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“Mr. Assad’s phrasing is highly personalized, with extreme rubato and articulation so varied as sound almost improvised.”—The New York Times

Enjoy the opportunity to hear the great Brazilian guitarist, Odair Assad, of the world-famous Assad Brothers duo, present his individual voice in a rare New York solo recital. To hear the Assad Brothers is always a joyous experience; to hear one alone is a singular treat. The program takes you on a musical tour of Latin America, from the Brazilian jazz-pop songs of Garôto to Piazzolla’s Argentine nuevo tangos, including recent pieces by Gismonti and Brouwer written for Odair Assad.

This recital begins 92Y’s series co-presented with SubCulture, located on Bleecker Street. Come for the daring and eclectic music, and stay for a relaxed drink during the concert or at the bar.

Odair Assad, guitar

VILLA-LOBOS: Selections from Suite populaire brésilienne, W.020
VILLA-LOBOS: Chôros No. 1, W. 161
BARRIOS MANGORÉ: Mazurka apasionada
BARRIOS MANGORÉ: Chôro da saudade, “A Lament”
GARÔTO (A. SARDINHA):  Jorge do Fusa
GARÔTO (A. SARDINHA):  Gente humilde
GARÔTO (A. SARDINHA):  Lamentos do morro
GISMONTI: Memória e fado *
PIAZZOLLA: Invierno Porteño  (arr. S. Assad)
PIAZZOLLA: Primavera Porteña (arr. S. Assad)
BROUWER: Sonata del caminante *

* dedicated to Odair Assad

This concert is approximately 70 minutes long, with no intermission.


  92Y Concerts at SubCulture is a co-presentation of 92Y and SubCulture.

This concert takes place in SubCulture, 45 Bleecker St.


In 2015 Brazilian guitarist Odair Assad celebrates 50 years of performing concerts with his brother Sérgio as one of the finest guitar duos of all time. Yet It was only in 1998 that Mr. Assad began performing solo recitals and recording on his own. It is of little surprise that his sublime playing has been acclaimed at every turn.

Mr. Assad owes much of his inspiration to his close friend Thomas Humphrey. Mr. Humphrey was one of the great luthiers of his time, whose innovative guitars are still in demand. He had made the brothers’ guitars for many years and had encouraged Odair Assad to perform solo throughout his career. When Mr. Humphrey died suddenly in 2008, Mr. Assad was inspired to honor his friend and played a concert in New York within months of his death.

The brilliant Cuban composer Leo Brouwer wrote the piece, Sonata del Caminante for the guitarist at that time, followed quickly by Egberto Gismonti, who wrote Memoria e Fado. Sérgio Assad then composed Brevidades for his brother, and soon a program of new repertoire had been created which Odair was able to premiere and record. In spring 2010, his debut solo CD, El Caminante, was released on the GHA label.

Mr. Assad’s first North American concert tour began in February 2011, and included a recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the tour was received enthusiastically by guitar aficionados and general audiences alike. His 92Y concert is part of a major European and American tour that begins in early October with concerts in Denmark, Poland, Belgium and Switzerland. Concerts in the US include Washington, DC, Baltimore, St. Louis and San Francisco. For his tour repertoire Mr. Odair is drawing from his new recording, Old Friend, which includes a piece by Kevin Callahan dedicated to the memory of Odair’s father, Jorge Assad. Also featured on the album and tour are works by Marlos Nobre, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Egberto Gismonti and his brother Sérgio.

Odair continues to play with his brother Sérgio. They toured with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott in April 2012 and will again in 2016. Next year, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of their partnership, they will release a new recording that pays tribute to Brazilian guitar. They will perform repertoire from the CD in an international anniversary tour that will include a performance at 92Y on May 9, 2015.

Photo: Fadi Kheir

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