Transcending traditional styles of native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and ethnic sounds from around the world, Badi Assad has inspired audiences and critics worldwide with her unique combination of technical mastery and innovation. Vibrant and electric, her performances combine extraordinary guitar talent, unique mouth percussion, beautiful singing and rhythmic body movement to create an exciting, fresh sound that leaves spectators breathless.
Assad will perform at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Thursday, January 31 at 7pm. Acclaimed jazz musicians Michael Ross and Fred Johnson will open the show. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at www.wslr.org
Badi Assad is one of Brazil’s most talented performers. A heartfelt vocalist who sings in English and Portuguese and is known for her Bobby McFerrin-like improvisations, Assad is also one of the country’s truly accomplished guitar players. With more than 14 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.
In 2004, with the release of 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 July of 2011 the Assad Festival was created to honor the work of the family as ambassadors of Brazilian music worldwide. In the following year she went on to release Between Love and Luck, her first independent album on her own label, for which she was awarded Best Composer of The Year (APCA/BR). Her Pega no Coco won first prize for Best World Music Song at the USA International Songwriting Competition. Rolling Stone Magazine selected her as among the 70 Best Brazilian Guitar Masters of History.
In 2016 Hatched received acclaimed reviews for incubating a new Brazilophilic way to listen to global hits from modern icon labels including Lorde and Skrillex. In 2018 she released her first book, Around the World in 80 Artists (Pólen Livros). The film, BADI directed by Edu Felistoque was named Best Film by The FestCine Maracanaú in Fortaleza, Brazil and had its international debut at the 2018 Brasil Summerfest in New York.