Shedd regulars will remember 3 absolutely brilliant evenings of Brazilian guitar over the past couple of years: Sergio & Odair Assad (November 2004), Romero Lubambo (who appeared here in April 2006 with Luciana Souza), and Badi Assad (October 2006). All 3 return together to The Shedd February 9th joined by guitarist-pecussionist-composer and ritmos brasilieros master Celso Machado for an extraordinary evening of Brazilian guitar. An exhilarating musical journey from the pulsating city of Rio de Janeiro to the jungles of the Amazon and back again.
"The Assad Brothers are the best two-guitar team in existence, maybe in history" -- The Washington Post
"Guitarist Romero Lubambo may be the best practitioner of his craft in the world today... The guitarist's facility, creativity and energy are in a class all their own. He's achieved a degree of fluency in both jazz and Brazilian idioms that's likely the envy of most serious guitarists in both cultures." -- Jazziz
"Words on the page seem inadequate to describe the impact of Badi Assad's performance. Many people use these types of techniques, but I have never seen anyone manage to create the sounds and texture that she was able to generate through them. Throughout the concert she would take the simple and commonplace and make it miraculous." -- Blogcritics Magazine, 2005
"Mr. Machado's set was inventive and unbuttoned... The highlight was his finale, 'Rainforest', in which he drummed on his body (and persuaded the audience to do the same) and used rattles, whistles, electronic effects and an uncanny ability to imitate birds and animals, all in the service of evoking the supremely musical chaos of nature." -- The New York Times