February 4, 2000 |
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.
February 6, 1999 |
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.
November 5, 1994 |
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.
June 8, 1999 |
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.
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.
February 13, 1990 |
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.