Legendary Brazilian-born brothers Sergio and Odair Assad have played a major role in creating and introducing new music for two guitars. Their full evening of guitar works will showcase their supreme technique.
Sergio and Odair Assad have set the benchmark for all other guitarists by creating a new standard of guitar innovation, ingenuity and expression. Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble-playing come from a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and studies under guitarist/lutenist Monina Tavora (1921-2011), a disciple of Andres Segovia.
Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radames Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger, and Francisco Mignone. Now Sergio Assad is adding to their repertoire by composing music for the duo and for various musical partners both with symphony orchestra and in recitals. They have worked extensively with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Romero Lubambo, Paquito D’Rivera, Gidon Kremer and Dawn Upshaw.
The Assad’s repertoire includes original music composed by Sergio and his own take on classic folk and jazz music, as well as various styles of Latin music. Their classical repertoire includes transcriptions of the great Baroque keyboard literature of Bach, Rameau, and Scarlatti and adaptations of works by such diverse figures as Gershwin, Ginastera, and Debussy; thus making their touring programs a compelling blend of styles, periods and cultures.
Presented by San Francisco Performances.