Hermeto Pascoal

Hermeto Pascoal

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Hermeto Pascoal is a noted Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist. His compositions appear on albums by Miles Davis and other jazz heavyweights. Pascoal’s sextet is an extra-sensory musical unit that has been with him for over 10 years and rehearses daily. The music runs from the lyrical and romantic to raucous, from folkloric to his futuristic angular melodies, often creating a dense barrage of sound. The band sometimes uses synthesizers and saxophones as well as a battery of invented instruments—hub caps, teapots, and bowls of rocks—guided by Hermeto’s wizardry and benevolent spirit.


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Areas of Representation: Worldwide

Biography

Hermeto Pascoal was born June 22, 1936 in Olho d’Agua das Flores in Alagoas, the Brazilian Northeast. He was a child musical prodigy : he started with the flute and at the age of eight he was already playing sanfona, a button accordeon. By eleven he was performing at dances and forrós in the region around Arapiraca. When he was fourteen, his family moved to Recife, and Hermeto began to earn money on radio programs there, playing with a group with his brother, Jose Neto. By the end of the 1950s he moved once again, to the south of the country. His voracious musical appetite was already careening, as Hermeto began learning to play almost any instrument he came across: piano, bass, reeds, everything. Like every musician of the era, he formed bossa nova groups in the early ’60s, playing with artists who today have well respected careers, among them Airto Moreira, Heraldo do Monte and Sivuca (with whom he had an accordeon trio called ‘O Mundo em Chamas’ (World on Fire)). In 1964, he formed the Sambrasa Trio with Airto Moreira and bassist Humberto Clayber. “When I met him, he was subbing for other accordionists, and we started getting him work” reported Moreira. We would often stay up all night talking about music”.Later, Airto was in a band called Trio Novo with guitarists Heraldo do Monte and Theo de Barros; Hermeto joined them and the group changed its name to Quarteto Novo. The quartet dedicated itself to progressive re-invention of northeastern song styles. “We played baião, xaxado, other northeastern Brazilian rhythms, but the arrangements were very jazzy, in 4/4 time with modern harmonies”. Unfortunately, the band cut just one album – 1967’s Quarteto Novo. This group exerted such a decisive influence upon Brazilian instrumental music in the sixties that its effect can still be felt today.

In 1970 Airto invited Hermeto to the United States to record an album. Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Pearson and Flora Purim also sent him plane tickets. Hermeto’s lack of English caused him problems. But as he says, the only thing you have to know how to say in the United States is, “Where is my money?” He also recorded with the great Miles Davis, and contributed two songs to the trumpeters acclaimed 1970 album “Live Evil”: Igrejinha (Little Church) and “Nem Um Talvez” (Not even a maybe).

While in North America, the multi-instrumentalist drew raves both for his extraordinary improvisational abilities in concert and for his idiosyncratic and original compositions. His material was recorded by such diverse artists as Gil Evans and the Berlin Symphony.

Hermeto’s songs explored choro, frevo, maxixe, baião, jazz and many other forms, mixing them freely and in unusual combinations. Individual songs often had multiple rhythms.

He returned to Brazil in 1973, recorded A Musica Livre De Hermeto Paschoal, before heading back north to the United States in 1976 to record Slave’s Mass. That album featured one of Hermeto’s most unusual instruments – piglets, whose little grunts he incorporated into the music – along with the human talents of Airto, Flora Purim, Laudir de Oliveira, Raul de Souza, David Amaro, Ron Carter, and Alphonso Johnson. Lyle Mays has said: “Hermeto is worth listening to just for his wild creativity. His music tends to show me the possibilities that I should try to open myself up to explore. He has real devotion to the making of music and it comes across – let’s go for it, let’s do everything we can!” His records are indeed free-wheeling and uninhibited, and they usually feature the backing of Pernambuco (percussion), Jovino Santos Neto (keyboards and flutes), Marcio Bahia (drums), Carlos Malta (flutes, saxophones), and Itibere Zwarg (bass), all very talented musicians.

From 1983 to 1989 he recorded for a small, audiophile label called Som Da Gente, specialized in instrumental music. In 1990’s he only released 2 studio albums: “Festa dos Deuses” in 1992 and “Eu e Eles” in 1999. In the latter he played all instruments himself, and there is dozens of them.

Source: The Billboard Book Of Brazilian Music by Chris McGowan & Ricardo Pessanha.

