Around the World
‘Around the World in 80 Artists' started as a blog, which became a book, toured Brazil as a concert and ends its cycle now... with the release of the CD 'Around the World'. A project that brought me a lot of joy by making it possible to share my diverse influences, ways of seeing the world, international trips, behind the scenes and particularities, something that, in a certain way, was unknown to my audience. This repertoire synthesizes a journey around the world with an opened sight, mixing sounds with freedom, and breaking down any possible borders and prejudices. They are sounds from different eras that, through an essential foundation, belong to the same universe, that of music. The way I look at these songs is devotional, but, I confess, the moment I interpret them, they become a little bit mine as well. "
'The invitation to record this album in Berkeley / CA came from the owner of Historic Studio, Ricky Fataar. Ricky and I met during a performance of mine in San Francisco (Jan/2018), in the middle of the American winter. As he is a drummer (from Bonnie Raitt, by the way), he was intrigued by my rhythmic adventures, the ability to coordinate the use of voice and guitar, and my emotions.
In January of the following year, I would perform again around San Francisco, and he, knowing this, sent me an invitation to record there, through a mutual friend, Camille LeBlanc. (Note: when Ricky is away from the countless tours with Bonnie, he likes to open his studio for special projects). When I heard about the invitation, it was very close to my travel date. Then I knew I would not be able to prepare anything new in such a short period time. Then I thought it would be incredible if I could record the repertoire of 'Around the world in 80 Artists,' in its SOLO format.
Originally I had not planned to launch this project in an audio format, as I had already circulated with it a lot in Brazil, but that was how destine gave me this possibility of recording myself Solo (something I did only once, on the occasion of my debut album by Chesky Records 'SOLO' 1994), at the studio of such a beloved person, showered with technical and genial qualities.
Later, Wulf Muller, who worked on the launch of Chameleon (1998) worldwide, he asked what was new in my world. And that was how the 'Around the World' audios, through Wulf, encouraged me not to just launch the project digitally (something I had previously imagined) but also physically. Consequently, the North American record company Ropeadope (based in Philadelphia), became interested in the project and, Voilà ... My adventures around the world now presents itself in music."
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What is the Badi
Badi Music is a series of episodes with different creative ideas, which were developed by Badi Assad throughout her career. Ideas that inspired, even, the nickname received by the American critic of 'One Woman Band', at the beginning of her career. They are creations that arose through her natural curiosity to expand the integration with the guitar, voice, the universe of percussion, and exploration as a solo performer. All of this is carried out simultaneously, without a hierarchy of preferences.
The series is initially presented in 12 episodes, divided into two seasons, all presented by Badi.
While still young, Badi discovered that the guitar could be more than a melodic and harmonic instrument. It was capable of being explored as a percussive instrument; be used as a double bass, playing it with one hand while the other, free, could play other instruments; or even be used as if it were a prepared piano, through the use (and relative interference) of organic objects, which modify its natural timbre, generating sound multiplicities, at the same time that calls for creative motor coordination.
In parallel, Badi began to investigate the voice as an instrument of multiple capacities and, in this discovery, ethnic sounds and percussive timbres began to populate her musical universe, causing the natural evolution of a very personal vocal style, where she mixes, for example, the melodic singing to the simultaneous sound of vocal percussion, as an illusionist trick.
This “One Woman Band” then came naturally and, since it emerged, Badi's music has never stopped traveling unusual paths full of experimental nuances and singular discoveries, which ended up becoming a reference.
Badi Music concentrates in one place - the Badi Assad channel on Youtube, the entire arsenal of her inventiveness. In the future, Badi will launch an online course for those who are interested in each of these specific techniques, which were developed to materialize her musical elaborations.