BADI ASSAD – Brazilian (Guitar, Vocals)
Based in São Paulo, Brazil, virtuoso guitar player, singer, vocal juggler and songwriter, Badi Assad has emerged as one of the most versatile artists of her generation. In the words of the Los Angeles Times, Badi Assad redefines solo (guitar) performance! Revelatory, a brilliant display of innovation, imagination, and skill…almost hypnotically compelling!”
With more than 11 albums released worldwide, her 2006 CD Wonderland was selected among the 100 Best from the prestigious BBC London and was also included among the 30 Best on Amazon.com. The US magazine, Guitar Player, selected her from a pool of artists (that included the likes of Ben Harper and Ani DiFranco,) as one of the guitar players that would revolutionize the world.
Embraced by record companies such as Verve (Universal) and eDGe Music (Deutsche Grammophon,) she has played an array of international concerts over the past two decades, including innovative collaborations with Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo-Ma and Sarah McLaughlin, among others. She has performed in some of the most prestigious international festivals, including North Sea Jazz Festival (NE), Stimmen Festival (CH) and in theaters including Paris Opera (FR), Palais de Beaux-Arts (BE) and the Metropolitan Museum of New York.
Badi also represented Brazil in the acclaimed festivals, Farm Aid and Lilith Fair/US. Some of her songs have reached the Top 10 in Europe. Her hit song, Waves was featured in the soundtrack of It Runs in the Family, featuring Michael and Kirk Douglas.
In 2004, with the project, Three Guitars, she toured the world with guitar legends, Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie. In 2006, she started a new project with her Brothers, the famous Duo Assad, masters of the classic guitar. In 2010, to celebrate her 20-year career, she released a commemorative DVD entitled, Badi Assad. Two years later, she went on to release her first independent and authoritative album on her own label Between Love and Luck, for which she was awarded Best Composer of The Year (APCA/BR) and was selected as among the Brazilian guitar masters of history by Rolling Stone Magazine.
In January of 2014, Badi was commissioned by The Guitar Film Festival Marathon in New York, to compose for the remake of the Chinese silent film, The Goddess (1934). Invited to also serve in the role of Festival Curator, she not only performed her composition live at New York’s Merkin Hall, but also received a New York Times highlight as Best of the Festival.
In July she released Casa de Cantos, her first CD dedicated to children, garnering Trophy Cata-Vento for Best CD of the year. In August, she began writing a weekly column about music for the online version of TOP Magazine.