Sep 13, 2016

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The music of Brazil encompasses various regional music styles influenced by African, European and Amerindian forms. After 500 years of history, Brazilian music developed some unique and original styles such as samba, bossa nova, MPB, sertanejo, pagode, tropicalia, choro, maracatu, embolada (coco de repente), mangue bit, funk carioca (in Brazil simply known as Funk), frevo, forró, axé, brega, lambada, and Brazilian versions of foreign musical genres, such as Brazilian rock and rap.

Today one of Brazil's most talented performers. A heartfelt vocalist who sings in English and Portuguese and is known for her Bobby McFerrin-like improvisations, she is also one of the country's truly accomplished guitar players. In 1995, she was voted Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist by editors of Guitar Player, while readers of the magazine named her album Rhythms the Best Classical Album of the Year. Although her earlier albums focused on unique interpretations of songs by songwriters such as Egberto Gizmonte, Milton Nascimento, Ralph Towner, and George Harrison, Badi displayed her songwriting talents on her 1998 album Chameleon, co-writing nine of the album's 12 tracks. Four of her albums here for you to........N'Joy

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The younger sister of famed guitarists Sergio and Odair of the duo Assad, Badi Assad (born 23 December 1966), grew up in Rio de Janeiro, studied piano at age eight. By age 14, however, she had switched to the guitar and was accompanying her father, who played chorinhos or Brazilian music on the bandolim. Sharpening her skills at the University Conservatory in Rio de Janeiro, Assad placed first in a Young Instrumentalist Contest in 1984. Assad's professional debut came as a member of the Guitar Orchestra of Rio de Janiero, conducted by Turbio Santos, in 1986. The same year, she sang and acted in a musical, Mulheres de Hollanda, written by Tatiana Cobbett and based on works by Chico Buarque. Assad returned to music in 1987, performing throughout Israel, Europe, and Brazil along with guitarist Francoise-Emmanuel Denis as Duo Romantique. In 1988, she wrote and starred in a solo performance piece, "Antagonism," in which she played guitar, sang, acted, and danced.

Dança das Ondas Dança dos Tons, Assad's debut album, was released in Brazil only in 1989 and limited to 2,000 copies (it was re-released with bonus tracks as Dança das Ondas in 2004). Her first worldwide release, Solo, was recorded in April 1993 at St. Stephens of Hungary Church in New York. Assad followed her debut with three critically acclaimed releases including Rhythms in 1995, the instrumental Echoes of Brazil in 1997, and Chameleon in 1998. Unfortunately, a series of personal and medical problems plagued Assad during the late '90s and early 2000s. Primarily, Assad was diagnosed with a motor skills disability that made it extremely difficult for her to play guitar. It was also during this time that she separated from her husband, guitarist Jeff Young, and, after having spent many years working in the United States, moved back to Brazil.

Due to a motor disability called Focal dystonia she was unable to play between 1998 and 2001, but made a complete recovery and released a collaborative album with her former partner Jeff Young in 2002 called Nowhere, and 3 Guitars the following year for the Chesky label with the legendary jazz guitar players Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie.[5] In 2004 she signed with the acclaimed German label Deutsche Grammophon, releasing 2 albums: Verde (2004) and Wonderland (2006). Badi loves to re-create songs. Accordingly, in Verde, she brought a bossa-nova style to ‘One’ by U2 and a tango flavor to ‘Bachelorette’ by Björk. For Wonderland, she brought songs by Eurythmics, Vangelis, and Tori Amos (among others) into her own world music style. Wonderland was selected among Britain’s BBC 100 best CDs, and it was also included among’s Best 30.

In 2005 she released an album and DVD with her family: "Sergio e Odair Assad and Their Family - Um Momento De Puro Amor". In 2010 Badi released her first DVD Badi Assad, which she and her husband Dimitri Vakros co-produced. It was directed by Badi’s talented nephew Rodrigo Assad (son of Sérgio Assad). This DVD displays Badi’s live performance experimentation. In the same year Badi was Featured Performer (actress/singer) in the Opera-Musical Opera das Pedras, in São Paulo, Brasil, directed by Denise Milan and Lee Breuer (Mabou Mines). In 2011 Badi started a new project with her brothers Sérgio and Odair plus their daughters Clarice and Carolina, as a Quintet. They have been touring the world.

