Episode #208

Program #208

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Thursday, August 19, 2004

The undisputed fact that practically everyone plays guitar in Brazil cannot be denied once again. However, the guitar-playing brothers, Sergio and Odair Assad, perform, arrange, compose, and belong in a musical class all their own. A number of living composers have written music specifically for the duo, and because of their identical musical education and unique experience, the brothers have achieved a remarkable unified sound and ensemble playing for which they are known throughout the world. On this 1989 New Sounds From the Vaults, the Assad Brothers perform some Latin American music live in the WNYC studios, including works by Astor Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, and Egberto Gismonti. Also, Sergio quips that he is the brother who does all the serious work, including a surprise arrangement of Debussy as an encore, which his brother, Odair, only has to play with him.

PROGRAM #208, With Guests Sergio and Odair Assad (Original broadcast date: January 17, 1989.)





The Assad Brothers


Piazzolla: "Esco Laso" [4:00]
Gismonti: "Frevo"[4:00]
"Basao Malandrol" [4:30] Villa-Lobos:"Choros #5" [3:30]
S. Assad: "Recife dos Corais" [2:00]
"Cancao" [4:00]
Pascoal: "Bebe" [2:00]
Piazzolla: "Tango Suite" [12:00]
Debussy: "Golliwog's Cakewalk" [2:30]

There are several CDs available by the Assad brothers, including “Latin American Music for 2 Guitars” (Nonesuch 79116) and “Alma Brasiliera” (Nonesuch 79179), on which some of these pieces appear. *

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