Episode #2522

A Brazilian Experiment

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Friday, June 08, 2007

Listen to music by a Brazilian original, the multi-instrumentalist and composer (and eccentric) Hermeto Pascoal, who blurs barriers between jazz, improvisation, folkloric, ethnic, Brazilian music, tone and noise. For this edition of the show we’ll hear two New Sounds Live performances of Pascoal’s music: one by the Manhattan Marimba Quartet and one by the Bang On A Can All-Stars. We’ll also hear other experimental music from Brazil including Uakti, who perform their music on a collection of instruments they designed and built. Plus, guitarist/composers Egberto Gismonti and Caetano Veloso mix socio-political messages into their instrumental and vocal works respectively.

PROGRAM #2522, New Music From Brazil (First aired on Wed., 3/15/06)






I Ching

The Turning Point [7:00]

Point #442037, out of print, but try or E-bay



Arrumacao [5:30]

Point #454056

Manhattan Marimba Quartet & John Arrucci

NS Live, Merkin Hall, 10/88

Hermeto Pascoal: Suite North South East West [5:00]
Sao Jorge [3:30]

Not commercially available.

Bang on a Can All-Stars

Live Merkin Hall, 2/06

Hermeto Pascoal: Arupua [8:00]

Not commercially available.

Caetano Veloso


O Estrangeiro [6:00]

Nonesuch #60898 **

Egberto Gismonti

Danças Dos Escravos

Dança Dos Escravos, excerpt [10:00]

ECM #1387

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Comments [1]

K L Mallow from Hoboken

Thanks so much for all your wonderful shows, but especially this one.
I've been an Hermeto Pascoal devotee for 30 yrs., having first seen him in '77, w/Airto Moreira & Flora Purim. In that performance, he played a pig, percussively. (PETA probably would have skewered him, but it was wonderful & I'm sure he spoiled the pig like a beloved puppy, both before & after).
From '77-'79, as a college radio station DJ, I did a weekly Brazilian music show, w/Hermeto, almost always, the centerpiece. You may know (since you're so encyclopedic), he was a mentor to Cannonball Adderley, as well as appearing on Miles Davis' Live Evil (w/Airto), so he's just been everywhere, wonderfully & inspirationally, for so very long.
In the '90's, I saw him w/Egberto Gismonti (also brilliant), when he played a teapot, sort of like a digeridoo (sp.?). His younger brother, I believe, is also quite the eccentric musician, both of them Albinos and quasi-hermits (don't know Portuguese, but does that go along w/"Hermeto"?), in the mtns. of N. Brazil. Hermeto must be quite senior now, but obviously still going strong. One of the most amazingly expansive & prolific musicians, ever, in my opinion. Again, thank you for giving him this tribute!

Jun. 08 2007 11:59 PM

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