Hermeto Pascoal and NYJO | Barbican Hall, London
5th May 2022 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Arranger, composer and multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal is the stuff of Brazilian music myth – a vital figure in its history.
Known as ‘O Bruxo’ (the sorcerer), on stage he has an almost spiritual connection to the other musicians, as they blend busy percussion, break-neck bossas and sambas and endlessly modulating melodies – creating a scampering, swirling party atmosphere that includes the whole room, players and audience alike. It’s clear why Miles Davis claimed him to be ‘the most impressive musician in the world.’
Self-taught, he honed his ear for unusual tones in his grandfather’s blacksmith workshop, hearing music as a vital force that rings forth organically from everything on earth. He continues to transform everyday objects into extraordinary compositions, whether that’s through squeaky toys, old teapots or his trusty accordion.
Barbican Hall, London
The Barbican Hall is one of the country’s finest auditoriums with superb technical resources, intelligent design and excellent acoustics.