Sergio and Odair Assad Play Piazzolla

Chopin once said that “nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two”, and he never even heard the Sergio and Odair Assad guitar duo. Someone who did hear them play was Astor Piazzolla, who immediately upon hearing Sergio’s arrangement of his “Suite Troileana” set out to compose and dedicate them the “Tango Suite” that opens this Latin Grammy winning album.
However, what makes this recording truly special is the way the two guitars merge with former member of Piazzolla’s sextet violinist Fenando Suarez Paz, bandoneonist Marcelo Nisinman, and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. What ensues is the true soul of Piazzolla, making the listener doubt if he in fact was present during the recording sessions. For me, it has been a tremendous honor to study and then work together with Sergio Assad, commissioning pieces from him and most recently creating a commission group for his first Guitar Concerto, which premiered exactly a year ago in the USA and Spain.”

The music of Piazzolla has transcended genres, geographies and time, seducing artists from around the globe for its assertiveness, passion and melancholy. Hello Stage members JP Jofre continues the bandoneon tradition in the USA, while the Latin Rediscovery Ensemble and Julian Rowlands keep the Piazzolla spirit alive in the UK. Further, the Assads have been the main contributors of the guitar duo as an established ensemble formation, and one of the main torchbearers of this is the also Brazilian Duo Siqueira Lima right here on HELLO STAGE.

Alvaro Mendizabal has undergraduate degrees in entrepreneurship, music, and information systems from the University of Arizona, where he worked with Sergio and Odair Assad. After working in IMG Artists in the Hannover and New York offices, he recently completed his MBA at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and is set to start a career in consulting for Accenture in San Francisco.

Author: Alvaro Mendizabal
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