ARTIST FEATURE: From composing to playing with Bobby McFerrin and Yo Yo Ma, meet Badi Assad, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist and vocal artist! We are...
BADI ASSAD is a guitar player, singer, vocal juggler and songwriter from São Paulo, revealed as one of the most complete and virtuoso artists of her generation. The Los Angeles Times once said: “Badi Assad redefines solo (guitar) performance! Revelatory, a brilliant display of innovation, imagination, and skill…almost hypnotically compelling!”
With 14 albums released worldwide (her Wonderland, 2006, was selected among the 100 Best from the prestigious BBC London and was also included among the 30 Best on Amazon.com) Badi was selected (with artists such as Ben Harper and Ani DiFranco) as one of the guitar players that would revolutionize the world (US Guitar Player).
Embraced by Verve (Universal) and eDGe Music (Deutsche Grammophon) she played quite a lot of concerts. Including collaborations with artists such as Bob McFerrin, Yo-Yo-Ma and Sarah McLaughlin, among others. She already performed in some of the most prestigious international festivals like North Sea Jazz Festival’ (NE), Stimmen Festival (CH) and theaters like Paris Opera (FR), Metropolitan Museum (NY)...
In 2004 She toured the world with the legends guitarists Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie, with the project Three Guitars. In 2006 she started a new project with her brothers, the famous Duo Assad, true masters of the classic guitar.
In 2010, to celebrate her 20-year career, She released a commemorative DVD "Badi Assad." 2 years later Badi released her first independent and authorial album through her own label Between Love and Luck, already conquering the award of Best Composer of The Year (APCA/BR). Also her song Pega no Coco won 1st prize in the USA Internacional Songwriting Competition (world music category).
In 2014 Badi was commissioned by The Guitar Film Festival Marathon in NY, to compose for the Chinese silent film 'The Goddess' (1934) and she performed it live at the 'Merkin Hall' (NY). For the same Festival she was invited to be the curator and her night was highlighted as the best of the Festival by the NYTimes; In July she released her first CD dedicated to children ‘Cantos de Casa’ and received the 'Trophy Cata-Vento' as best CD of the year.
In 2015 Badi released Hatched, with acclaimed covers of modern icons such as Lorde and Skrillex. In 2018 she released her first book ‘Around the world in 80 artists’ and the Brazilian movie director Edu Felistoque created a documentary about her life called BADI, winning Best Documentary at the LABAFF (Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival).