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Musician Hermeto Pascoal, awarded a New England Conservatory Doctorate

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Brazilian Hermeto Pascoal is considered as a legend among musicians and fans for his ability to conjure beautiful sounds out of just about anything — from tea kettles to PVC pipes to traditional woodwinds.

Earlier this year, the New England Conservatory awarded Pascoal an honorary Doctorate of Music degree and in July, the 81-year-old released  No Mundo dos Sons (In the World of Sounds) his first album in 15 years.

Pascoal can come up with a melody at the drop of a hat. He says he’s written 9,000 compositions and most, if not all, were created on the spot, said Betto Arcos in a  National Public Radio Internet blog.

“It’s because I’m 100 percent intuitive,” he says. “I don’t premeditate anything. I feel it. When something happens, I don’t say, ‘Now I’m going to do that.’ No. If I want to write the music, I start creating. Every piece of my music, even the one I write on a piece of paper, I consider an improvisation,” said Pascoal.

Betto Arcos article

Listen Pascoal (No Mundo dos Sonhos)