The Wizard

09/02/2018WATCH: Brazilian Icon Hermeto Pascoal Perform a Free-Spirited Live-Set in São Paulo

In his native Brazil the multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Hermeto Pascoal is no short of a cultural icon and known as 'o bruxo', aka the wizard. UK-based record label Far Out Recordings recently released a lost studio session from 1976, which was one of our favourites of 2017 and is now a staple of our private record collection.

That being said, early last year, Boiler Room uploaded a 50-minute live set of Hermeto Pascoal and his group performing live at Dekmantel São Paulo in front of a sunbathed crowd of partly enthusiastic onlookers. His band features Jota P on winds, Andre Marques on piano, Itiberê Zwarg on bass, Ajurinã Zwarg on drums and Hermeto's son Fabio Pascoal on percussion.

As for the music, well, if you like Brazilian jazz, free improvisation, intricate arrangements and masterful musicianship, then this should be your cup of tea. Watch the full show below.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom