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02.13.18
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The Boston Musical Intelligencer
04.10.16
Sérgio and Odair Assad
The Assads bring much more than a guitar recital to San Francisco Performances
San Francisco Examiner
11.11.14
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Guitar duo Assad Brothers expands our music horizons
The Calgary Herald
04.30.12
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Yo-Yo Ma and friends serve up a Brazilian feast to sold-out audience
Chicago Classical Review
04.27.12
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Review: Yo Yo Ma and company share rich Brazilian music at Grand Sierra
Reno Gazette-Journal
04.25.12
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Yo-Yo Ma, friends share love of music with audience
Las Vegas Review-Journal
02.21.12
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Assad Brothers at the Lobero Theatre
Santa Barbara Independent
02.18.12
Sérgio and Odair Assad
CONCERT REVIEW: A Brazilian musical odyssey
Santa Barbara News-Press
02.16.12
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Music review: Guitar-playing Assad Brothers at Cerritos Center
Los Angeles Times
02.10.12
Sérgio and Odair Assad
IN CONCERT: Twelve Strings and a Stellar Reputation - Over the past nearly two decades, Brazilian brothers Sergio and Odair Assad, in concert at the Lobero on Tuesday, have become a power duo in the classical guitar world, and in music, generally.
Santa Barbara News-Press
08.14.11
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Assad Brothers Guitar Duo at SummerFest
SanDiego.com
04.10.11
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Assads Inspire and Challenge
San Francisco Classical Voice
02.14.11
Sérgio and Odair Assad
A Soulful, Virtuosic Player Holding the Spotlight Alone
The New York Times
11.25.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Lives of Music and Physics, Lovingly Bound
The New York Times
10.13.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Assad Brother Guitar Duo on Performance Today
Performance Today
09.13.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad
11th Annual Latin Grammy Nominees Announced
New Music Box
06.28.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Odair Assad “El Caminante”
Minor 7th
04.11.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Brazilian guitarists explore more exotic roots at U. of Md.
Washington Examiner
03.18.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Assad brothers unite for a lyrical evening of guitar
Indianapolis Star
02.01.10
Marin Alsop, Yo-Yo Ma, Colin Currie, Sérgio and Odair Assad, Silkroad Ensemble , Katarina Karnéus, Ian Bostridge, Nathan Gunn
CONGRATULATIONS OPUS 3 ARTISTS GRAMMY WINNERS
01.27.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Familiarity breeds virtuosity
Los Angeles Times
01.01.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Sérgio Assad Interview
Acoustic Guitar
12.04.09
Marin Alsop, Ingo Metzmacher, Yefim Bronfman, Yo-Yo Ma, Colin Currie, Sérgio and Odair Assad, Silkroad Ensemble , Estonian National Symphony Orchestra , Katarina Karnéus, Ian Bostridge, Nathan Gunn
CONGRATULATIONS OPUS 3 ARTISTS GRAMMY NOMINEES
11.19.08
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Sérgio Assad Wins Latin Grammy
11.01.07
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Assad Brothers Rave Reviews
The Independent, Classic fm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Seattle Post- Intelligencer & Washington Post
09.17.07
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Nonesuch Releases Guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad’s
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Brazilian-born brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad have set the benchmark for all other guitarists by creating a new standard of guitar innovation, ingenuity and expression. Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble-playing come from a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and studies under guitarist/lutenist Monina Távora (1921-2011), a disciple of Andrés Segovia. In addition to setting new performance standards, the Assads have played a major role in creating and introducing new music made for two guitars. Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger, and Francisco Mignone. Now Sérgio Assad is adding to their repertoire by composing music for the duo and for various musical partners both with symphony orchestra and in recitals. They have worked extensively with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Romero Lubambo, Paquito D’Rivera, Gidon Kremer and Dawn Upshaw.

The Assad Brothers began playing the guitar together at an early age and went on to study for seven years with Dona Monina. Their international career began with a major prize at the 1979 Young Artists Competition in Bratislava. Odair is based in Brussels where he teaches at Ecole Supérieure des Arts, while Sérgio resides in San Francisco where he is on the faculty of the SF Conservatory.

The Assad’s repertoire includes original music composed by Sérgio and his own take on classic folk and jazz music, as well as various styles of Latin music. Their classical repertoire includes  transcriptions of the great Baroque keyboard literature of Bach, Rameau, and Scarlatti and adaptations of works by such diverse figures as Gershwin, Ginastera, and Debussy; thus making their touring programs a compelling blend of styles, periods and cultures.

