Tudo É Som: Brazil, Jazz and the Genius of Hermeto Pascoal

13 January 2016

"...the beautiful voice and unique talent of Marie Séférian"

Ronan Guilfoyle on Marie Séférian


"An impressive demonstration of the straight-ahead bop piano lineage"

The Irish Times on Phil Ware


Music Network is delighted to co-present the third instalment of the Phil Ware Concert Series as part of an artist residency in partnership with Triskel Christchurch and supported by Cork City Council.  An eight-strong group of musicians from Ireland, Venezuela, Germany and the UK display their love of the lilting melodies and driving beats of Brazil in a concert showcasing compositions by the incredible Hermeto Pascoal, as well as classics from Rio and beyond on Thursday 28 January 8pm Triskel Christchurch, Tickets €15/12 Tel 021 427 2022/ www.triskelartscentre.ie.

Phil Ware is a senior jazz musician on the Irish scene has curator of the concert the concert series. 'I'm delighted that the residency has given me the opportunity to bring together musicians from Ireland, Germany, Venezuela and the UK to perform this music, which I've loved for many years,” he says. “We'll be playing some well-loved classics of bossa nova and samba, but the focus is of course on Hermeto's compositions. That said, I don't think we'll have quite the room on stage for pigs and chickens, no matter how musically adept. Maybe next time.'

Since bossa nova emerged from Rio de Janeiro in the late 1950s, the crossover between jazz and music from Brazil has proved fertile ground for both composers and improvisers. Amongst jazz audiences and casual listeners alike, Brazilian pioneers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, Sérgio Mendes, Luiz Bonfa and Marcos Valle found worldwide popularity. But one name perhaps less familiar is a man once described by Miles Davis as 'the most impressive musician in the world': Hermeto Pascoal.

A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and composer, Pascoal's body of work fuses jazz conceptions and harmony with rhythms and styles from all over this musically rich and diverse country. Well known for his mantra 'tudo é som' – 'all is sound' – he has often attracted attention for adding unlikely elements to his instrumental arsenal: water-filled teapots, kitchen utensils and even live animals have all featured on his recordings. Delightful as these idiosyncrasies may be, they are only one facet of this truly remarkable musician whose career has produced over sixty albums, spans six decades and is driven by a highly independent, fiercely musical intelligence.

Initiated by Music Network, and developed in partnership with Triskel Christchurch and supported by Cork City Council, Phil Ware’s residency includes a 5-date concert programme with Irish and international musicians of renown, as well as a series of outreach initiatives and musician mentorships involving a selected group of students from CIT Cork School of Music and tutors from Music Generation Cork City. More details at musicnetwork.ie/concerts.

The Irish Examiner is the official print media partner to the Music Network Artist Residency.

Details here.