NEC Jazz Orchestra: Music of Hermeto Pascoal

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February 13th, FRI 8:00pm | New England Conservatory Jordan Hall | Huntington Ave & Gainsborough St FREE Admission

This evening, the NEC Jazz Orchestra performs music by Hermeto Pascoal, and will conducted by Jovino Santos Neto.

Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal often makes music with unconventional objects such as teapots, children’s toys, and animals, as well as keyboards, button accordion, melodica, saxophone, guitar, flute, voice, various brass and folkloric instruments. Pascoal is a prolific composer, famous for his project Calendário do Som, in which he composed a song every day for a year so that everyone would have a song for his or her birthday. Pascoal was the member of several bands in the 1950s, including O Mundo Pegando Fogo Trio, Pernambuco do Pandeiro, the Fafá Lemos Band, and the Maestro Copinha Band. Pascoal moved to São Paulo in the 1960s, playing in many different night clubs and bands, including the Som Quatro Band, the Sambrasa Trio, and the Quarteto Nova. In 1969, he travelled to the U.S. and recorded several albums, performing as a composer, arranger, and player. By that time, he had met Miles Davis, and recorded with him two of his own songs, Not Even a Maybe and Little Church, both of which can be found on Davis’s 1971 album Live-Evil. Davis has said that Pascoal was “the most impressive musician in the world.” Today, Hermeto performs with five ensembles: Hermeto and Band, Hermeto Solo, Hermeto Pascoal and Aline Morena, Hermeto and Big Band, and Hermeto and Symphony Orchestra.

Rio de Janeiro born and Seattle based pianist, flutist, and composer Jovino Santos Neto was a member of Hermeto Pascoal’s legendary band from 1977 to 1992, and has been nominated multiple times for Latin Grammy Awards. He leads tonight’s performance of Pascoal’s works in NEC’s Jordan Hall.

On February 11, Neto leads an afternoon masterclass at NEC.

NEC Jazz Orchestra:

Michael Thomas, alto
Logan Strosahl, alto
James Wylie, tenor
Stephanie Wieseler, tenor
Anna Hoffmann, baritone

John Replogle
Andrew Littleford
Ezra Weller
Aguiles Navarro

Chris Gagne
Randy Pingrey
Aaron Hartley
Grant Randall

Rhythm Section:
Malcolm Campbell piano
Julian Maliandi, guitar
Nate Therrien, bass
Paul Geresy, drums

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