Badi Assad

Badi Assad

guitarist/vocalist, composer, Saffron Caravan musician, author (Brazil)

Badi has played an array of international concerts/festivals including innovative collaborations with Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo-Ma, Sarah McLaughlin and others.  She is also the Guitarist/Vocalist in Genesis at the Crossroads’ Saffron Caravan ensemble.  With 15 albums released worldwide, her CD, Wonderland was selected by the BBC London as among the 100 Best and Amazon.com’s 30 Best.  Guitar Player, selected her as one of the guitar players that would revolutionize the world.  In addition to reaching the Top 10 in Europe, her hit song, Waves was featured in the soundtrack of It Runs in the Family, featuring Michael and Kirk Douglas.  Awarded Best Composer of the Year (APCA/BR) for her CD, Between Love and Luck, she was also distinguished by Rolling Stone Magazine to be among the Brazilian guitar masters of history.

Cantos de Casa, her children’s CD, won Trophy Cata-Vento for Best CD of the Yea and her Pega no Coco won first prize for Best World Music Song at the USA International Songwriting Competition.  In 2014, Badi was commissioned by The Guitar Film Festival Marathon in New York, to compose for the remake of the Chinese silent film, The Goddess (1934).  Invited to also serve in the role of Festival Curator, she not only performed her composition live at New York’s Merkin Hall, but also received a New York Times highlight as Best of the Festival.

She writes a weekly column about music for the online version of TOP Magazine and is the author of the newly released book, Around the World in 80 Artists (PólenLivros).  The film, BADI directed by Edu Felistoque was named Best Film by The FestCineMaracanaú in Fortaleza, Brazil and was featured at the 2018 Brazil Summerfest in New York.