Badi Assad - have you heard the name?
Badi Assad is a guitarist of enormous talent, a composer of other-worldly sounds, a singer with a hauntingly beautiful voice...and much more.
Born in São João da Boa Vista (Brazil), she grew up in Rio in a musical household (her brothers are Sergio & Odair Assad of Duo Assad). She began playing at an early age, studied classical guitar at the University of Rio de Janeiro and by 1986 had gained the mastery required to win the Young Instrumentalists Contest in 1984. In 1987 she was named Best Brazilian Guitarist of the International Villa Lobos Festival, and toured Brazil, Israel, and Europe. Three albums later, she was voted "Best Fingerstyle Guitarist" in Guitar Player Magazine's annual poll. She has released almost 1 album per year since (including the "La Guitara: Gender Bending Strings", a collection of female guitar players ranging from Jennifer Batten to Rory Block to Sharon Isbin to Patty Larkin).
Her MySpace page has a nice cross-section of her music, and her multi-language web-site "Badi Assad's House" has 20 main pages filled with countless sub-pages of incredible information: photos, tour dates, lyrics, poems, biographies, audio, video, and more.
I had a chance to speak Badi recently. Check it out!