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BADI ASSAD
Verde

Chegei meu povo · Asa branca · Básica
Nao adianta · One · Voce nao entendeu
nada · Viola meu bem · O verde é
maravilha · Feminina · Bachelorette
Seu delegado · Estrangeiro em mim
Bom dia tristeza · The being between
Valse d'amelie · Implorando
In my little white top
Badi Assad
vocals, guitar, percussion, kalimba
Int. Release 01 Apr. 2005
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CD DDD 0289 477 5232 5 GH


Lista de temas

Mestre Walter
Luiz Gonzaga (1912 - 1990), Humberto Teixeira (1916 - 1979)
Taniana Cobbett
3.
0:00
3:48

Badi Assad, Jeff Young
U2
5.
One
0:00
4:37

Badi Assad
Traditional
Ruy Maurity, Johannes Jorge
Badi Assad, Simone Soul
Björk (1965 - )
Jorge Bernardo, Juraci de a. Aranha, Raul G. Marques
Badi Assad
Adoniran Barbosa (1910 - 1982), Vinícius de Moraes (1913 - 1980)
Badi Assad, Jeff Young
Yann Tiersen (1970 - )
Toquinho
Taniana Cobbett
Básica

Badi Assad

Tiempo total de reproducción 53:46

. . . music . . . founded on superb classical abilities, supplemented by a unique vocal style . . .

Assad opened what turned into a mesmerizing evening exploring the textures and the sheer ebullience of Brazilian music. A gifted guitarist, she has enhanced her solo sets with startling vocal sounds: pops, clicks, wails, shrieks and occasional growls. In her recent work, the stylistic pendulum has swung further toward vocal . . . At her best, she further affirmed her singular musical vision.

"Assad is a remarkable guitarist and singer from an illustrious Sao Paulo musical family . . . Here we have a rich and varied menu of singer-songwriter angst, mystical reflection, sophisticated instrumentals and cerebral renditions of classics and regional folk songs . . . lovers of the more sophisticated side of Brazilian music, from Milton Nascimento to Egberto Gismonti, will find this fits nicely into their collection."

"The Brazilian has won guitar awards as a prodigy and as an acknowledged master, yet she's got an almost Bobby McFerrin-like versatility to her voice and musical heritage that covers the breadth of Brazilian musical styles. Whichever direction she goes, she brings a trickster-like joyfulness that comes when musical mastery is child's play. Each wrinkle of her musical personality is simply another facet of her inner core. Indeed one imagines that this woman not only dreams in color, but also with a Technicolor soundtrack."

. . . Assad cultivated a wildly variegated and exotically beautiful garden of tunes . . . Assad's intimated voice bravely lays bare her emotiones, inviting listeners in to gather a beautiful bouquet.

The alluring Brazilian vocalist/guitarist Badi Assad delves deep into her intuitive sense of jazz, classical, pop and rock ¿ not to mention her command of many traditional and contemporary Brazilian styles ¿ to create a singularly captivating album . . . Badi has again proven she is a remarkable talent . . . Assad¿s luscious vocals, either in Portuguese or English, are certainly capable of endocrine excitation. It¿s that her singing, guitar-playing, and vocal percussive tones are all marvelous expressions of her beautiful heart.

»Verde«, grün, ist . . . der richtige Name für dieses wundervolle Album, das zeigt: Es gibt doch Leben neben dem Mainstream.

Sonne in der Stimme . . .

Ihr Mix klingt toll . . .

Eine Standortbestimmung ihrer Persönlichkeit, widersprüchlich, ungezähmt, kultiviert und mit schönster Stimmflora geschmückt.

Das Warten hat sich gelohnt . . . so vielfältig wie der Regenwald, so vielfältig ist auch ihre Musik . . . Assad ist Songwriterin, Gitarristin und eine herausragende Sängerin. Aber auch für Chansoneskes, für lautmalerische tierstimmenähnliche Gesangspassagen hat sie einen Faible. Immer ist es, als wenn der Gesang uns mit zahlreichen Stimmungen und Anspielungen umschmeichelt . . . Wunderbar, mehr davon!

Auf dem von archaischen Instrumenten durchsetzen Werk, von dem sie sagt, es sei ihr bislang »brasilianischstes«, fühlt sie sich wirklich der Schönhiet des Einfachen verpflichtet und intoniert mit charmanter Stimme Songs, die mal ganz verwunschen, mal herzerweichend sentimental, mal ansteckend fröhlich tönen.

