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Rhythm – An Act to Celebrate Life!

Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist Badi Assad shares insights on the importance of rhythm and practicing with the metronome.

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ARTIST FEATURE: From composing to playing with Bobby McFerrin and Yo Yo Ma, meet Badi Assad, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist and vocal artist! We are so happy that she decided to share her wisdom with us!

1) How do you practice your rhythm and sense of time?

I practice it mainly with body percussion. A very complex material that helps the overall polyrhythm. The notion of time is developed with a metronome, there is no other way to keep up with our inconstancy. As the announcement of our lives begins with the beating of our hearts, it is understandable that our inner rhythm is not constant, since the heartbeat itself is varied. Something natural due to the aerobic and emotional variations that we suffer in the course of our daily lives and having the heart responding directly to it. So we got to practice to educate ourselves to play a steady beat. The practice with the metronome is essential.

2) What are your favorite rhythmic exercises?

Thinking of a 4/4, I mark the head of each beat with my feet hitting the floor alternately, while my hands make a rhythm by clapping, lasting 2 bars. After repeating this same rhythmic structure for 4 times, I transfer the mark of each time (that the feet were doing) to the hands… while the rhythm cell that my hands were doing is transferred to the feet. The game is to take turns between hands and feet until this becomes natural. Later I alternate the rhythms the palms were doing and challenge myself to the shift once again.

" As our lives begin with the beating of our hearts, it is understandable that our inner rhythm is not constant, since the heartbeat itself is varied."

3) What exotic rhythms do you like and what can we learn from it?

One of my favorite rhythms is called maracatu and comes from the Northeast of Brazil. It has its origin in Africa and is made in such a way that it brings me back to mother earth and to our African ancestors, in a very intense way. When one plays the maracatu, it is impossible not to have the hips moving and the feet quiet, not attempting to punch the floor in an atavistic manner. Something that leads us to a giant grounding of energies. An act to celebrate life.

4) Can you name one thing that you like about the metronome on

It helps me to keep the beat! in a very easy way 🙂

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Rhythm – An Act to Celebrate Life!

Badi Assad

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 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).

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