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Badi Assad, named as one of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists, has released her latest album, Cantos de Casa, (Songs of Home) this week. This follows her Love and Luck CD of 2013 and it is the second one produced by her new independent label, Quatro Ventos.

Cantos de Casa includes a dozen of the fifty songs Badi has written after her move from São Paulo to the countryside, a creative flurry inspired by the birth of her daughter Sofia, who will be turning seven years old this year. “This was an intense period of songwriting for both myself and my daughter,” she says.

This album release culminates an especially productive time for Badi: this past January, she co-curated the second half of the 2014 New York Guitar Festival’s Guitar Marathon and premiered her score for Wu Yonggang’s 1934 silent film, The Goddess. The marathon included a diverse number of spirited, memorable performances by guitarists Douglas Lora and Joao Luiz of the Brasil Guitar Duo, Brazilian jazz guitarist Romero Lubambo, Peruvian classical guitarist Jorge Caballero and Uruguayan Cecilia Siqueira and Brazilian Fernando Lima of the Duo Siquiera/Lima.

adi performed her own mesmerizing lullaby, “The Being Between,” her guitar positioned as a prepared lap guitar as she tapped its strings with a drumstick. She also performed Luiz Gonzaga’s Villa-Lobos-influenced “Assum Preto,” with its haunting lyrics about a caged songbird. The concert closed with a spirited jam between Badi and Romero Lubambo, with her singing and strumming on her electric-acoustic Frame Works travel guitar as Lubambo’s exuberant playing and singing matched her in improvisational brilliance.

The younger sister of the acclaimed guitar duo, The Assad Brothers, it comes as no surprise that Badi started her musical career playing classical guitar. However, when symptoms of a motor disability arose, she completely revised her approach to playing and further developed her astonishing, Bobby McFerrin-esque vocal gifts, which allow her to sing and intone vocal percussive effects simultaneously with an otherworldly, ethereal effect. She has since made a complete recovery and performs her distinctive fusion of pop, jazz and Brazilian music the world over. She has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah McLachlan, Brazilian songwriter Seu Jorge and Brazilian jazz percussionist, vocalist and berimbau player, Naná Vasconcelos.

Immediately following her U.S. concert dates, Badi recorded Cantos de Casa at Studio D in Sausalito, California before departing for a European tour with concerts in Denmark, The Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia, Spain and Sweden.

She also toured Cantos de Casa throughout Brazil this past spring with a children’s theatrical troupe production, complete with colorful costume changes and accompanying musicians who played instruments made from common household items, such as mops, a tambourine made of a saucer flower vase and a bass guitar built from a bucket and broom handle.

The album is gently whimsical and magical, appealing to all ages and features all of Badi’s musical inventiveness and playfulness. Each song on the album offers a colorful vignette that chimes universally between any parent and child. “O Chacoalho” captures the rhythmical, energetic spirit of a growing baby rattling inside his mother’s belly. Sleepyheads are cajoled to wake and prepare for a school day in “Salvador,” where the lyrics humorously convey the importance of taking care of one’s teeth, complete with brushing sounds. “Café da manha,” sung by Badi’s daughter Sofia, is a hilarious litany of her weekly morning snack indulgences, which includes her vow not to eat things that are bad for her though she does make an exception to taste a disgusting caterpillar.

The song “Corpinho musical” on Cantos de Casa urges the exploration of all the musical noises and possibilities one can make, as “your little body is a musical instrument.” “No colo do papai,” is a gentle lullaby that speaks of the strength given to a child through a father’s love and playfulness. And “Qual e a da agua?” which translates to “How is the water?” coaxes the reluctant toward the bath.

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Badi @Acoustic Guitar

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Acoustic Guitar Sessions Presents Badi Assad

Discussing a range of topics, legendary Brazilian guitarist and singer Badi Assad stopped by to film an Acoustic Guitar Sessions video and play a song from her latest album, Between Love and Luck.

Assad, who will be the subject of a feature in the July issue of the magazine, discussed her musical upbringing and her shift away from classical and toward more avant-garde styles, as well as her preference for light, compact Frame Works guitars when touring.

See more at: acousticguitar.com

Wonderful Tours

Dear old and new friends,

 I’m writing after a wonderful European and American tour that left me with a lot of great memories, amazing new friends, great reviews and the knowledge that I’m still feeding my concerts with a lot of passion and energy!

 

The European portion of it I did just by myself, but crossing the ocean I met my family. This photo was taken by Morgan Shansson in SF on April 8th. It is always a delightful experience to make music and hang out with my brothers Sérgio and Odair & their daughters Clarice and Carolina. A real personal and artistic pleasure.
As a small gift to thank you for your support, here goes my first Mobile APP for Android!
(Note: I’m sorry if it won’t work to other devices… Some day :)
Before saying goodbye, I want to share some very nice reviews from Europe:
Gävle, Sweden on March 28th:
“She uses her voice in an unconventional way, seems to be able to do anything with it; Under the right conditions Badi needed no more than a guitar – and copious amounts of talent, willfulness, charm, humor and creativity”.  Nils Ahnland (Arbetarebladet)

 
“It looks so easy, but is oh so difficult. It does not matter what genre she is getting herself into; samba, blues, show – that jazz envelope is there all the time. It does not matter that half of the songs performed are in Portuguese, the feeling is still right for the large crowd. Being completely alone on stage and still be such a colorful kaleidoscope is great art and rewarded with heartfelt ovation”.  Erik Süss (Gävle Dagbladet)

 

This in Bilbao, Spain on 18 March.

 

 

Kisses from a sunny but chilly São Paulo,
Badi Assad

Badi Assad @ Bret Williams podcast

Episode 26 – A podcast by Bret Williams discovered
…” Badi Assad drops by and slaps me in my face, grabs my chin and says “don’t tell me what to do!” , slaps me again and then tells us about her journey from classical guitarist to brazillian pop princess”…

http://player.fm/series/classical-guitar-insider/episode-26-badi-assad

European Tour

Sesc Santana, Photo Roberto Aso

Hi,

So much going on! I just came back from a wonderful tour in the US (see links to reviews below), and I’ll be flying again next week, this time to Europe: Holland, Portugal, Poland, Chech Republic, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Denmark. I hope you can make it!

Check the complete list of tour dates here: badiassad.com/en/tour/

If you’re close by, come to say hi! I would love to see you again and share some music experiences together!

The release of my new cd ‘Love and Other Manias’ is scheduled for the end of March. Stay tuned! I’ll let you know when the date comes up!

Take care,

Badi

NY

Here.. in my U.S. manager and new friends including 2 time Grammy winner and folk icon Ramblin' Jack Elliott who has his arms around me!!!

Here.. in my U.S. manager and new friends including 2 time Grammy winner and folk icon Ramblin’ Jack Elliott who has his arms around me!!!

Dear friends,

Writing already from Brazil…
My tour in the US was meteoric. Marks were left, luckily positive:)

I performed at the Merkin Hall, got a great review at the NYTimes, played live the 72 minutes of the silent film ‘The Goddess’ in NY (standing ovation!), rehearsed and recorded with the amazing blues player Roy Rogers, met wonderful people … Want more? Yeah, but those were the peaks of joy :)

I am writing to share some of those moments. This press is already result of the campaign I run with Indiegogo. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

NYTimes

TV station NY1 (in spanish- solo)

TV station NY1 (in english- with kaki king)

WNYC Radio

WBGO Radio

That’s all
Thank you for being there. Sharing is always a pleasure…
Love&Luck
Badi Assad