Grün wie der Wald, wie Brasilien, wie die Hoffnung, wie die Harmonie, wie der Urwald. Nicht wie ein Produkt, sondern wie ein fortwährender Prozeß. Grün wie die Musik von Badi Assad.

Sorgsam arrangierte Songperlen, die von traditionellem Volksgut bis zu Luiz Gonzaga und Toquinho reichen . . . Ein berechtigter Grund für die Hoffnung, daß Badi Assad mit diesem Album . . . ihre endgültige Premium-Parkposition im großen Musikzirkus eingenommen hat. Denn dort gehört sie zweifelssohne hin.

Sie nutzt ihre Stimme flexibel wie ein Instrument, mag schlicht-ambitionierte Arrangements und favorisiert glasklaren Sound audiophiler Güte.

"So variantenreich das Grün im Regenwald, so breit ist die tonale Vielfalt des Landes -- und die in Assads Songs. Die 38-Jährige vereint die Wehmut des Bossa Nova, die perkussive Wucht der Samba-Musik und die Naturverbundenheit in den Gesängen der Ureinwohner, um von Entwurzelung und Heimkehr, von Verlust und Selbstfindung zu berichten."

Keine Ahnung, was Badi Assad da genau macht. Aber sie macht es toll . . . »Verde« ist ein grandioser kunterbunter Dschungeltrip ohne Rückfahrtschein.

Badi Assad ist eine Bossa Nova-Gitarristin der neuen Schule. Das heißt es werden durchaus neue Wege gegangen, als den des bekannten dum-tsche-dum-Rhythmus. Manchmal ganz sparsam, manchmal beinahe atonal, aber immer mit viel Soul.

Sie nutzt ihre Stimme flexibel wie ein Instrument, mag schlicht-ambitionierte Arrangements und favorisiert glasklaren Sound audiophiler Güte.

. . . sanftmütige Gitarrenjazz-Kontemplation, der die bühnengewaltige Stimm- und Körperakrobatin wohl temperierte Percussion- und Vokalausbrüche verpasst.

Das Warten hat sich gelohnt . . . so vielfältig wie der Regenwald, so vielfältig ist auch ihre Musik . . . Assad ist Songwriterin, Gitarristin und eine herausragende Sängerin. Aber auch für Chansoneskes, für lautmalerische tierstimmenähnliche Gesangspassagen hat sie einen Faible . . . Immer ist es, als wenn der Gesang uns mit zahlreichen Stimmungen und Anspielungen umschmeichelt . . . Wunderbar, mehr davon!

Mit eigenwilligen Interpretationen . . . meldet sich die Brasilianerin . . . eindrucksvoll und mit einem bunten Kaleidoskop an Stimmungen zurück.

Eine ideenreiche Reise durch die musikalischen Stile und Rhythmen des Tropenlandes.

". . . eine der originellsten Vokal-Instrumental-Künstlerinnen zwischen Jazz und brasilianischer Musik."

. . . die zierliche Frau [breitet] mit Gitarre und Stimme eine verwirrende Fülle an schönen Stimmungen und Klangfarben aus.

Mit »Verde« zeigt . . . Badi Assad, welch enormes Potenzial die Musik ihrer Heimat birgt . . . Eine verwirrende Fülle an schönen Stimmungen und Klangfarben.

Im World-Music-Kontext zuhause, dabei aber emotionaler, intelligenter, gelegentlich sogar unberechenbarer, ist »Verde« . . . Relaxter Latin-Song-Jazz.

Eine in sich geschlossene Klangwelt . . . In ihrer konsequenten Verweigerung eines global einheitlichen Pop-Klangs wirken die Aufnahmen faszinierend, fremd und vielfältig.

Nach Jahren meldet sich Badi Assad endlich wieder zurück und unterstreicht, dass sie zu den interessantesten und originellsten Gitarre spielenden brasilianischen Sängerinnen und Songschreiberinnen der jüngeren Generation gehört . . . Dabei schöpft sie nicht nur aus dem immensen Reichtum der brasilianischen Stile und Rhythmen, sondern auch aus dem Fundus des Jazz und der Klassik sowie der zeitgenössischen Pop- und Rockmusik . . . Das lang erwartete Comeback von Badi Assad hätte wohl kaum kurzweiliger geraten können.
    Badi Assad on her Songs

