Hermeto Pascoal


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.

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