Badi Assad (pronounced Bah-Jee Ah-Sahj) is a Brazilian fingerstyle guitarist, vocalist, composer, and percussionist. Her music effortlessly crosses genres from Brazilian folk and pop styles to classical, jazz, adult contemporary, and various world music traditions. The nylon-string guitarist is known for musical adventurousness; she often juxtaposed various classical and jazz guitar vocabularies with prepared guitar techniques to create unusual timbres. With a big, resonant alto, she sings and improvises vocally in English and Portuguese. Though she made her recorded debut in Brazil in 1989, she gained global notoriety for her 1994 Chesky debut, Solo. In 1995, after releasing the innovative Rhythms, Assad was voted Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist by the editors of Guitar Player. After 1997's Echoes of Brazil, she signed to Universal ...
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