The 68-year-old, born in the Brazilian state of Alagoas, is a self-taught musician. In addition to brass and wood instruments, he plays accordion, flute, piano, and percussion instruments of his own invention.
In 1964, in Sê£o Paolo, Pascoal started performing with Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira's Sambrasa Trio; Moreira went on to join the Miles Davis group, and Davis also invited Pascoal to come along. Pascoal declined, but later helped to record two of his compositions‹"Igrejinha" and "Nem um talvez"‹for Davis's album Live Evil. (Davis, due to what Pascoal insists is a record company error, is given publishing credit for both.)
Pascoal's last U.S. tour was in 2000. Tonight and tomorrow he performs with Cyro Baptista's Beat the Donkey Special Edition. Pascoal's current tour includes stops in Chicago (October 31), Seattle (November 2), San Francisco (November 3), and Los Angeles (November 4).