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Guitarists Sérgio And Odair Assad Set To Kick Off U.S. Tour October 12
Published October 12, 2007

After releasing new album Jardim Abandonado in September, the guitar-playing duo will start their U.S. tour in Mount Kisco, NY.

For their seventh Nonesuch album, Jardim Abandonado (Abandoned Garden), the guitar-playing duo of Sérgio and Odair Assad offer a collection of tracks culled from their performance repertoire of the last decade. The album was released September 17. The Assads will tour the U.S. this fall, and also play a series of dates with their sister Badi Assad, guitar/vocals Romero Lubambo, acoustic jazz guitar and Celso Machado, percussion/vocals as part of the Brazilian Guitar Festival. (See tour and festival dates below.)

The Assad brothers, who’ve played together for more than 40 years, have been acclaimed by critics around the world for the extraordinary range of their repertoire, for Sérgio’s innovative arrangements and transcriptions, and for the unique nature of the brothers’ musical interplay. As the Los Angeles Times once put it, their work together is “so precise, so perfectly synchronized that it reaches far beyond musical partnership into a kind of creative symbiosis.” The Washington Post called the Assads “the best two-guitar team in existence, maybe even in history.”

The title track comes from a piece by fellow Brazilian native Antonio Carlos Jobim, and the Assads include three more from his catalogue on Jardim Abandonado. They also perform work from Sérgio himself his daughter—the composer, pianist and vocalist Clarice Assad and do a version of Nonesuch label-mate Adam Guettel’s “Octet,” from his Tony Award-Winning The Light in the Piazza. They also perform transcriptions of works by early 20th century French composer Darius Milhaud (excerpts from his “Scaramouche,” originally written for saxophone, orchestra and piano) and Claude Debussy (two pieces from his piano-based “Suite Bergamasque”).

The Assads have cultivated an impressive following among classical music, jazz and world music listeners through such Nonesuch releases as the Latin Grammy Award-Winning Sérgio and Odair Assad Play Piazzolla (2001), which includes the “Tango Suite” that Astor Piazzolla composed especially for them, and Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg, Sérgio & Odair Assad (2000), in which the guitarists join violinist Sonnenberg to explore the musical tradition of the Gypsies. (The trio continues to perform concerts together.) They also have collaborated on stage and on record with cellist Yo-Yo-Ma, and worked with artists such as soprano Dawn Upshaw and violinist Gidon Kremer.

Sérgio and Odair Assad U. S. Tour

October 12, 2007: Mount Kisco, NY
October 13, 2007: New York, NY
October 14, 2007: Bethesda, MD
October 17, 2007: Milwaukee, WI
October 19, 2007: Sedona, AZ
October 21, 2007: El Paso, TX
October 23, 2007: Seattle, WA
October 24, 2007: Portland OR

Brazilian Guitar Festival Tour

January 25, 2008: Boston, MA
January 27, 2008: New York, NY
January 31, 2008: Chicago, IL
February 1, 2008: Ann Arbor, MI
February 5, 2008: Conway, AR
February 7, 2008: Berkeley, CA
February 8, 2008: Chico, CA
February 9, 2008: Eugene, OR
February 10, 2008: Costa Mesa, CA
February 11, 2008: San Diego, CA