Badi was also voted one of the best guitarists in the world by Guitar Player Magazine. She has worked with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah McLachlan, Seu Jorge and Naná Vasconcelos among many others. She has performed in some of the most prestigious international festivals such as Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands as well as in such theater venues as L'Opera de Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Palais de Beaux Art Brussels, and The Greek Theater in Los Angeles. She has also appeared in the acclaimed FarmAid and Lilith Fair tours.

In 2012 Badi made her first trip to India at the invitation of the Brazilian Embassy; it was a side event of the visit of the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to represent Brazil at the IV BRICS Summit - an event that brings together the major emerging economies of the world.  In November Badi released her first independent and authorial album Amor e Outras Manias Crônicas, through her own label ‘Quatro Ventos'.

In 2013 Badi Assad released 'Between Love and Luck' in US and her song 'Pega no Coco' won the first prize as the Best World Music in the 'USA Songwriting Competition'. In 2014, Badi was invited to be the co-cutador of the NY Guitar Festival and committed to compose the soundtrack of the Chinese silent film "The Goddess" , playing it live at the' Merkin Hall' (NY). Jon Pareles, (The NY Times) said Badi Assad “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… 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… She continued with Brazilian pop songs transformed by her imaginative virtuosity, moving from gauzy delicacy to vigorous propulsion, from dreaming to dancing and back.”

In June 2014 Badi released her first CD dedicated to children 'Cantos de Casa'.

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This young, dazzlingly virtuosic Brazilian guitarist performs entirely solo on this album, even though sometimes she seems to be doing the work of three or more musicians simultaneously. Borrowing sonic ideas from the innovative Brazilian group Uakti, she simulates various percussion instruments and sings and scats in clear, vibrant Portuguese while playing rapid-fire, technically impeccable acoustic guitar. On several tracks she also chooses only to play guitar, in a rhythmically complex or a delicate manner. The material she plays ranges all over her nation's spectrum, including the music of her brother Sergio (half of the famous Assad classical guitar duo), Edu Lobo, Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Egberto Gismonti, as well as non-Brazilian Ralph Towner. The combination of classical technique, a Brazilian jazz sensibility, and the unique touches of percussion and voice is exquisitely captured by Chesky's audiophile equipment.

Badi Assad - Solo  (flac  221mb)

01 Num Pagode Em Planaltina 4:39
02 Prelúdio E Toccatina 2:59
03 A Bela E A Fera 4:05
04 Valseana 2:32
05 Tamoimoê 4:40
06 When The Fire Burns Low 3:45
07 Fuoco (Libra Sonatine) 3:35
08 Joana Francesa 4:18
09 Vrap 4:19
10 Palhaço 2:59
11 Rua Harmonia 5:14
12 Estudo #1/Assum Preto 5:22
13 Homenagem A Radamés Gnattalli 4:15
14 Drume Negrita 3:47

 Badi Assad - Solo    (ogg  129mb)

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While Badi Assad isn't a jazz singer per se, the singer/acoustic guitarist clearly thrives on improvisation and spontaneity. This is no doubt one of the main reasons she ended up on the jazz-oriented Chesky Records. When Rhythms was recorded at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in New York, Chesky treated the project much as it would treat a jazz recording -- the tape was rolling, and Assad was encouraged to simply let loose and blow. No overdubbing took place, and this very honest and straightforward approach makes for a riveting listen on songs by Chico César, Marco Pereira and other Brazilian composers. Although the vast majority of her influences are Brazilian, Assad's Lebanese heritage is a definite advantage on the magnificent and varied Rhythms.

