Videos made in isolation by MCM staff, students and special guests, as part of the Guitar Program at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at The University of Melbourne.

The Guitar Perspectives Online Celebration features 40 videos to be released over 7 days, showcasing the breadth and diversity of the MCM guitar program. Staff, students, alumni and special guests have recorded videos from home to share via the curated playlist on the Guitar Perspectives YouTube channel from 24 – 30 August. Music has been contributed from all levels of our program from first year students to PhD researchers.

The theme is music made in isolation and most of the videos have been created at home. The means of recording  ranges from the simplest iPhone through to semi-professional home studios.

Two international guests who were scheduled to perform and teach at the MCM in August 2020, Marco Pereira and Badi Assad, have provided wonderful videos to the online celebration.


Ponta de Areia and. Asa Branca / Ai que saudade docê, arranged and performed by Badi Assad (Brazil)

A special performance from Badi Assad to begin the Guitar Perspectives Online Celebration!

1. Ponta de Areia - Milton Nascimento and Fernando Brant

2. Asa Branca / Ai que saudade docê - Luiz Gonzaga and Humberto Teixeira / Vital Farias

The inspirational Badi Assad was due to perform at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in August 2020 as part of an Australian tour that would have included the Adelaide Guitar Festival. From lockdown in Brazil she sent this beautiful video for inclusion in our online celebration.


Da cor do pecado (The Colour of Sin) composed by Bororó, arranged and performed by Marco Pereira (Brazil)

To conclude the Guitar Perspectives Online Celebration 2020, the Brazilian song "Da cor do pecado" composed by Bororó, arranged and performed by Marco Pereira. Marco is a one of the finest guitarists and composers of his generation. Currently, he a professor in the Composition Departament at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

His compositions have been published by Éditions Lemoine - Paris, France - and GSP (Guitar Solo Publications) - San Francisco, CA - USA, Editora Musimed (Brasília - Brazil) and Editora Garbolights (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). His works have been played and recorded by important guitarists all around the world.