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April 12, 2004 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
There was never any doubt that the music would be world class in the Assad family concert Friday night at the Cerritos Center. After all, the stars of the Brazilian family are the Assad Brothers, a universally praised classical guitar duo, and Badi Assad, an utterly unique singer-guitarist. What actually developed at the program, however, was far more unexpected.
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April 12, 2004 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
There was never any doubt that the music would be world class in the Assad family concert Friday night at the Cerritos Center. After all, the stars of the Brazilian family are the Assad Brothers, a universally praised classical guitar duo, and Badi Assad, an utterly unique singer-guitarist. What actually developed at the program, however, was far more unexpected.
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July 19, 2001
Aaliyah, "Aaliyah," Virgin Sergio & Odair Assad, "Sergio & Odair Assad Play Piazzolla," Nonesuch The Beta Band, "Hotshots II," Astralwerks Foxy Brown, "Broken Silence," Def Jam Craig David, "Born to Do It," Wildstar/Atlantic Perry Farrell, "Songs Yet to Be Sung," Virgin Lily Frost, "Lunamarium," Nettwerk Joydrop, "Viberate," Tommy Boy Kurupt, "Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey," Antra/Artemis Nicky Love, "Honeyvision," DreamWorks Madredeus, "Movimento," Blue Note/Metro Blue Migala, "Arde," Sub Pop
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February 4, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Listening to the Assad brothers is a bit like hearing four hands playing one large guitar. The interaction of the Brazilian siblings is so precise, so perfectly synchronized, that it reaches far beyond musical partnership--even between brothers--into a kind of creative symbiosis.
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February 6, 1999 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An aura of purity pervaded the Thursday night concert given by the guitar quartet Quaternaglia in the Little Theatre at Cal State Fullerton. The foursome brought a program of music primarily from their homeland Brazil--not one dominated by the transcriptions one might expect, but a concert of pieces intended for this relatively new genre and, at least in the cases of Sergio Assad, Paulo Bellinati and Egberto Gismonti, written by other well-established guitarists.
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November 5, 1994 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It should be enough, you'd think, that the Brazilian Assad family would have produced two prodigious musical brothers. Odair and Sergio, who performed at the Ambassador on Thursday, are dazzling guitarists, together and apart. But there's yet another guitar-wielding Assad, sister Badi. Her surprise appearance, playing a couple of Brazilian-jazz pieces on the program, both broadened the musical palette and tipped the balance away from classical repertoire.
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June 8, 1999 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Guitar competitions are probably as grueling on the performers as any other kind. But for listeners who value music over ritual, events such as the marathon finals of the 1999 Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition, held Sunday evening at Smothers Theatre of Pepperdine University, can be a lot of fun, particularly when the repertory is freewheeling repertory and there's a uniformly high level of technical wizardry.
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September 19, 2002
General Categories Record of the year: "Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte," Alejandro Sanz (Humberto Gatica & Kenny O'Brien, producers; Chris Brooke, Humberto Gatica & Eric Shilling, engineers-mixers). Album of the year: "MTV Unplugged," Alejandro Sanz (Humberto Gatica & Kenny O'Brien, producers; Humberto Gatica, Eric Schilling & Chris Brooke, engineers-mixers). Song of the year: "Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte," Alejandro Sanz, songwriter and artist. Best new artist: Jorge Moreno.
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February 13, 1990 | KENNETH HERMAN
Few performers find themselves working under the accusation of acute perfection. In fact, most critics and reviewers avoid the term "perfect" with the singular determination that President Bush avoids uttering "tax increase." The Brazilian classical guitar duo of Sergio and Odair Assad, however, stand accused of this virtue by no less than Dallas Morning News music critic John Ardoin, who wrote in 1988, "There is very little to say about the Assad brothers.
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February 3, 1999 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nobody goes into a guitar quartet to play the masterpieces of an established canon. After all, as a performing medium, the ensemble is barely a generation old. But for individualists of a particularly creative and adventuresome bent, that is precisely the attraction of the build-your-own-repertory medium.
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February 19, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
During the Ventura Chamber Music Festival two years ago, a modest clutch of new-music fans headed to the Performance Studio to hear the token contemporary event. There they found two Bay Area women, performing in self-contained contexts, breaking rules and establishing new ones. There was Pamela Z, a performance artist and experimental vocalist who uses electronics to create her world of sound.
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