Nonesuch Releases Guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad’s

Sérgio and Odair Assad

Duo tours the United States in October and again in early 2008, as part of Brazilian Guitar Festival Tour

"A kind of wizardry lies within the playing of Sérgio and Odair Assad...they produce a supple, flawlessly unified sound." -The New York Times


For their seventh Nonesuch album, Jardim Abandonado (Abandoned Garden), the guitar-playing duo of Sergio and Odair Assad offer a collection of tracks culled from the duo's performance repertoire of the last decade. The album will be released September 17, 2007.

The duo will tour the U.S. this fall, and also play a series of dates with their sister Badi Assad, guitar/vocals; Romero Lubambo, acoustic jazz guitar; and Celso Machado, percussion/vocals as part of the Brazilian Guitar Festival (complete itinerary on reverse).

The Assad brothers, who've played together for more than 40 years, have been acclaimed by critics around the world for the extraordinary range of their repertoire, for Sergio's innovative arrangements and transcriptions, and for the unique nature of the brothers' musical interplay. As the Los Angels Times once put it, their work together is "so precise, so perfectly synchronized that it reaches far beyond musical partnership into a kind of creative symbiosis." The Washington Post called the Assads "the best two-guitar team in existence, maybe even in history."

The title track comes from a piece by fellow Brazilian native Antonio Carlos Jobim. He is something of a focus or a muse here: the Assads include three more from his catalogue on Jardim Abandonado. They also perform work from Sergio himself; his daughter-the composer, pianist and vocalist Clarice Assad; and do a version of Nonesuch label-mate Adam Guettel's "Octet," from his Tony Award-Winning The Light in the Piazza. They also perform transcriptions of works by early 20th century French composer Darius Milhaud (excerpts from his "Scaramouche," originally written for saxophone, orchestra and piano) and Claude Debussy (two pieces from his piano-based "Suite Bergamasque").

The Assads have cultivated an impressive following among classical music, jazz and world music listeners through such Nonesuch releases as the Latin Grammy Award-Winning Sérgio and Odair Assad Play Piazzolla (2001), which includes the "Tango Suite" that Astor Piazzolla composed especially for the Assads, and Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg, Sergio & Odair Assad (2000), in which the guitarists join violinist Sonnenberg to explore the musical tradition of the Gypsies. (The trio continues to perform concerts together.) They also have collaborated on stage and on record with cellist Yo-Yo-Ma, and worked with artists such as soprano Dawn Upshaw and violinist Gidon Kremer.

For more information, visit or contact:

Melissa Cusick, Nonesuch Records, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104

212.707.2912 (phone), 212.707.3205 (fax),


Sérgio and Odair U. S. Tour


October 12, 2007: Mount Kisco, NY

October 13, 2007: New York, NY

October 14, 2007: Bethesda, MD

October 15, 2007: Washington, DC

October 17, 2007: Milwaukee, WI

October 19, 2007: Sedona, AZ

October 21, 2007: El Paso, TX

October 23, 2007: Seattle, WA

October 24, 2007: Seattle, WA

Brazilian Guitar Festival Tour

January 25, 2008: Boston, MA

January 27, 2008: New York, NY

January 31, 2008: Chicago, IL

February 1, 2008: Ann Arbor, MI

February 5, 2008: Conway, AR

February 7, 2008: Berkeley, CA

February 8, 2008: Chico, CA

February 9, 2008: Eugene, OR

February 11, 2008: Costa Mesa, CA