Theo Pascal is one of the most talented and inspired Portuguese musician/composer/producers in the Worldmusic/Jazz area. He has been playing professionally since his 13 years old and has a strong background of tours in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia as a solo artist, performer bass player and musical director.
As a performer bass player and musical director he already played in Festivals worldwide like North Sea Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz festival, Holland Showcase at Womex, Showcase at Jazzahead, Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz festival, Leverkusener JazzTage, S. Francisco Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center USA, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Barbican UK, Several Festivals in Cape Verde, Mozambique, Namíbia- "Warehouse Theatre", South Africa, Zimbabwe - International Festival HIFA in Harare, Angola, Arts Festival in Macau-Asia, Womad Festival in Reading UK, Woman in Spain, Ulsan World Music Fest in South Korea, Toronto Afrofest and Vancouver Island Music fest in Canada,Bray Jazz Festival - Ireland, Bimhuis- Amsterdam, Zuidplein Theatre Rotterdam, Casa da Musica Portugal, etc.
He also recorded several albums as a session player or invited musician with Portuguese and African artists from Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola and Guinea Bissau (Carmen Souza, Sara Tavares, Ildo Lobo, Maria Alice, Eneida Marta, D.Kikas, recorded next to musicians like Bob Mintzer, Dave Weckl and Tom Kennedy, etc) and in doing so he already had the chance to be directed by artists like Lokua Kansa - one of the most talented African singer/musician/producer in the world, working in France. He worked for 8 years since the beginning of Sara Tavares career and was her Musical Director for the MI MA BÔ Tour, until he decided to leave the project to pursue his own direction.
Between the years of 2002 and 2011, besides his 2 solo albums - 'Quamundos' & 'Motive', he produced more than 20 CD’s with several Portuguese, African, Brazilian artists and was the mentor of 2 pioneer Portuguese programmes, supported by major international and Portuguese companies, PT Communications and Alcatel Portugal, to discover new Portuguese speaking talents in World Music, African music, Jazz, Fusion, Fado, etc.
His first solo album, released in 2001, Quamundos, received very good reviews from the Portuguese Press and international music community and also entered playlists in Portuguese radios like Antena 3 or RDP Africa Radio - the Portuguese representative of EBU and World Music Charts. Mutebass and Different Moon, two of Quamundos songs, entered the playlist at KDFA FM 94.1 Berkeley USA Radio in a World Music Program directed by Kutay Derin Kugary, the co-founder and program director of the San Francisco World Music Festival and also made it to several radio programs around the world.
This was the first solo record released in Portugal by a Bass player.
In 2002, Theo Pascal was the producer and musical director in the Political campaign of Durao Barroso. He was by then elected Portugal Prime Minister and was the President of the European Commission for several years.
By his 30 he had already achieved some great conquers like the birth of his own record label, and a publishing deal with the biggest independent publisher in the world PEERMUSIC, in 2003.
In June 2005 he released, in Portugal, his second solo album named MOTIVE.
Besides all this, he also composed (Music) and produced all songs for acclaimed Cape Verdean singer/songwriter, Carmen Souza.
His compositions with Carmen Souza were included in all her albums released to date.
-Ess ê Nha Cabo Verde (2005) - TheOoTheZz
-Verdade(2008) – Jazzpilon/Galileo
-Protegid(2010) - Jazzpilon/Galileo
-London Acoustic Set (2012) - Carmen Souza Duo - Jazzpilon/Galileo
-Kachupada (2013) - Jazzpilon/Galileo
-Live at lagny jazz festival (2014) jazzzpilon /Galileo
-Epistola (2015) Jazzpilon/Galileo
-Creology (2017) Jazzpilon/Galileo
-The Silver Messengers (2019) Jazzpilon/Galileo
All 9 albums with Carmen Souza gathered great reviews from the International Press around the world and his compositions were included in several international playlists and broadcasted live by major TV/Radio stations like: BBC Radio 3 (UK), Vrije Geluiden (NL), CBC (CA), RDP/RTP Africa (PT), CONCERTZENDER (NL), WDR/3Sat (DE),etc.
Theo Pascal also composed and produced several advertising jingles and station jingles for Portuguese major tv Channel’s: SIC Noticias and RTP2.
Aside from being Carmen Souza composer/producer, Theo Pascal is also her Musical Director, Bass Player and Double Bass player and is currently touring with Creology, a new project with Souza and percussionist Elias Kacomanolis, around the world.
He was in 2016 included in the BLITZ MAGAZINE (only music magazine in Portugal) list of best 30 bass players in Portugal.
In 2019, Theo Pascal together with Carmen Souza releases a new CD called 'The Silver Messengers' in tribute to Horace Silver that got into all the press charts for World Music and Jazz in Europe: World Music Charts Europe, Transglobal World Music Chart, Europe Jazz media chart. The album was FIP selection album in France and got 4 Star reviews on Downbeat magazine (USA), Songlines (UK), amount other 4 & 5 Star reviews around the world. With this album Carmen Souza was also cover story at Jazzthetik Jazz magazine in Germany.
In the USA the album was included the radio Jazz charts for 11 months Nov. 2019 to Sep 2020.
Theo Pascal solo album QUAMUNDO´S II just received funding from Arts Council England and will be released soon.