Voted one of the best guitarists in the world by Guitar Player Magazine, Takamine player Badi Assad has worked with Bobby McFerrin, Yo Yo Ma, John McLaughlin, and percussionist Jamey Haddad, among many others. She'll be performing live at Mendocino Music Festival July 14th with Alex de Grassi and Grammy award winner Andrew York, and the Rockport Music Festival July 17th with Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo.
On her latest album, Hatched, Assad’s skills crack open the unexpectedly lyrical quality and deep sentiments of pop songs by Lorde, Hozier, Mumford & Sons, and Skrillex, among others. “These songs surprised me, with their depth, and with the depth of engagement they inspired in young listeners,” Assad recounts. “There is so much shallow music, it seems sometimes, and life has been made so shallow everywhere. The younger people are encouraged to live on the surface, and no one has time to go any deeper. Yet if our souls are shallow, where will we be? Some of these songs deal with this very question, and it made me see them in a whole new light.”
Badi will likely be seen with her Takamine TH5C Hirade concert classic, a guitar designed by Takamine's master luthier Mass Hirade and built by hand in our Pro Series facility in Japan. The TH5C features a solid cedar top for warmth and broad dynamic range and a solid rosewood back for excellent projection. It includes Takamine's proprietary CTP-3 Cool Tube™ preamp system, with low-voltage tube tone, three band EQ with semi-parametric midrange, onboard chromatic tuner and more.
For tickets and more information, visit Badi Assad's site.