 

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2017
Apr 7, 2017 Venue Info
San Francisco, CA USA Miner Auditorium
7:30 PM  
Apr 5, 2017 Savannah Music Festival Venue Info
Savannah, GA USA Lucas Theatre for the Arts
8:50PM  
Jan 8, 2017 Venue Info
Tokyo, JAPAN WWW X
Time TBD  
Jan 7, 2017 Venue Info
Tokyo, JAPAN WWW X
Time TBD  
2016
Jul 16, 2016 Venue Info
Madrid, SPAIN Teatro Circo Price
Time TBD  
Jul 14, 2016 Canary Islands Jazz Festival  
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, SPAIN Teatro Leal
9:30 PM  
Jul 13, 2016 Canary Islands Jazz Festival  
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, SPAIN Teatro Leal
9:30 PM  
Jul 12, 2016  
Valladolid, Valladolid SPAIN Patio de San Benito
10:00PM  
Jul 10, 2016  
Rudolstadt, GERMANY Konzerbuhne Heinepark
7:30PM  
Jul 9, 2016 Venue Info
London, UK Barbican Center
7:30PM  
Jul 7, 2016 Venue Info
Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS LantarenVenster
8:30PM  
Jul 6, 2016 Valencia Jazz Festival Venue Info
Valencia, SPAIN Palau de la Musica - Sala Iturbi
Time TBD  
Jul 5, 2016  
Barcelona, SPAIN Jamboree Jazz Club
Time TBD  
Jul 3, 2016 Getxo Jazz Festival Venue Info
Vizcaya, Getxo SPAIN Plaza Biotz Alai de Getxo
10:00PM  
2015
Nov 7, 2015  
Sao Paulo, SP BRASIL Auditorio Ibirapuera
 
Nov 6, 2015  
Rio de Janeiro, RJ BRASIL Espaco BNDES
 
Nov 1, 2015  
Rio de Janeiro, RJ BRASIL Teatro
 
Sep 19, 2015 Festival Choro Jazz Cancelled
Barra Grande, Piaui BRASIL Ar Livre
 
Jul 31, 2015  
Petropolis, RJ BRASIL Teatro
7:30PM  
Jul 17, 2015 Venue Info
Berlin, GERMANY Radialsystem V
10:00 PM  
Jul 15, 2015 Venue Info
Ludwigsburg, GERMANY Scala Ludwigsburg
8:00 PM  
Jul 12, 2015  
Sao Paulo, SP BRASIL Centro Cultural Sao Paulo
Time TBD  
Jul 11, 2015  
Sao Paulo, SP BRASIL Sala Olido
Time TBD  
Apr 11, 2015 Venue Info
Godoy Cruz, Mendoza ARGENTINA Cine Plaza
Time TBD  
Jan 3, 2015  
Salvador, BA BRASIL Farol da Barra
8:45PM  
2014
Dec 12, 2014  
Itajuba, MG BRASIL Centro de Convivencia
8:30PM  
Nov 22, 2014 Venue Info
Pelotas, RS BRASIL Rua do Jazz
22:00hrs  
Nov 22, 2014 Venue Info
Pelotas, RS BRASIL Rua do Jazz
22:00hrs  
Oct 26, 2014  
Maringa, PR BRASIL Teatro Calil Haddad
20:30  
Oct 13, 2014 Venue Info
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires ARGENTINA Tecnopolis
 
Oct 12, 2014 Porto Alegre Jazz Festival Venue Info
Porto Alegre, RS BRASIL Centro de Eventos
11:00PM  
Sep 24, 2014 Venue Info
Florianopolis, SC BRASIL CIC - Centro Integrado de Cultura
 
Sep 14, 2014  
Campinas, SP BRASIL Concha Acustica do Taquaral
16:00  
Sep 6, 2014  
Salvador, BA BRASIL Salao Nobre
 
Sep 5, 2014  
Salvador, BA BRASIL Salao Nobre
 
Sep 4, 2014  
Salvador, BA BRASIL Salao Nobre
 
Sep 3, 2014  
Salvador, BA BRASIL Salao Nobre
 
Sep 2, 2014  
Salvador, BA BRASIL Salao Nobre
 
Aug 3, 2014  
Brasilia, DF BRASIL Teatro da Caixa
20:00  
Aug 2, 2014  
Brasilia, DF BRASIL Teatro da Caixa
20:00  
Aug 1, 2014  
Brasilia, DF BRASIL Teatro da Caixa
20:00  
Jun 22, 2014  
Rio de Janeiro, RJ BRASIL Teatro Arena
 
