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• NEW RECORDINGS •

• DIÁLOGOS DUO DEBUT CD
"Homages to Brazilian Masters"
 features the first two suites I composed for the duo and the first piece for solo bass clarinet:

Diálogos for Clarinet and Guitar
Diálogos for Bass Clarinet and Guitar
  and

Choro Branco for Bass Clarinet Solo

The release is available in both physical and digital download formats.

See NEW RELEASES for more details.
DOWNLOAD the LINER NOTES and DUO BIO FREE!

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• CONCERT NEWS •

• DIÁLOGOS DUO performed their Brazilian Songbook Program at GREENBURGH LIBRARY (Elmsford NY) on December 2. This is the fourth time Richard Boukas Brazilian music ensembles have presented at the library.

Stay tuned for more 2019 CD release concert dates.

•  The Duo presented a December 5 LIVE PERFORMANCE & INTERVIEW on WKCR-FM (Columbia University) on "Som do Brasil" with host Jassvan de Lima.

• International Clarinet Association (ICA) 2019 Convention 
July (date TBA) Knoxville, Tenn.


The Duo has just been invited to present a featured performance at the largest and most prestigious clarinet convention in the world.

The repertoire performed will be from their DEBUT CD, "Homages to Brazilian Masters."
The recording and complete scores will be available at the convention,
and a special ICA CONVENTION PAGE on this site will be created, including program notes and special offers for purchase of recordings and scores.

• "SEMPRE JACOB" JACOB BANDOLIM CENTENNIAL CONCERT by
NEW SCHOOL BRAZILIAN CHORO ENSEMBLE will take place
Friday December 14 at 6:30pm. All arrangements are by director Richard Boukas and include works by:
Jacob do Bandolim, Pixinguinha, Luperce Miranda, Ernesto Nazareth, Radamés Gnattali, Paulinho da Viola.

DUO BRASILEIRO (Boukas and Gustavo Amarante on bass) will perform at the following venues in early 2019:

• BETHPAGE LIBRARY (Long Island) Sun. February 24
• ONDERDONK HOUSE 
(Ridgewood, Bklyn) Sat. March 2
• GREAT NECK HOUSE 
(Long Island) Sun. March 31

Visit Duo Brasileiro's newly updated page which features SEVERAL LIVE TRACKS.

QUARTETO MODERNO has return performances in Westchester at:
 
• GREENBURGH LIBRARY Saturday May 11
• JAZZ FORUM "Brazilian Sundays" Sunday May 19

SEE CALENDAR FOR MORE INFO.

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• NEW COMPOSITIONS for 
DIÁLOGOS DUO 


I have recently completed three new multi-movement works for the Duo:

DOZEN CHORO TRIBUTES (Uma Dúzia de Choros-Homenagens)

Each of the twelve pieces pays homage to an illuminary Choro composer/musician whose collective careers span over 125 years: Anacleto de Medeiros, Ernesto Nazareth, Villa-Lobos, Pixinguinha, Garôto, Luperce Miranda, Jacob do Bandolim, Waldir Azevedo, Radamés Gnattali, Rafael Rabello/Paulo Moura, Guinga and Hermeto Pascoal. The complete piece is fifty minutes in length.

The premiere of this new work will be in late spring.

Plans are to present this work in a variety of venues, including educational residencies.

SÉCULO (Century) in eight movements

Dedicated to my father Gus (1917-1965), commemorating his centennial.
The official premiere will be later next year.

• IMPRESSIONS OF MINAS (Impressões de Minas) in ten movements

This latest suite I am currently finishing for Diálogos Duo pays tribute to the wondrous music and composers from the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais: Milton Nascimento, Toninho Horta, Sérgio Santos, Juarez Moreira, Ary Barroso, Lô Borges, João Bosco among others. It will be completed by year's end.

Including these new works, there are now forty-five original pieces Richard Boukas has composed for Diálogos Duo since 2017. 
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SPECIAL PROJECTS UPDATE

• COMPLETE AUDIO and VIDEO of the landmark NEW SCHOOL CHORO ENSEMBLE program, "SEMPRE JACOB" (centennial celebration of legendary Brazilian mandolinist JACOB DO BANDOLIM) is available.

The program featured works by Jacob, Nazareth, Luperce Miranda, Pixinguinha, Radamés Gnattali, Paulinho da Viola and myselfDOWNLOAD CONCERT PROGRAM NOTES

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EDUCATOR NEWS

In 2019, I will be offering special Brazilian music workshops in 
GUITAR, COMPOSITION and REPERTOIRE. Stay tuned for DATES.

NEW YORK JAZZ WORKSHOP Ear Training Level One

Begins Sat. January 19

• My PRIVATE TEACHING studio continues to be robust, serving a broad community of musicians.

• In addition to my regular studio students, I've been teaching online to musicians around the world via Skype, FaceTime and What's App.

For more INFO on DISTANCE LEARNING and BLOCK RATE DISCOUNTS visit my PRIVATE STUDY PAGE.
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COMPOSER SCORE EDITIONS

Definitive spiral-bound and PDF editions of my first two DIÁLOGOS DUO works "Diálogos" (for Clarinet and Guitar, Bass Clarinet and Guitar) are available at the CHAMBER MUSIC STORE.

Visit the CALENDAR and this BLOG frequently for all the latest composer news and performance details.  
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Musically,

Richard Boukas

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    DIÁLOGOS DUO NEW CD!

    DIÁLOGOS DUO's DEBUT LIVE CD, "Homages to Brazilian Masters".
Louis Arques and Richard Boukas

    DIÁLOGOS DUO's DEBUT LIVE CD, "Homages to Brazilian Masters". Louis Arques and Richard Boukas

    Diálogos Duo CD Tracks

    DIÁLOGOS DUO at their New School concert performing "Diálogos for Bass Clarinet and Guitar". CLICK PICTURE for audio & video.

    DIÁLOGOS DUO at their New School concert performing "Diálogos for Bass Clarinet and Guitar". CLICK PICTURE for audio & video.

    DUO BRASILEIRO (Boukas and Gustavo Amarante) performing at Oceanside Library. CLICK PHOTO FOR LIVE TRACKS.

    DUO BRASILEIRO (Boukas and Gustavo Amarante) performing at Oceanside Library. CLICK PHOTO FOR LIVE TRACKS.

    © 2018 Richard Boukas