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”…

European Tour

Sesc Santana, Photo Roberto Aso


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:

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,



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!


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…
Badi Assad

New York Times

Several Chefs Cooking a Latin Recipe, Blending Melodies and Genres
Badi Assad Is a Headliner at New York Guitar Festival

Folk, pop and classical music meet in unlikely places in South America. That was one recurring motif, along with nimble fingers, attention to detail and a sense of humor, in Monday night’s concert at Merkin Concert Hall. It was the evening half of the New York Guitar Festival’s free pair of concerts, “Guitar Marathon: Las Americas,” which was recorded for WNYC’s Soundcheck. The afternoon show had featured North American music, down through Mexico. The evening concert was a quintuple bill largely chosen by its headliner, the Brazilian guitarist Badi Assad, with musicians from Brazil, Uruguay and Peru and a repertoire that also embraced Argentina and Venezuela.

Ms. Assad was the least classifiable musician in the lineup. Years ago, she started making albums as a classical guitarist like her brothers, the duo Sérgio and Odair Assad, but recently she has featured her singing. On Monday, she arrived with a headset microphone and an electric guitar (which could simulate acoustic-guitar tones) that had a drumstick under the strings, lifting them away from the frets. The first sounds she played, in “The Being Between,” were sliding pitches suggesting a koto; soon she was plucking and tapping ethereal chords on both sides of the drumstick and then cooing, in a voice like affectionate baby talk, about innocence and mysticism: “The human’s journey/A cactus flower in a father’s hand.”

She continued with Brazilian pop songs transformed by her imaginative virtuosity, moving from gauzy delicacy to vigorous propulsion, from dreaming to dancing and back. One song summed up the concert. Ms. Assad had discovered that the chords of a Brazilian standard about a caged songbird, Luiz Gonzaga’s “Assum Preto,” matched the harmonies of “Estudio No. 1,” by Heitor Villa-Lobos, with its cascading arpeggios. So she merged them, singing mournfully and then mimicking birdcalls.

Romero Lubambo, a Brazilian guitarist based in the United States, brought classical-guitar meticulousness to his jazzy solo improvisations; he was also the concert’s most puckish presence. He made tunes materialize out of quick-changing chords, and his samba and bossa nova rhythms could ease their way from subliminal pulse to the center of attention. He toyed with buzzing textures and insistent dissonances in a brisk version of “Aquarela do Brasil,” and in his “P’ro Flavio,” a whirlwind of dissonance and pointillistic picking coalesced into yet another upbeat melody.

Jorge Caballero, a masterly classical guitarist born in Peru, chose the concert’s prickliest piece: the Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera’s Sonata (Op. 47), which splinters Argentine folk elements into stark modernist declamations on the way to a final movement that picks up the momentum of a folk dance. With his meticulous balance and chameleonic timbres, he also played more ingratiating reflections on local heritage: the Venezuelan composer Antonio Lauro’s “Suite Venezolano” and two Chopinesque waltzes by the Paraguayan composer Agustin Barrios.

The concert also included two guitar duos. The Brasil Guitar Duo — João Luiz Rezende Lopes and Douglas Lora — concentrated, naturally, on Brazil. Their intricately shared arrangements sooner or later found their way toward warm melodies and pinpoint dance rhythms, particularly in a medley of Egberto Gismonti pieces. Duo Siquiera Lima — Cecilia Siquiera, from Uruguay, and Fernando de Lima, from Brazil — were more geographically diverse in pieces as finely detailed as a Fabergé egg. Hugo Fattoruso’s “Candombé,” drawing on Afro-Uruguayan rhythms, gathered as much percussive momentum from their plucked chords as from their tapping on their guitars.

As their set ended, Mr. Lubambo — claiming they were too much competition — confiscated Mr. de Lima’s guitar, and they finished the set playing the speedy “Tico Tico” on one guitar, four hands.

The New York Guitar Festival continues through Jan. 30 at varied locations, with Badi Assad appearing on Thursday at Merkin Concert Hall as part of the Silent Films/Live Guitars series;

via NYTimes

Badi is in New York twice…


Check it out:

Badi is co-curating and performing at the 2014′s Guitar Marathon!

January 20, 2014 at 7-10 PM
Las Americas, part II: South America

… For the second part of the Marathon, Badi Assad has crafted an evening of propulsive rhythm and sensuous melody from South America. The award-winning Brazil Guitar Duo will open the evening with pieces by Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Gismonti and others. Samba master Romero Lubambo will bring his technical fireworks and serious Brazilian groove to a set of popular pieces by Jobim, Garoto and others.Jorge Caballero will return to the stage to present some of the most important South American compositions for guitar, including works by Barrios, Antonio Lauro, and the seminal Sonata by Ginastera. Making their NY debut, the incredible Duo Siquiera/Lima will present fiery duets by Brazilian, Argentinian and Ecuadorian composers. The grand finale of the Marathon will be the inimitable Badi Assad, who brings a lacily feminine sensibility to her stunning world-beat fusion of pop, jazz and Brazilian music.

