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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 40 years and used to rehearse 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   

There have been few musicians to ever reach the stature of Hermeto Pascoal. A true maestro and a  cultural  icon,  he  represents  the  highest  level  of musical evolution; as a multi-instrumentalist, as a  composer, and as an arranger. Once described by Miles Davis as “the most impressive musician in the  world”, there is good reason (beyond his Gandalf-like appearance) why he is known as “O Bruxo” (the  Wizard).    

A  self-taught  musician,  Hermeto  Pascoal ascended  from  his  humble  upcountry  origins  to  an  international acknowledgment still unfair to his musical stature. Developing his ears from an early age  at his grandfather’s blacksmith shop, Pascoal used to pick up pieces of iron and hit them, trying to  create music (not to emulate the harmonics of his father’s eight-bass button accordion, as has been  spread).  This  led  to  an  unusual  approach  to  music,  where  the  tones  themselves  give  a  stronger  conducting motif than chord connection, scales, or modes. His understanding of music as a vital force,  emanating organically from everything in Earth. He has also developed the Sound of the Aura concept,  in which music is developed out of people’s speech, traffic noise, and out of every possible source of  sound. 

His latest album, “Hermeto Pascoal e sua Visão Original do Forró” is his homage to the genre, as well  as showing his talents as a lyricist. 

Hermeto  plays  the  accordion  (including  an  8  bass  accordion)  on  all tracks  and  is  accompanied  by  various  friends and musicians  from Pernambuco, including bass player Itiberê Zwarg, percussionist  Fabio Pascoal,guitarist Heraldo do Monte, and the late saxophonist Vinicius Dorin.

The Everyman
Sun 30th –  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm


– Miles Davis

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27 – 31 OCTober | 11am – 5.00pm | St. Peter’s Church


Our classics playlist is a melting pot of the best in jazz that we have featured at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival over the past 44 years. You will hear Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Mel Torme, Wynton Marsalis, Buddy Rich, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Tony, Allen, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Cleo Laine, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Gerry Mulligan, Stéphane Grappelli, Sonny Rollins, Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Gregory Porter, Billy Cobham and much more