01 cheguei meu povo > master walter (maracatu nação estrela brilhante*)
i'm here, my people


vocals: badi assad // featured artists: cordel do fogo encantado (lirinha, moises clayton barros, emerson calado, nego henrique, rafa almeida) - vocals and percussion (snare drum, 10" tom-tom, surdo, macauba drum, caxixis, gong)

after living in the united states for four years i came back to my homeland, brazil. i do believe that, for the same reason berries don't grow on orange trees (and although i believe we can take our nest with us wherever we go), this is my place. yes, i am a citizen of the world, but when i come home i want the smells i know and recognize. i want the forests, i want the ocean, i want the brazilian sense of humor. i want to be near my closest friends, near the reddish soil of são joão da boa vista, on my parents' laps, inside the sound of deep drumming and the inspiration that pours from the songs of caetanos, lenines and chicos... i want to lose myself in the sound of cities and rocks, of trees and jungle. i want the indian chants to lead my way and the strength of the brazilian people to shower over me. this is why i had to open this cd with a voice that comes from the deepest insides, that calls me back, that wakes me up, that embraces me, thrills me and warms me in a fire that is, indeed, magical.


02 asa branca > luiz gonzaga & humberto teixeira
white wing (interlude)


vocals and guitar: badi assad
publisher: rio musical ltda. (fermata publishing group of brazil, são paulo)

one day i found out it was possible to produce more than one vocal sound at a time. ever since, i haven't stopped toying with this wonderful possibility. in this arrangement i play vocal percussion at the same time that i sing the melody and play my guitar...


03 básica (or “de blusinha branca") > tatiana cobbett
basic (or “in my little white top")


vocals and guitar: badi assad // 7-string guitar: edmilson cappelupi // mandolin: webster santos // flute: teco cardoso
percussion: guello (tambourine, surdo, tamborim and matchbox) // guitar arrangement by carlinhos antunes
publisher: nossa música productions and musical publishing, rio de Janeiro

everything simple, basic, essential. this song sums it all up with a sensuous touch, from the point of view of a woman who knows very well what she wants...


04 não adianta > badi assad & jeff young
it's no use


voice and vocal percussion: badi assad // acoustic guitars: webster santos // electric bass: rodolfo stroeter
percussion: guilherme kastrup (tambourine, cuíca, snare, ice bucket, cans, percussion f/x)

this song was born out of an emotion, one that is shared, i believe, by anyone who has ever been in a relationship: the feeling of being fed up with someone.


05 one > u2: adam clayton, laurence mullen, david evans, paul david hewson

vocals and guitar: badi assad // electric bass: rodolfo stroeter // percussion: naná vasconcelos (conga, vase, sticks, clapping, percussion f/x) // guitar arrangement by carlinhos antunes
publisher: universal music publishing group, los angeles

i knew there was a bossa nova hidden in there... and because i love this idea of mixing up worlds, i began to imagine a pensive bono on the sands of copacabana... could it be that that's exactly where he went to write this precious jewel of a song? the contemplation of a love that can be more, that can go deeper, a love that believes in transcendence, that lives up to this wonderful math which adds one plus one and comes up with one.


06 você não entendeu nada > badi assad
you didn't get it


vocals and guitar: badi assad // acoustic bass: rodolfo stroeter // percussion: naná vasconcelos (talking drum, triangle, caxixi, vocal f/x) // guitar arrangement by carlinhos antunes

two people with differing personalities, crossed paths... but the heart can't choose for whom it's going to fall in love... we are faced with the immeasurable possibilities for growth that all relationships bring. and we continue on our journey of discovery, this tireless search... striving to reach a bit further... searching for ourselves.


07 viola meu bem > trad.
guitar, my love


vocals: badi assad & carolina assad // percussion: naná vasconcelos (double beat) // vocal arrangement by clarice assad

i will always be grateful for having identified the guitar as one of the chief tools that give meaning to my life and art. besides that, as a proud aunt, this track fills me with joy: firstly, because i have two such immensely talented nieces, and secondly, because i can have the privilege of always counting on their unconditional participation in my work.


08 o verde é maravilha > ruy maurity, josé jorge & tim simenon
green is wonderful


vocals: badi assad // venezuelan cuatro: carlinhos antunes // acoustic bass: rodolfo stroeter // clapping: carlinhos antunes & badi assad
publisher: sigem

in today's harried, violent, superficial world we tend to replace spontaneity with suspicion. when we hear this song everything falls back into place, because, in its simple and unpretentious way, it makes us happy. for a few brief minutes, this song seeps into our unconscious mind and becomes a process through which we get in touch with our deepest, most sacred, most pure, alive and throbbing essence. green is, indeed, wonderful. without it we wouldn't be here, nothing would make sense; there would be no hope.


