Clive Paget, Musical America —
The individual playing is so intensely magnetic at times that it cries out for video.
— Laurence Vittes, Gramophone —