The Storied Career of Hermeto Pascoal 

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A burly albino man with white hair falling to the middle of his back and a beard to match, Hermeto Pascoal is one of the most instantly recognizable musicians in the world. He was born in 1936 in Lagoa da Canoa, a small town in northeastern Brazil, and began playing his father’s accordion as a child. In the mid-’60s, having moved to piano, he formed the short-lived Sambrasa Trio with drummer Airto Moreira and bassist Humberto Clayber. Then he joined another of Moreira’s groups, Trio Novo. The album they recorded as Quarteto Novo brought the traditional music known as baião into the modern era and won awards in Brazil, launching both Pascoal’s and Moreira’s careers in the process.

Since going solo in the early 1970s, Pascoal has been on a lifelong musical journey that has taken him down many paths. His work is rooted in traditional Brazilian music, and even the sounds of nature, but is extremely progressive and often built around complex orchestrations, winding melodies, state-of-the-art studio production, and no-holds-barred improvisation.