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Viva Hermeto! 80th Birthday Concert / New School Brazilian Jazz Ensemble
Hermeto Pascoal is arguably the most important Brazilian musician-composer since the late 1960's. Insisting that his music is "universal music" (música universal) rather than Brazilian, his unparalleled genius and prolific output is a continual inspiration to musicians around the world of all stylistic persuasions.
Richard Boukas has studied, transcribed, performed and recorded works by Pascoal since the 1970's. His acclaimed duo collaboration with Pascoal's former pianist-composer Jovino Santos Neto (CD Balaio, 1998-2005) showcased Hermeto's works alongside their own.
Boukas founded the New School Brazilian Jazz Ensemble in New York City in 1995. The group's repertoire always gravitated towards Pascoal and Jovino, offering unprecedented technical and artistic challenges to his talented young musicians.
To celebrate the 80th birthday of the master, Boukas embarked on an ambitious concert project, Viva Hermeto! The majority of the repertoire dates from a 2006 collection as the composer was turning seventy. Other compositions include those by Jovino, longtime Pascoal bassist-composer Itiberê Zwarg and Boukas. This page is dedicated to that project.
Boukas selected a rich array of pieces, each showing a different facet of the composer. Starting with only a basic lead sheet of melody and chord changes (there are no written details about style or tempo), he surmised the genre, created introductions, codas and improvisational sections whose harmonies are distilled from the composition. The result is a fresh collection of Pascoal gems which hopefully will become classics alongside his better-known works.
For a comprehensive Boukas lecture on Pascoal's music, visit THE MUSIC OF HERMETO PASCOAL.
BRAZILIAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE MEMBERS
Gabrielle Garo alto saxophone / flute
Will Brown soprano saxophone
Samantha Marshall guest flutist
Arta Jekabsone vocals
Kieran MacAuliffe guitar
David Drake piano
Jonathan Livnate bass
David Jiménez drums
Richard Boukas vocals, director-arranger
Viva Hermeto! Complete Concert Audio
The debut concert of Viva Hermeto! was captured in an informal two-track recording which presents all fourteen pieces. The performance level of the musicians is consistently excellent, borne of their meticulous individual preparation and rigorous group rehearsals. All the more impressive is the fact that none of these student musicians had ever played any form of Brazilian music prior to this ensemble experience.
all photos by Madalena Sousa
courtesy Brazilian Music Foundation