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10/15/2015
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Minneapolis: BADI ASSAD and ADRIAN LEGG at Cedar Cultural Center

Co-bill of Badi Assad and Adrian Legg. Adrian will kick the evening off, followed by Badi.

Badi Assad is a Brazilian singer songwriter, guitarist and percussionist. One of a kind, Assad blends pop, jazz and world influences together with the traditional sounds of Brazilian music like no other. The younger sister of classical guitarists Sergio Assad and Odair Assad (Duo Assad) she combines her extraordinary guitar talent, mouth percussion and beautiful singing to create an unforgettable live experience. Assad has released 14 albums since 1989, including her most recent release in 2014 “Cantos de Casa” No stranger to accolades, Assad has been named “Best Fingerstyle Guitarist” by Guitar Player Magazine and won Best World Music song for “Pega no Coco” in 2013’s “USA Songwriting Competition” among many other awards and recognitions. Assad has also worked with Bobby McFerrin, Larry Coryell, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah McLachlan and others while performing at such prestigious international festivals like the Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, FarmAid and others.

England’s Guitar magazine observes how Adrian Legg is “impossible to categorize as a player.” True indeed. And that’s largely because he defies easy categorization as a person. Renowned and awarded for his unique amalgamation of acoustic and electric guitar and how he blends diverse musical styles and inspirations into a distinctive sound all his own, Legg has been hailed as “one of the wizards” of the guitar (Philadelphia Enquirer), “an adventurer” (Newsday) and “a genius” (Los Angeles Reader). In addition to his distinguished career as a live performer, recording artist and composer, he is an innovator in guitar design and amplification technology, an instructor, photographer, writer and author, witty and engaging between song onstage raconteur, and an at large commentator for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” among other gifts, pursuits and interests. Hence it’s no wonder that What’s Up magazine hails London-born Legg as “the greatest British import since Newcastle Brown Ale.”