Badi Assad: One of a kind.

Mariangela Assad Simao christened, was born in 1966 in São João da Boa Vista (SP), then moving to Rio de Janeiro, where he stayed until age 12. His father George, of Lebanese descent, decided to move his family to Rio in 1969 to provide Badi brothers, Sergio and Odair, classical guitar lessons with Argentina Monina Tavora, pupil of the great Andres Segovia. In the mid-80s, already as Duo Assad, his brothers have gained recognition and popularity worldwide. Badi wanted to follow in the footsteps of his brother, but he learned the piano first, just picked up the guitar at age 14. A year later, had mastered the instrument and up to the stage participating and winning national and international competitions.

The next step would be to study music at the University of Rio de Janeiro. In 1989, he recorded his first album, Shades of Dance, released only in Brazil at the time. However, last October, the CD was reissued with four bonus tracks internationally, renamed The Dance of the Waves. Then Badi vocal experimentations began producing percussion sounds with your mouth, which has been added to your music. New and exotic sounds, and endless possibilities added to its already excellent performance on the guitar. Soon, she demonstrated her exceptional qualities in collaboration with other artists. Soon, Badi appeared alongside great musicians such as Pat Matheny, Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento and Dori Caymmi.

However, it was only 93 when Badi signed to the label Chesky Records, known for being very demanding musically, she won the international scene. In 94, Solo, his debut album on the label, was released in the United States, followed by Rhythms, 95, and Echoes of Brazil, at 97. With each release, its international prestige increased. In 94, the U.S. magazine Guitar Player, considered it, along with artists such as Charlie Hunter, Ben Harper and Tom Morello (of Rage Against The Machine Group), one of 10 young talents who more revolutionize the use of guitars in the '90s.

The album Rhythms was considered one of the most important recordings of the year 95, in classical music and jazz. With the album, Chameleon (iemusic / Polygram), recorded at 98, Badi climbed so many steps, surpassing his previous releases and featuring music, composed almost exclusively in partnership with her husband, Jeff Scott Young. The album sold very well, especially in Germany and Spain, where the song "Waves" was among the top 10 for weeks, better positioned than a pop hit for Madonna.

Three years of radical changes followed after the release of Chameleon. First, Badi suffered from a motor disability that almost impossible to play guitar. After she separated from her husband Jeff, and finally in 2001, returned to Brazil after four years of the United States, where he had moved to invest in your career.

In 2003 she recorded for the label Chesky Records album Three Guitars, next to the beautiful American guitarists, Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie. An acoustic album that received rave reviews ...

The repertoire of Green, 200 album? is formed by an unusual mixture of new highly personal interpretations of classic Brazilian and American, as well as new compositions, two of which consist in partnership with Jeff Young. In Green, the compositions Badi appear next to the extremely popular "Asa Branca" by Luiz Gonzaga, and "Good Morning Sadness" by Adoniran Barbosa and Vinicius de Morais, to new readings of Björk and "One" by U2.

As a guitarist of recognized technical and unquenchable thirst for innovation, Badi Assad has attracted a growing group of loyal fans over the past 10 years, among critics and fellow musicians around the globe. With his voice and dynamic letrizante certainly win new fans with new album, now DG by the German label (Universal Music). "I think I have something to say to people, not only those who love my guitar," says Badi. "I would like to introduce my musical universe to all people

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