The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music – Monash University presents its latest CD release through Jazzhead Records:
The Monash Sessions: Hermeto Pascoal
Doug deVries, Robert Burke, Jordan Murray, Paul Williamson, Julien Wilson and Mirko Guerrini and importantly students from the School of Music
Legendary Brazilian musician, Hermeto Pascoal, a man described by Miles Davis as one of the most important musicians on the planet, is featured on this CD with some of the finest musicians in Australia.
In 2012, Hermeto (composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist) and his band were artists in residence at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music who facilitated the recording of the Monash Sessions.
All compositions and arrangements by Hermeto Pascoal.
Horn arrangements by Hermeto Pascoal and Jordan Murray.
When recording the track Bebe, in a spontaneous act Hermeto stood up with a glass of water and started singing into the glass. The resulting improvisation demonstrates how the word ‘innovation’ has long been synonymous with Pascoal, whose talent for making music out of virtually anything has earned him such nicknames as the Sorcerer.
Further information from Hermeto’s visit:
Hermeto Pascoal, a man described by Miles Davis as one of the most important musicians on the planet, is coming to Monash University to record a CD with staff and students.
A Brazilian native, Pascoal will participate in workshops, rehearsals and the recording of the CD, which is to be released by Jazzhead records.
Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music , Robert Burke, said hosting one of Brazil’s most eccentric, prolific and treasured musicians was an outstanding honour.
“Pascoal will be travelling to Australia to play at the Adelaide Festival, but to have him come to Monash to actually record a CD with us is something very special,” Mr Burke said.
“The word ‘innovation’ has long been synonymous with Pascoal, whose talent for making music out of virtually anything has earned him such nicknames such as the Sorcerer.
“I’m incredibly excited to be giving our students and staff the opportunity to work with such a respected musician. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Pascoal often makes music with unconventional objects such as teapots, children’s toys and animals, as well as traditional keyboards, button accordions, melodicas, saxophones, guitars, flutes, voice and various brass and folkloric instruments.
He has spent much of the past four decades touring internationally.
Coming from a humble, rural background in north-eastern Brazil, Pascoal, an albino, had extra incentive to stay inside and practise the flute and the accordion while his parents worked the fields.
“Hermeto’s Pascoal’s musical style is quite complex. So many different styles are presented in his live performances and recordings,” Mr Burke said.
“The result is something that you’ve never heard before. He can make music out of anything, and he’ll be showing us the process of how he does it.”
The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music will be hosting a two-hour workshop and three-hour rehearsal on 11 March before the CD recording on 12 March.
Hermeto Pascoal’s visit was supported by the Monash University Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA).
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