Hermeto Pascoal

Genres: Jazz
Tags: jazz experimental brazilian fusion brasil avant-garde mpb instrumental Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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22 June 1936, Lagoa da Canoa, Arapiraca, Alagoas, Brazil. Pascoal’s ability to play any instrument is amazing, regardless of whether it is actually supposed to make music or not. Aside from his mastery of keyboards, saxophone, flute, percussion, guitar, he has also been known to play tea kettle, wooden shoes and the occasional squealing piglet, not to mention his own flowing white beard. His wildly creative music, an unclassifiable mix of jazz, twentieth-century composition, musique concrète and most of the history of Brazilian music, has eluded commercial success, but for adventurous ears, there is nothing like it. Pascoal started on flute and accordion as a child, and by his early teens he was playing professionally on the radio with his brother. During the early 60s he performed with various bossa nova groups and also began several important musical partnerships, in particular with the accordionist Sivuca and the percussionist Airto Moreira.

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