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Irvine Barclay Theatre
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Sergio Assad

Odair Assad

Paquito D’Rivera, clarinet

The Brazilian-born brothers Sergio and Odair Assad are today’s preeminent guitar duo. Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble playing are the result of the unique closeness of their musical upbringing. In addition to setting new performance standards, the Assads have also played a major role in reviving contemporary music for guitar duo. Cuban Jazz clarinetist/saxohponist Paquito D’Rivera join the Assad Brothers to perform works by Aaron Copland, Sergio Assad, Piazzolla, along with music from the Latin American repertoire.

Bridging the gap between classical, jazz, and Brazilian tango music, the Assad Brothers’ success has catapulted in the last decade by a number of collaborations with musicians of the “classical crossover” movement who were interested in the Brazilian music the brothers had to offer. Among the classical artists the Assad brothers have worked with are American soprano Dawn Upshaw, Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer and Italian violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

Their collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma on the albums “Soul of the Tango” and “Obrigado Brazil” have brought them the most exposure. The Assad brothers were first asked to play on Ma’s 1997 album “Soul of the Tango,” which featured the music of Argentinean tango composer Astor Piazzolla, because the album’s producer knew that the brothers were close friends and collaborators of Piazzolla. The album went on to win a Grammy in 1998.

D’Rivera: Afro

Villoldo: El Choclo

Barroso: Aquarela do Brasil

Guerra: Trialogo

Grenet: Drume Negrita

D’Rivera: Dizziness

Lecuona: Conga de la Media Noche

Villa-Lobos: Miudinho from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4

Piazzolla: Milonga per tre

Gismonti: Baiao Malandro

Copland: Hoe Down from “Rodeo”

Assad: Mangabeira

Lauro: Vals No. 3

Nieve: Vete de mi

Barrios: Danza Paraguaya

Pascoal: O Ove/Bebe

Ramirez: Alfonsina y el mar

Pixinguinha: Um a zero

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