Hermeto Pascoal

9 July 2016 / 19:30
Composer, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist and improviser Hermeto Pascoal is a towering figure in Brazilian music. For this concert, he performs with his all-star British ensemble led by Noel Langley in celebration of his 80th birthday year (see the full line-up below).

With an enormous musical imagination, Pascoal has no sense of musical barriers. His genre-hopping performances see him embrace orchestral music, Latin jazz, Brazilian music, rock and free improvisation – often within the same piece. And he changes instruments just as much, jumping between keyboard, accordion and saxophone. But his eccentric musicianship doesn’t limit him to conventional instruments – previous performances have seen him make music out of everything from a kettle, pints of beer and even a live pig.

For this show, his free-wheeling touring band is augmented by a specially assembled big band that brings together successive generations from the UK’s Jazz scene. Hermeto's richly textured, rhythmically charged music bounces between both ensembles, fired up by virtuoso soloists and the maestro's joyful interventions on a range of instruments - some less conventional than others.

‘One of the most important musicians on the planet’ Miles Davis

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Henry Lowther trumpet
Chris Batchelor trumpet
George Hogg trumpet
Tom Rees-Roberts trumpet
Becca Toft trumpet
Pete Beachill trombone
Richard Wigley trombone
Sarah Williams trombone
Richard Henry trombone
Owen Dawson trombone
Phil Todd saxophone
Jason Yarde saxophone
Tori Freestone saxophone
Chris Biscoe saxophone
Julian Siegel saxophone
Stuart Hall guitar, violin
Naadia Sheriff piano
Michael Mondesir bass
Mark Mondesir drums
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Produced by the Barbican in association with Serious

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