Episode #2522

A Brazilian Experiment

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

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

Comments [4]

pedro from Florianopolis, Brazil

so many rhythms together! what a beautiful selection.

Jul. 24 2008 12:34 PM
K.L. Mallow from Hoboken, NJ

Thanks for featuring the amazing Hermeto Pascoal. Missed the first bit of the show, but you may know he was a mentor to Cannonball Adderley. And was also on Miles Davis's Live Evil. I was privileged to see him in the mid-'70's with Airto & Flora & then again in the '90's when he played a NYC gig with Egberto Gismonti. At that one, he played a teapot---as both a wind instrument & percussively. He doesn't seem to tour much, esp. here. And I imagine he must be in his '70's now. Combined with the probable health issues associated w/being albino (as is his brother, who's also a musician) & his historical tendency to be somewhat reclusive, we're lucky if he plays in NYC. He's at the top of my musical pantheon!

Mar. 03 2008 12:03 AM
lisa from brooklyn, ny

Wonderful show! Such a variety of sound, so interesting to listen to, many beautiful passages...

Mar. 02 2008 11:58 PM
Bill from Bklyn

That's a lot of cocaphony for 12 am sunday

Mar. 02 2008 11:39 PM

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