Thursday, April 26, 2012
Cal Performances 2012–13 Season to Include Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass, Fatoumata Diawara, Sérgio & Odair Assad, Mark Morris
Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, has announced its 2012–13 season, which will feature Kronos Quartet as the season's Artists in Residence; Philip Glass's groundbreaking work with Robert Wilson, Einstein on the Beach; Fatoumata Diawara's debut; a Sérgio & Odair Assad concert with Paquito D'Rivera; and the return of the Mark Morris Dance Company with the holiday favorite Hard Nut. Subscription sales begin on Friday.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Cal Performances 2011–12 Season to Include Dawn Upshaw, Kronos Quartet, Rokia Traoré, Sérgio & Odair Assad, Richard Goode
Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, has announced its 2011–12 season, which will feature performances from a number of performers familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Dawn Upshaw and Rokia Traoré, each in a collaboration with director Peter Sellars, the latter also with novelist Toni Morrison; Kronos Quartet in the Bay Area premiere of Steve Reich's WTC 9/11; Sérgio and Odair Assad; and Richard Goode.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Brazilian-born guitar duo Sérgio and Odair Assad are delving deeper into their roots in a series of live performances titled De Volta as 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.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Nonesuch Records congratulates Sérgio Assad, winner of the 2008 Latin Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for "Tahhiyya Li Ossoulina," off Sérgio and Odair Assad's latest Nonesuch album, Jardim Abandonado. The ninth annual Latin Grammy awards were handed out last night in a celebration at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, broadcast live on Univision, that included a live performance by label mate Fernando Otero.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Congratulations to Sérgio and Odair Assad, whose most recent Nonesuch release, Jardim Abandonado has just been nominated for two Latin Grammy awards: Best Classical Album and Best Classical Contemporary Composition for Sérgio's "Tahhiyya li ossoulina." The ninth annual Latin Grammy Award ceremony will be broadcast live from Houston's Toyota Center, November 13, on the Univision network.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Sérgio and Odair Assad's Jardim Abandonado receives five stars from Audiophile Audition, which credits the brothers' "great artistry and amazing technical facility" with setting "new standards for guitar duos." On the new album in particular, "The sound of the duo is just perfect—rich and natural, with the separation of the two instruments just enough without being exaggerated ... A winning collection with very wide appeal!"
Monday, October 29, 2007
Guitar virtuosos Sérgio and Odair Assad recently performed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as part of a nationwide tour in support of their new album, Jardim Abandonado. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's music critic Tom Strini, a guitarist himself, was left in awe:
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
In the October 29 issue of The New Yorker, writer Russell Platt reviews Jardim Abandonado, the new record by Sérgio and Odair Assad, calling the Brazilian brothers' take on four classic tunes by Antônio Carlos Jobim "exquisite miniatures of ardent desire and ineffable regret." Platt also singles out the album's two transcriptions of French composer Darius Milhaud's "Scaramouche," which, in the Assads hands, "become mellow drops of sunshine"; and the album's "pièce de résistance ...