Assad Brothers to Perform at UAB

Assad_DuoBrazil meets ‘Bama this fall, when the Assad Brothers take the stage at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The November 13 performance by the classical guitar sibling duo will feature music from a range of genres—from classical and jazz to Latin and fusion.

Sergio and Odair Assad began playing the guitar together at an early age, studying as youths with Andres Segovia-disciple Monina Távora. After making their mark upon the classical guitar world with a major prize at the 1979 Young Artists Competition in Bratislava, the Assads have gone on to win a 2001 Latin Grammy, a Grammy nomination in 2001 for Best Classical Album, and that year Sergio took home a Latin Grammy for his composition “Tahhiyya Li Oussilina.”


When not wowing audiences with their musicianship, the Brussels-based Odair teaches at Ecole Supérieure des Arts, while Sérgio resides in San Francisco, and is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The Washington Post named the Assad Brothers among the best “guitar team[s] in existence.”

The performance is set for 7pm in ASC’s Jemison Concert Hall, 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $49.50. Call 205-975-2787 or visit