09 feminina > badi assad & simone soul
feminine


vocals: badi assad & carolina assad // percussion: naná vasconcelos (berimbaus, caxixis, vase)

i believe the world needs to reclaim its feminine energy. it's been a long time since women began to rebel against the masculine monopoly. the struggle to prove there's no difference in rights and/or obligations has made women somewhat masculine too. we must restore what's feminine and maternal in all of us, men and women. this balance needs to be brought back in the world outside but especially inside each one of us. we sing this song for everyone. let's wake up and honor the feminine that lies dormant. i'm sure there would be less violence in the world. understanding and forgiveness would be attainable. intuition would again be our guiding voice. it has to be.


10 bachelorette > björk gudmundsdottir & sigurjon b. sigurdsson

vocals and guitar: badi assad // accordion: toninho ferragutti // cello: dimos guadaroulis // electric bass: rodolfo stroeter // percussion: naná vasconcelos (alfaia) // guitar arrangement by sérgio assad
publisher: universal music publishing group, los angeles

björk is an eternal source of inspiration for me, a symbol of all that's modern, bold and free. since the first time i heard “bachelorette" i felt that the song could easily travel to piazzolla's universe. i invited my brother sérgio to join me on this journey and together we brought björk to argentina, with, of course, a stopover in brazil - all without losing her icelandic and universal identity. oof!


11 seu delegado > jorge bernardo, juraci de a. aranha & raul g. marques,
mr. deputy


vocals: badi assad // clarinets: luca raele // acoustic bass: rodolfo stroeter // arrangement by luca raele
publisher: addaf

for a long time i've sung this song without knowing who had written it. this confirms what joseph campbell and pierre verger have said about oral traditions - in this case, that of brazilian music. loads of fun!


12 estrangeiro em mim > badi assad
stranger in me


vocals and guitar: badi assad // cello: dimos guadaroulis // percussion: naná vasconcelos (conga, coquinhos, vocal percussion) // acoustic guitar arrangement by carlinhos antunes

the sadness of realizing that the person you used to love has become a stranger, a shadow of what he or she once meant in our emotional universe.

13 bom dia tristeza > adoniran barbosa & vinícius de moraes
good morning sadness


vocals: badi assad // 12-string guitar: webster santos // flute: teco cardoso
publisher: arapuã musical limited (fermata publishing group of brazil, são paulo)

this is the sole collaboration between vinícius (poet) and adoniran (composer)... and the result of this unusual encounter is so beautiful - a very specific feeling. we all know that if we don't visit these hidden, secret places inside us, we will never be able to reach true fulfillment.


14 the being between (or “daruma") > badi assad & jeff young

vocals and prepared guitar: badi assad

i was travelling across the us when, in sedona, arizona, i bought a postcard filled with native american symbols. we were at the threshold of the new millennium. that unknown and mysterious alphabet began to inspire me and i quickly started writing a poem that, with jeff young's collaboration, became this lullaby. in fact, the song is sung to this millennium - as if a portal had been opened up and a new prince had passed through it. this celebration greets his arrival. welcome to this future life.
note: the guitar in this track has been prepared by placing a drumstick under the strings, thereby modifying its natural timbre. this idea came from marco antônio guimarães, the extraordinary musician who created instruments for uakti, and it was introduced to me when i visited his workshop in belo horizonte. the western acoustic guitar is thus turned into a sort of koto, the japanese string instrument. this amazing intervention shows us that it doesn't really make any difference where you come from. we're all inhabitants of the same planet - earth, right?


15 valse d'amélie > yann tiersen

nylon-stringed and steel-stringed guitars: badi assad // accordion: toninho ferragutti // acoustic guitar arrangement by sérgio assad
publisher: C 2001 bmg music publishing france / ici d'ailleurs...

instrumental music was part of my musical education and it has always been present in my work. in the beginning of my career it meant everything to me, but gradually the voice crept in and captivated me. it's still great to experience the magic that can be brought about by the absence of lyrics. without them, the trip may become even more subjective. what surprised me here was discovering a bit of satie while transcribing this theme - taken from jean-pierre jeunet's film amélie - from the piano to the acoustic guitar.


16 implorando > toquinho
begging


acoustic guitars: toquinho & badi assad
publisher: bmg brazil, são Paulo

besides being a brazilian music icon, toquinho is a great human being. from the moment i had the pleasure of meeting him, i've felt that synergy was happening between us. i haven't left him alone ever since! in what is essentially my first brazilian-made recording, it was impossible not to have him join in.


17 in my little white top > tatiana cobbett
(english version of básica)