The Assads are also recognized as prolific recording artists, primarily for the Nonesuch and GHA labels. In 2001, Nonesuch Records released Sérgio and Odair Assad Play Piazzolla, which later won a Latin Grammy. Their seventh Nonesuch recording, released in the fall 2007, is called Jardim Abandonado after a piece by Antonio Carlos Jobim.  It was nominated for Best Classical Album and Sérgio went on to win the Latin Grammy for his composition, Tahiiyya Li Oussilina

A Nonesuch collaboration with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg in 2000 featured a collection of pieces based on traditional and Gypsy folk tunes from around the world. In 2003, Sérgio Assad wrote a triple concerto for this trio that has been performed with the orchestras of São Paulo, Seattle, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.  In the summer of 2004, Sérgio and Odair arranged a special tour featuring three generations of the Assad family. The family presented a wide variety of Brazilian music featuring their father, Jorge Assad [1924-2011], on the mandolin and the voice of their mother, Angelina Assad. GHA Records has released a live recording and a DVD of the Assad family live at Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts.  In 2007, the duo performed Joaquin Rodrigo’s "Concierto Madrigal for Two Guitars" and Sérgio’s arrangement of Piazzolla's "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.   The Assads were also featured performers on James Newton Howard’s soundtrack to the movie Duplicity, starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. In the 2011 and 2012, the brothers toured a project entitled “De Volta as Raizes” (Back to Our Roots) featuring Lebanese-American singer Christiane Karam, percussionist Jamey Haddad, and composer/pianist Clarice Assad.   

In February 2011, Odair Assad performed his first solo guitar concert tour, featuring concerts in New York and Montreal. Sérgio Assad wrote another concerto for the duo, called “Phases.”  It premiered with the Seattle Symphony in February 2011, as well. In the meantime, he was nominated, yet again, for  two  Latin Classical Grammys in the Best Classical Composition Category for his piece for the LA Guitar Quartet and the Delaware Symphony entitled, “Interchange” and for “Maracaipe” for the Beijing Guitar Duo.  In the fall of 2011, five of the members of the Assad family: Sérgio, Odair, Badi, Clarice, and Carolina joined together again for another evening of new and favorite Brazilian works.  Their tour included stops in Qatar, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands (to open the “Brazil Festival”) at The Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and three concerts in Belgium with a finale at Le Palais des Beaux Arts. In 2012, Sérgio 's daughter Clarice Assad followed in the footsteps of her father and wrote her own double guitar concerto that premiered at the Pro-Musica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio. Every November, the brothers continue their annual residency at the University of Arizona in Tuscon with support from the D'Addario Family Foundation. In 2013, Sérgio and Odair took part in another tour with the inimitable Paquito D'Rivera , and recorded a delightful collaboration called "Dances from the New World".  The brothers collaborated with their old friend, jazz guitarists Romero Lubambo, in February 2013, on a tour in North America, where the trio enjoyed themselves so much they decided to add more dates in June and plan to head into the studio to record.  

The Assad Brothers collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma is ongoing; in 2003 their Brazilian record Obrigado Brazil was released featuring Rosa Passos, Egberto Gismonti, and Cyro Baptista, and several of the works arranged on the record by Sérgio went on to receive  Grammy awards in 2004.  In 2009, the brothers were featured on Yo-Yo Ma’s chart topping release, Songs of Joy & Peace, alongside other guest artists as diverse as James Taylor and Dave Brubeck.  In the piece “Familia”, Yo-Yo plays Sérgio’s composition featuring the latter's mother, Angelina Assad, sister, Badi, and children; Clarice, Rodrigo, and Carolina.  The release topped both the classical and the mainstream Billboard charts and won a Grammy for Best Classical Crossover. In November 2015, Ma and the Assads will be creating a new project with musicians from Brazil, Russia, India, and China that will first tour North America and then Europe in the spring of 2016. 

 

In 2015, Sérgio and Odair celebrate their 50th anniversary as a duo. Their first ever performance together was in the fall of 1965 on a Brazilian television show called Boussaude, where they played with famed choro composer Jacob de Bandolin. They will start with a 27-city tour in Brazil followed by ten more in North America, highlighted by a celebration at the 92nd Street Y in New York that will feature their dear friends Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Paquito D'Rivera. The Guitar Foundation of America awards the brothers with its Lifetime Achievement Awards in June 2015. 

Last updated May 2016. Contact Opus 3 Artists for the most up-to-date version.