The Hermeto Pascoal Series by Ohio Percussion features music by the legendary Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist, arranged for percussion ensemble by Roger Braun. These arrangements are distributed with permission from Hermeto Pascoal, and 50% of all sales go directly to the composer. The pieces are arranged for up to ten players, with options for fewer players. Typical instrumentation includes two vibraphones, two marimbas, bass (playable on acoustic/electric bass, marimba, or Mallet KAT) additional pitched percussion (bells, xylophone, or steel pan) drum set, and percussion. Some pieces feature opportunities for improvised solos over chord changes, though suggested solos are also provided.
Aquela Coisa (That Thing) appeared on the album Lagoa da Canoa Município de Arapiraca released in 1984 by Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo. This exhilarating samba has a twenty-six measure opening section followed by an fourteen measure interlude and a solo section with a different form and changes. According to Jovino Santos Neto, pianist in the Grupo, “the piece became a staple item in the Grupo’s concerts” and was recorded “on a late-night session following an intense performance in São Paulo.”
Ohio University Percussion Ensemble- Aquela Coisa Opening
Hermeto Pascoal- Original Recording