Jun 21, 2014  
Rio de Janeiro, RJ BRASIL Teatro Arena
 
May 11, 2014  
Jundiai, Brasil SESC Jundiai
 
May 10, 2014  
Americana, SP Brasil SESC Americana
 
May 9, 2014  
Mogi Mirim, SP Brasil SESC Mogi Mirim
 
May 7, 2014  
Sao Paulo, SP Brasil SESC Pinheiros
 
May 6, 2014  
Sao Paulo, SP Brasil SESC Pinheiros
 
May 4, 2014  
Sao Caetano, Brasil SESC Sao Caetano
 
May 3, 2014  
Maua, Brasil SESC Maua
 
May 2, 2014  
Guarulhos, SP Brasil SESC Guarulhos
 
Apr 27, 2014  
Votorantim, Brasil SESC Votorantim
 
Apr 26, 2014  
Itu, Brasil SESC Itu
 
Apr 25, 2014  
Sao Roque, Brasil SESC Sao Roque
 
Apr 11, 2014 Venue Info
Curitiba, PR BRASIL Teatro Do SESC
 
Mar 30, 2014 Venue Info
Recife, Brasil CAIXA Cultural Recife
27,28,29 at 9 PM | 30 at 7 PM  
Mar 29, 2014 Venue Info
Recife, Brasil CAIXA Cultural Recife
27,28,29 at 9 PM | 30 at 7 PM  
Mar 28, 2014 Venue Info
Recife, Brasil CAIXA Cultural Recife
27,28,29 at 9 PM | 30 at 7 PM  
Mar 27, 2014 Venue Info
Recife, Brasil CAIXA Cultural Recife
27,28,29 at 9 PM | 30 at 7 PM  
Mar 20, 2014  
Vila Mariana, SP Brasil SESC - Vila Mariana
9 PM  
Mar 18, 2014  
Moema, Sao Paulo Brasil Bourbon Street Music Club
9:30 PM  
2013
Dec 22, 2013 Venue Info
Agua Branca, Sao Paulo, SP Brasil SESC Pompeia
7:00 PM  
Dec 21, 2013 Venue Info
Agua Branca, Sao Paulo, SP Brasil SESC Pompeia
9:00 PM  
Jul 29, 2013 Venue Info
Barcelona, ES Sala Apolo
9:30PM  
Jul 28, 2013 Glatt & Verkerht Festival Venue Info
Krems, Glatt & Verkerht Winzer Krems
9:00PM  
Jul 26, 2013 Vannes Jazz Festival Venue Info
Vannes, FRANCE Chateau de Limure
10:30pm  
Jul 22, 2013  
Paris, France New Morning
9:00PM  
Jul 20, 2013 Festival Musicas do Mundo Venue Info
Sines, Alentejo Portugal FMM Sines
 
Jul 19, 2013 Venue Info
Soho London, UK Ronnie Scott's
 
Jul 18, 2013 Venue Info
Soho London, UK Ronnie Scott's
 
Jul 17, 2013 Venue Info
Soho London, UK Ronnie Scott's
 
Jul 14, 2013 Venue Info
Rotterdam, Netherlands North Sea Jazz Festival Ahoy Rotterdam
 
Jul 13, 2013 Venue Info
Trencin, Slovakia Pahoda Festival
 
Mar 24, 2013 Venue Info
Rimini, ITALY Teatro degli Atti
9:00PM  
Mar 23, 2013 Bergamo Jazz Festival Venue Info
Bergamo, ITALY Teatro Donizetti
10:30PM  
Mar 21, 2013 Venue Info
ROME, ITALY Auditorium Parco della Musica
9:00PM  
Mar 19, 2013  
Zurich, SWITZERLAND Moods
8:00PM  
Mar 18, 2013 Venue Info
Lugano, SWITZERLAND Teatro Cittadella
8:30PM  
2012
Sep 29, 2012 Drammen Sacred Festival  
Drammen, NORWAY Union Scene
7:00PM  
Sep 26, 2012 Drammen Sacred Festival  
Drammen, NORWAY Union Scene
8:00PM  
Jul 29, 2012  
Belo Horizonte, MG BRASIL Savassi Festival
 
Jul 7, 2012  
Tatui, CP BRASIL Conservatorio de Tatui
 
Jul 4, 2012  
Brasilia, DF BRASIL Teatro Nacional de Brasilia
 
Jul 3, 2012  
Brasilia, DF BRASIL Teatro Nacional de Brasilia
 
Jun 15, 2012 Santos Jazz Festival  
Santos, SP BRASIL Teatro Guarany
 
Jun 14, 2012 Santos Jazz Festival  
Santos, SP BRASIL Teatro Coliseu
9:00PM  
May 17, 2012  
Coutances, FRANCE Salle Marcel Helie
6:30PM  

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Press

A virtuoso pianist, accordionist and flautist, Pascoal has long preferred rather more unconventional ways of producing sounds and songs: napkins, carpets, chairs, pints of beer, body parts, kitchen utensils, animals even. A pig, famously, features on a 1977 album. — THE GUARDIAN


Pascoal first gained international recognition through his performance on Miles Davis’s Live-Evil recording in the early 1970s, with Davis later calling him ‘the most impressive musician in the world’. — BBC


Pascoal, showman and shaman, revels in this this kind of set-up. He wanders around the stage, examining his players, or polishing the drummer’s bald head. He picks up a teapot fitted with a mouthpiece and half-filled with water; he gurgles a few notes and then pours the contents onto his own head. He blows a kazoo and then takes a solo on an actual cow horn, before stabbing out a few flinty chords on the keyboard. — JAZZ JOURNAL

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