Badi Assad - Rhythms   (flac  234mb)

01 Pulo Do Gato 5:04
02 À Gandáia Das Ondas / Beppo 6:30
03 À Primeira Vista 3:10
04 O Choro De Juliana 3:02
05 Rhythms 2:19
06 Song For Badi 3:39
07 Bate-Coxa 2:34
08 Feixe 3:48
09 Quase Um Funk P'ra Badi / Vírus 3:51
10 Laser 3:37
11 Ica 3:53
12 Pau Brasil 3:12
13 Moods 7:50
14 Carta A L'Exili 2:12

  Badi Assad - Rhythms    (ogg  130mb)

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Entirely instrumental, Echoes of Brazil finds Badi Assad making the acoustic guitar her sole focus and paying tribute to some of Brazil's many heroes of the instrument. This splendid album may not be the last word on Brazilian guitarists (who have played a crucial role in samba, choro, bossa nova, tropicalismo and Brazilian classical), but Assad does a fine job of reminding us what some of them contributed. It would have been impossible to tell the entire story on a single CD, and she makes no pretense of her tribute being all-inclusive. Assad, whose only accompaniment is acoustic bassist David Finck, salutes everyone from Garoto and Laurindo Almeida to Egberto Gismonti, Baden Powell and Luiz Bonfá. Much to her credit, she doesn't become a slavish imitator of any of them, and consistently demonstrates that she is a distinctive and impressive representative of the guitar herself.

Badi Assad - Echoes of Brazil (flac 208mb)

01 Batucada (Nos E O Rio) 3:16
02 Abismo De Rosas 4:35
03 Escadao 4:16
04 Emotiva No. 1 3:01
05 Sem Titulo 2:05
06 Bachianinha No. 1 3:23
07 Interrogando 2:59
08 Tempo Feliz 3:29
09 Uma Valsa E Dois Amores 3:08
10 Estudo Para Violao 4:23
11 Jorge Da Fusa 2:53
12 Pixaim 2:57
13 Furiosa 3:47
14 Farewell 3:11

Badi Assad - Echoes of Brazil    (ogg 112mb)

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The exotic, one of a kind Brazilian guitarist, singer, and rhythmic mouth and body percussionist has had a stop-and-start career with turns as mysterious and intriguing as her music. After splashing on the scene with her Chesky debut Solo in 1994, continuing the stir (including vast critical acclaim) with Rhythms (1995) and releasing Chameleon on Verve in 1997, Badi Assad suffered from a series of personal issues that drew her back home for a few years. Fans who were excited about her 2003 re-emergence on the trio date Three Guitars with Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie will be beside themselves with the long-awaited Verde, her first solo project in six years. Those expecting a typical Brazilian vocal album -- she explains the title as "the shades of the Brazilian rain forest" -- will be surprised by Assad's versatility, which incorporates rhythmic textures from around the world. She opens with the very African-flavored voice and dense percussion call-and-response "Cheguei Meu Povo" and a vocal percussion pitter patter interlude before tapping into a sound more typical of classic romantic samba ("Basica"). That sultry side is balanced by her more aggressive vocal and guitar on the feisty "Nao Adianta," which blends modern rock influences with indigenous soundscaping, complete with birdcalls. Other tracks have slight classical leaning, and there's even a little avant-garde oddity apparent on the brief "Feminina." More mainstream ears will be glued to her sly, sexy reading of U2's "One" and soaring, folk- and chamber music-tinged take on Björk's dramatic "Bachelorette," which further confirms Assad's incredible willingness to tackle exotic challenges. Though all the stylistic zigzagging is fascinating, Assad is first and foremost a vocalist of heartbreaking intensity, and tracks like the mournful "Bom Dia Tristeza" best reflect her ability to penetrate the heart.
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Badi Assad - Verde (flac 270mb)

01 Cheguei Meu Povo 2:36
02 Asa Branca 1:10
03 Básica 3:48
04 Não Adianta 3:00
05 One 4:37
06 Voce Não Entendeu Nada 4:08
07 Viola Meu Bem 1:37
08 O Verde É Maravilha 2:26
09 Feminina 1:58
10 Bachelorette 4:41
11 Seu Delegado 2:34
12 Estrangeiro Em Mim 4:38
13 Bom Dia Tristeza 3:39
14 The Being Between 5:09
15 Valse D'Amelie 2:05
16 Implorando 1:41

Badi Assad - Verde  (ogg  117mb)

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