Muito obrigada, University of California, Berkeley & Cal Performances, for this wonderful opportunity to see the Brazilian duo Sergio and Odair Assad live. What a treat!
You might be wondering if Assad is a Brazilian name. The brothers were born in Brazil from a Lebanese family, just like me. In this new tour, they go back to their roots and offer us the wonderful results of their extraordinary talent and cross-cultural background.
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“Brazilian-born guitar duo Sérgio and Odair Assad are delving deeper into their roots in a series of live performances titled De Volta às Raizes (Back to our Roots). The concerts examine the brothers’ ancestral roots in Lebanon, following the success of Sérgio’s Latin Grammy-winning composition “Tahhiyya li ossoulina,” off their most recent Nonesuch release, Jardim abandonado. They’ll be joined by pianist/singer/composer Clarice Assad, percussionist Jamey Haddad, and Lebanese singer Christiane Karam in an exploration of the ties between the musics of the Middle East and Brazil.”
I am going to the concert with Carl Spanoghe, Street Smart Brazil Director of Technology and Design, and Hedi, a dear friend and student. If you are coming, please drop me a note. I’d love to say hello in person.
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