January 23, 2014 at 7:30pm
2014 New York Guitar Festival’s Silent Films/Live Guitars Series

Badi Assad / Kaki King

Merkin Concert Hall
129 W. 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
(between Broadway & Amsterdam)
(212) 501-3330

Map | link to tickets page | Additional info | Facebook

USA Songwriting Competition

HI!!!! I just discovered that I’m among the finalists of an international music competition – the ‘USA Songwriting Competition’- with my ‘Pega no Coco’! If you want to contribute, it has a popular vote! And it’s super easy to participate. But it ends now! on the 22 of November!
So please:

1. Visit the Festival Facebook page and ‘like’ it:

2. Click ‘Vote for Best Song’

3. Scroll down and find the category WORLD and vote in

BADI ASSAD ‘PEGA NO COCO’. As simple as that :)

New York Guitar Festival to Return in January

New York Guitar Festival to Return in January

Karsten Moran for The New York Times
David Spelman founded the New York Guitar Festival in 1999.
When David Spelman presented the last installment of the biennial New York Guitar Festival, in 2012, he mused, in a New York Times interview, about putting the festival on hiatus. But when he was asked whether that meant that there would be no 2014 festival, Mr. Spelman said, “I always answer my cellphone. And I don’t like to say no.”

He appears to have had plenty of calls: the festival, which Mr. Spelman started in 1999, will return for a three-week run starting on January 10, with concerts exploring the instrument’s classical, rock, jazz and bluegrass repertory in several halls and spaces in Manhattan. Many of the performances, including the classical guitar marathon that has long been the festival’s signature event, will be free.

The festival will open with an all-Bach recital by Pepe Romero at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden on Jan. 10. Joel Harrison, the jazz guitarist, is overseeing Alt Guitar Summit, a series within the festival, Jan. 17-19 at SubCulture. It will include performances of jazz-funk-electronica hybrids by Will Bernard and the Pleasure Drones; the jazz guitarist David Gilmore; a collaboration between Fred Frith and Nels Cline, and a tribute to the jazz drummer Paul Motian by Mr. Harrison with Mr. Cline, Steve Cardenas, Vic Juris and other soloists.

Another series, “Silent Films/Live Guitars,” at Merkin Concert Hall, presents new music for eight films from the 1920’s and 1930’s. These include scores by Marc Ribot (for Josef von Sternberg’s “Docks of New York”) and Chris Eldrige (for the Fatty Arbuckle film “Coney Island”) on Jan. 21; Badi Assad (for “The Goddess,” by Wu Yonggang) and Kaki King (for Arbuckle’s “Garage”) on Jan. 23; Luther Dickinson (for Walter Ruttman’s “Berlin: Symphony of a Great City”) and Alvin Youngblood Hart (for Arbuckle’s “Out West”) on Jan. 28; and Toubab Krewe (for Yasujiro Ozu’s “I Was Born, But …”) and Joseph Arthur (for a fourth Arbuckle film, “Oh Doctor!”) on Jan. 30.

As in past festivals, the guitar marathon, on Jan. 20 at Merkin Concert Hall, will have a theme – the Americas, this time – and will be in two parts, with a dinner break. The afternoon session, from 2 to 5 p.m., will be devoted to North American music, and will be programmed by William Kanengiser, a founder of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Mr. Kanengiser will perform, as will David Mozqueda, Colin Davin, Connie Sheu and Jorge Caballero.

The evening session, from 7 to 10 p.m., will be overseen by Badi Assad and will focus on Latin American music. Along with Ms. Assad, the performers are the Brazil Guitar Duo, Romero Lubambo, Duo Siquiera-Lima, and Mr. Caballero.

New York Guitar Festival to Return in January –

“Assad Festival” in Brazil and more…


Hi!!! As I’m writing it myself, sorry for my English. My husband (A Greek-American fellow) says it has a ‘badyism’ way. So… enjoy :)

I’m not sure if I told you about the ‘Assad Festival’ in Brasil? If not… It is a Festival dedicated to my Family. It happened in the last week of July, in the town where we came from: São João da Boa Vista (countryside of São Paulo). Each night of the Festival is devoted to one style of the family: Chorinho (our parents Seu Jorge & Angelina), Classical (my brothers Sérgio and Odair), Contemporary (Clarice) and World Music (Carolina and myself). And just in case… It was Fantastic! The musicians invited were fabulous. Check it out! Assad Festival

In August I started a tour with a Bale company from Salvador/Bahia called BTCA. There are 24 dancers and I do the music live. The pictures you see here was taken during this tour. Can you imagine 24 dancers moving accordingly to your own rhythm? Btw… The concert is called ‘A quem possa interessar’, which means ‘To whom it may concern’… And it was created inspired in a cd of mine called ‘Verde’. Do you know it? Grooveshark (Please, select ‘Verde’ in album and voilà :)

Now, I’m preparing myself to start recording my next project, here in Brazil. It is going to be dedicated to children. Since Sofia was born (07/07) I composed at least 50 songs inspired in my experiences with her. Now it’s time to record part of it…
Keep tuned!
Love You All!