Badi Assad, Special guest Paulinho Garcia - 7/21Sunday, July 21 2013 6:00 PM Doors / 8:00 PM Start
Arte y Vida Chicago presents Badi Assad
On stage, the Brasilian Badi Assad reveals herself as one of the most complete and virtuoso artists of the moment. With a charming of a diva she sings, plays guitar, dances and makes her own body as percussion – everything at the same time!
With more then eight cds released worldwide (Wonderland, 2006, was selected in between the 100 best from the prestigious BBC London and it was also included among the best 30 from amazon.com) Badi was also selected (with artists such as Ben Harper and Ani DiFranco) one of the guitar players that would revolutionize the world, from the north American Guitar Player.
Badi already worked with artist such as Bob McFerrin, Yo-Yo-Ma, David Broza, Sarah McLaughlin, Seu Jorge, Naná Vasconcelos and Toquinho among many others. She already performed in some of the most prestigious international festivals like Montreal Jazz Festival/Canada, North Sea Jazz Festival/Holland and theaters like L’Opera de Paris, Metropolitan Museum/New York, Palais de Beaux- Art/Brussels, The Greek theater/LA, Sala São Paulo and Municipal theater of Rio de Janeiro/Brasil. She also represented Brasil in the acclaimed festivals Farm Aid and “Lilith Fair’/US and she had her song “Waves” in the soundtrack of It Runs in the Family, featuring Michael and Kirk Douglas.
While she prepares to record her new CD Eu vim daquele lugar the singer, guitar player and composer travels the world enchanting everyone that comes into her way.
Badi was born in 1966 in São João da Boa Vista, a little town outside of the big São Paulo. When she was only two years old her family moved to Rio de Janeiro so her brothers – Sérgio and Odair Assad – could study guitar with the Argentinean, and Andrés Segovia pupil, Monina Távora. When her brothers started to conquer the world, Badi started to play guitar herself and to develop her own style mixing her voice and percussion into her music. Her experimentations with the voice, her classical guitar training technique and her tireless thirst for innovation, helped her to attract a huge number of loyal fans all over the world. “I think I have something to share, not only for those who appreciates my guitar or voice, but also my soul. I would like to share my music to all of those who likes pop, jazz, classic, rock or Brasilian music, it doesn’t matter."
About Paulinho Garcia
Best Brazilian International Vocalist - 2012 by The Brazilian Press Award
Chicagoan of the year in jazz - 2010 ...by The Chicago Tribune
Brazilian person of the year - 2010 ...by The Brazil Club
Chicago's best jazz entertainer - 2001 ...by The Chicago Music Awards
Paulinho was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. His ﬁrst contact with music came very early in life, when he started singing in a Sunday children's program at Radio Inconﬁdencia in his hometown. In his teens he played ﬁrst the drums and then moved to the bass, which became his main instrument until 1991 when he then switch to the guitar. Paulinho was well known in his hometown as a jingle composer, arranger and performer. He led the band “Os Agitadores” and was a bass player for the house band at Emissoras Associadas TV Itacolomi-Radio Guarani. Paulinho moved to Chicago in 1979 and joined the group Made in Brazil until 1991 when he started his own band Jazzmineiro whose eponymous 1996 CD received excellent reviews in the Chicago Tribune, Jazziz magazine, the Brazilian Music Review, and The Brazilians.
Paulinho is a world-touring musician performing in renowned theaters, jazz festivals and clubs in Asia, Europe and America.His 50 years of Bossa Nova concert at the Chicago Millennium Park on July 24th 2008 alongside João Donato was seen by a record audience of 12000 people and in December of the same year he shared the famous Esplanade Hall stage in Singapore with Jeremy Monteiro and Toots Tielemans for a sold out audience of 1600 people.He performs regularly in many prestigious jazz festivals such as the North Sea jazz festival in Holland, Elite and Fujitsu jazz festivals in Japan, Singapore jazz festival, Jazz w museum and Jazz nad Odrq in Poland, Central Pennsylvania friends of jazz, North Beach and Sarasota jazz fest in the USA, the jazz cruise and jazz party at sea just to mention a few.
Paulinho is also a clinician and has given workshops and concerts at many prestigious universities such as Northwestern, Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Cornell, Hope College, etc. in 2009-2010 he taught in Russia at the Moscow College of Improvised Music and gave live workshops on TV for the whole Russian country.
Paulinho presently teaches Brazilian guitar and vocals at Old Town School of folk music and coaches a Brazilian combo at Roosevelt University.
"Garcia provides constant evidence of his mastery of the art of the Brazilian song.Endlessly inventive with styles, Garcia is an innovative composer with a ﬁrmly rootedtradition." - Dave Miele (Jazz Improv magazine, New York), May 2009
"...He becomes the epitome of the solitary troubadour - a romantic ﬁgure hardly visible anymore even in Brazil, where, like everywhere else, popular music has grown busier,louder, and rougher. Garcia's voice, an airy baritone, has less shadow and a bit more energy than Joao Gilberto's and his languid chords and cleanly plucked lines illuminate the complicated rhythms with the cool clarity of moonlight... " - Neil Tesser, jazz journalist and author of "The Playboy Guide To Jazz"