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Badi Assad

Virtuous singer, guitarist, songwriter, vocal juggler, author and actress Badi Assad has emerged as one of the most versatile performers of her generation. With 20 albums released worldwide and over 40 countries visited, his 2006 CD WONDERLAND was selected in the top 100 by the influential BBC London and also included in the top 30 by The American magazine Guitar Player selected her as one of the guitarists who would revolutionize the world, among artists like Ben Harper and Ani DiFranco.

Embraced by labels such as Verve (Universal) and eDGe Music (Deutsche Grammophon), she has performed at numerous international shows over the last three decades, including groundbreaking collaborations with Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo-Ma and David Broza, among others. Badi has also performed at some of the most prestigious international festivals such as North Sea Jazz (NE), Jarazum Jazz (KOR) and at theaters such as L'Opera de Paris (FR), Palais de Beaux-Arts (BE) and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art from New York (USA) etc.

Some of his songs have already reached the Top 10 in Europe, including WAVES – a hit that was featured on the IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY soundtrack, with Michael and Kirk Douglas. In 2004, with the release of THREE GUITARS, he toured the world with legendary jazz guitarists Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie. In the same year, she was the creator and presenter of the radio program WOMEN IN THE MUNDO, on Rádio Cultura FM.

In 2005, he joined his brothers, parents and nephews for the live recording of A BRAZILIAN SONGBOOK and the DVD UM MOMENTO DE PURO AMOR, for the Belgian label GHA. In 2007, with the birth of her daughter, Sofia, Badi retired. Still under the effects of motherhood, she was responsible for the soundtrack of the children's theater play CONVOCADORES DE ESTRELAS, by the group Seres de Luz, lent her voice to BARULHINHO RUIM, theme song for the character Bel, created especially for the re-release of Vila Sésamo, on TV Cultura (BR) and alongside Naná Vasconcelos composed the soundtrack for the documentary CHILDREN OF THE AMAZON, by filmmaker Denise Zmekhol.


In 2010, Badi and his family were featured on the Grammy-winning Best Classical Crossover Album alongside Yo-Yo-Ma. To celebrate 20 years of his career, he released the DVD Badi Assad, through Biscoito Fino. In the same period, she was invited to star in the contemporary opera ÓPERA DAS PEDRAS, in São Paulo, directed by Denise Milan and the American Lee Breuer (Mabou Mines).


In July 2011, the FESTIVAL ASSAD was created to honor the family's work as ambassadors of Brazilian music around the world. In the following year, he released AMOR E OUTRAS MANIAS CRONICAS, the first album produced by his own label Quatro Ventos, for which he received the award for Best Composer of the Year (APCA). Also featured on this album, his song PEGA NO COCO won First Place for Best World Music Song at the USA International Songwriting Competition. In July of the same year, Badi performed the entire repertoire of CD VERDE live, alongside the Companhia de Dança Baiana do Teatro Municipal (BTCA), at the Venice Biennale (Italy). Rolling Stone magazine selected her among the 70 best masters in the history of Brazilian guitar and guitar. 


In January 2014, she was hired by the Guitar Festival Marathon in New York to compose the soundtrack for the screening of the Chinese silent film THE GODDESS (1934). Also invited to serve in the role of Festival curator, Badi not only performed her composition live at Merkin Hall in New York, but was also featured in the New York Times as the Best Night of the Festival. CANTOS DE CASA, his first CD dedicated to children, won the Cata-Vento Trophy for Best CD of the Year.

In 2015, Badi was invited to work with the Chicago-based organization GATC (Genesis at the Crossroads), which has as its main focus the building of world peace. With them Badi integrates, as guitarist and vocalist, the multicultural group SAFFRON CARAVAN, alongside the Moroccan vocalist Aaron Besoussan, the virtuoso Israeli-Arab lutenist, Haytham Safia and the Venezuelan percussionist Javier Saumme. In addition, he serves as a speaker at GTCA-sponsored roundtables on the arts and conflict transformation, as well as being responsible for music education for the Genesis Academy Summer Institute, a leadership and peacebuilding training program for international youth in areas of conflict.

In 2016,  SINGULAR received critical acclaim for bringing a 'Brazilian' way of interpreting world hits from some modern icons, including Lorde and Skrillex. In 2018, he released his first book, VOLTA AO MUNDO E 80 ARTISTAS (Pólen Livros), with a show of the same name. It was also in this year that Badi was invited to participate in the STRINGSHOT project, recording with legendary blues guitarist Roy Rogers and Uruguayan virtuoso harpist and violinist Carlos Reyes. 


The film, BADI, directed by Edu Felistoque, was named Best Film by The FestCine Maracanaú in Fortaleza, had its international premiere at Summer Brazil Summer 2018 in New York and in December won Best Documentary at LABAFF (Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival) . 


In 2020, during the pandemic lockdown period, the film BADI was selected to participate in the prestigious Festival du Cinéma in Paris; she produced and released on her YouTube channel two seasons of the webseries BADI MUSIC, sharing many of her creative musical ideas and her 20th CD AROUND THE WORLD (recorded in the studio of Bonnie Raitt drummer Ricky Fataar) reached the international market, through the label North American Ropeadope. 


In 2021 Badi launched the project CENSURA NA MÚSICA BRASILEIRA, the EP VOLTA AO MUNDO COM GUESTS (with the participation of Lívia Mattos, Marcelo Pretto, Swami Jr, Carlinhos Antunes and Fernandinho Beatbox) and the series #baditalks, interviewing, in its debut, the Brazilian astrophysical scientist Angela Olinto, who joined the Academy of Sciences and Arts and the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, in the same year. 


In July 2022 Badi released his 20th authorial CD ILHA, followed by a tour of Brazil. It was also in this year that the Pakistani artist Arooj Aftab won the Grammy for New Artist, with the album Vulture Prince, where she finds herself having the song Diya Hai, with the participation of Badi. 


In January 2023 Badi presented the work-in-progress FOCAL, WHAT? at Lincoln Center in NY. 

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