This is a special duo project of two master female musicians that will premiere in Europe in Octo- ber, following the European release this summer of Badi Assad‘s new album ‘Love and other Manias’ by Moosicus Records, distributed by Indigo (DE).
Badi Assad on voice, guitar, mouth and body percussion;
Simone Sou on drums and percussion:
A special female duo indeed by two Brazilian music magicians.
Badi Assad transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic sounds. As a result, the extraordinary singer, guitarist, and percussionist is successfully forging an exhilarating genre of music that quite literally defies categorization.
What makes Badi Assad so unique is her hungry pursuit of performance experimentation that no other artist has done: she combines an extraordinary guitar talent, a unique mouth percussion, beautiful singing, rhythmic body movement, to create an exciting, fresh music sound, and leaving spectators simply breathless. Watching Badi perform is like witnessing a spiritual phenomenon. How she does what she does all at once, and delivering an extraordinary performance, is quite unbelievable.
Simone Sou is also an artist with a firm international reputation. Her presence on the stage is like a fire. Her knowledge of Brazilian, African and Latin rhythms allows her to play through any musical style. In the early 90s Simone recorded with Itamar Assumção, one of the most important representative artists from São Paulo. In the 90s till 2005 she toured with Chico Cesar on many continents playing the big festivals. Due to that collaboration Simone received her first assignment to write film music. Internationally she established herself even more with the legendary psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes. Later she met Oleg Fateev playing in a project with the New York based Ethel String Quartet.
In 1998 Simone was invited to create ‘Menagerie’ with Badi and the ex-Megadeth guitarist Jeff Young. Together they toured United States leaving good impressions all over. They recorded an album called ‘Nowhere’ that was released in 2000.
In that same year, Badi returned to live in Brazil and invited Simone for a series of concerts called ‘De volta ao Brasil’, in São Paulo. Ended up that it was selected among the 100 best shows of the last century’s decade, by the acclaimed Brazilian magazine Bravo! For that project they composed together the song ‘Feminina’ that was included in Badi’s Verde and selected for many Brazilian short movies.
Badi Assad already worked with musicians such as Bob McFerrin, Yo-Yo-Ma, Sarah McLaughlin, Seu Jorge… And recorded with Larry Coryel, John Abercrombie and her brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad among others. In her shelf she carries 11 CD releases and 3 DVDs.
Simone Sou already worked with legends of Brazilian music and toured the world. She lives at the present in Holland and is working on her 2nd CD, while giving workshops and lectures, and compo- sing music for films and theatre.
Tourdates Autumn 2014 (confirmed so far):
25.10.2014 Gitarrenfestival Bad Wildungen, Bad Wildungen, Germany
26.10.2104 Nochtspeicher, Hamburg, Germany
27.10.2014 Cafe Hahn, Koblenz, Germany
29.10.2014 London International Festival of Exploratory Music, London, UK
30.10.2014 Hafen 2, Offenbach bei Frankfurt, Germany
31.10.2014 Kulturzentrum Pavillon, Hannover, Germany
01.11.2014 Neue Schmiede, Bielefeld, Germany
02.11.2014 Jazztage Dresden, Dresden, Germany
05.11.2014 Objekt 5, Halle, Germany