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An Incredible Night of World Music featuring Badi Assad and George Brooks & Kala Ramnath’s “Global Conversation” with Frank Martin and Selvaganesh Vinayakram
Friday, July 12 @ 8:00 PM| $25 – $45
Doors open 7PM | Show starts at 8PM
Orchestra $45 | Loge $40 | Lower Balcony $35 | Upper Balcony $25
Front Row Table $200
4 Seats Per Table ($50 per seat)
BADI ASSAD is a fantastic guitar player, singer, vocal juggler and songwriter from São Paulo, revealed as one of the most complete and virtuoso artists of her generation. The Los Angeles Times once said: “Badi Assad redefines solo (guitar) performance! Revelatory, a brilliant display of innovation, imagination, and skill…almost hypnotically compelling!”
With 14 albums released worldwide (her Wonderland, 2006, was selected among the 100 Best from the prestigious BBC London and was also included among the 30 Best on Amazon.com) Badi was selected (with artists such as Ben Harper and Ani DiFranco) as one of the guitar players that would revolutionize the world (US Guitar Player).
Embraced by Verve (Universal) and eDGe Music (Deutsche Grammophon) she played quite a lot of concerts. Including collaborations with artists such as Bob McFerrin, Yo-Yo-Ma and Sarah McLaughlin, among others. She already performed in some of the most prestigious international festivals like North Sea Jazz Festival’ (NE), Stimmen Festival (CH) and theaters like Paris Opera (FR), Metropolitan Museum (NY)…
Badi had her song “Waves” featured in the soundtrack of It runs in the family (featuring Michael and Kirk Douglas) and had songs at top 10 in Europe.
In 2004 She toured the world with the legends guitarists Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie, with the project Three Guitars. In 2006 she started a new project with her brothers, the famous Duo Assad, true masters of the classic guitar.
In 2010, to celebrate her 20-year career, She released a commemorative DVD “Badi Assad.” 2 years later Badi released her first independent and authorial album through her own label Between Love and Luck, already conquering the award of Best Composer of The Year (APCA/BR). Also her song Pega no Coco won 1st prize in the USA International Songwriting Competition (world music category).
In the same year was selected among the Brazilian guitar masters of history (Rolling Stones Magazine).
In 2014 Badi was commissioned by The Guitar Film Festival Marathon in NY, to compose for the Chinese silent film ‘The Goddess’ (1934) and she performed it live at the ‘Merkin Hall’ (NY). For the same Festival she was invited to be the curator and her night was highlighted as the best of the Festival by the NYTimes; In July she released her first CD dedicated to children ‘Cantos de Casa’ and received the ‘Trophy Cata-Vento’ as best CD of the year.
In 2015 Badi released Hatched, with acclaimed covers of modern icons such as Lorde and Skrillex. In 2018 she released her first book ‘Around the world in 80 artists’ and the Brazilian movie director Edu Felistoque created a documentary about her life called BADI, winning as The Best Film of FestCine Maracanaú (BR). It had its international debut at the Brasil Summerfest in NY and won as Best Documentary at Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival.
George Brooks & Kala Ramnath
George Brooks and Kala Ramnath have been performing together since the early 2000’s when they were introduced by tabla phenom Zakir Hussain. Since then they have performed extensively in the US, India and Europe with Brooks’ groups Summit and Aspada as well as their co-led group Global Conversation and most recently Elements, their trio with Dutch harpist Gwyneth Wentink. (see video). Frank Martin has performed with Ramnath and Brooks as part of Global Conversation and as a member of George Brooks’ Summit. (see video). Martin is also featured along with Ramnath on Brooks’ 2010 recording “Sprit and Spice”.
Kala Ramnath, born and raised in the southern Indian city of Chennai, represents the seventh generation of her family to play violin. While Chennai is the heart of the Carnatic classical world, Ramnath was drawn to the North Indian Hindustani tradition, spending more than a decade studying intensively with revered Mewati vocalist Pandit Jasraj.
George Brooks is a prolific and diverse saxophonist and composer, acclaimed for successfully bridging the worlds of jazz and Indian classical music. He is the founder Indian fusion group Summit with Zakir Hussain, Fareed Haque and Kai Eckhardt; Bombay Jazzwith Larry Coryell and Ronu Majumdar and the Raga Bop Triowith Steve Smith and south Indian guitarist Prasanna. Brooks has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America with India’s most respected concert artists including Hariprasad Chaurasia, U Srinivas, Trilok Gurtu, Shankar Mahadevan, as well as jazz, blues and pop luminaries John McLaughlin, Jaki Byard, Etta James, Talvin Singh, Ray Manzarek (Doors), the Temptations, and many others.
Northern California native Frank Martin maintains a diverse career as a performer, producer and educator, who has performed and/or recorded with an extraordinary array of today’s highest profile artists.
Martin has toured as Musical Director for recording artists Narada Michael Walden, Patti Austin, Angela Bofill and Roy Ayers and for the past 20 years has been a member of Sting’s “Rainforest Band” performing annually at Carnegie Hall, with James Taylor, Elton John, Billy Joel and many others.