Diálogos Brazilian Duo
Diálogos for Bass Clarinet & Guitar
Duo Concert Programs
" DIÁLOGOS BRAZILIAN DUO gave a fantastic concert here, THE BRAZILIAN SONGBOOK. The joy they took in performing was palpable. It was also very informative and educational– speaking eloquently about the different Brazilian composers and musical styles. We had very positive feedback from the patrons, and I would highly recommend this ensemble."
Bethpage Public Library, Long Island
Diálogos Score Editions
• PRINTED and PDF Editions
of complete Diálogos Duo SCORES and PARTS are available at the Chamber Music Scores Store.
For all Artist and Educator inquiries about the music, contact Richard Boukas.
High quality audio of the Duo's two premiere concerts of DIÁGOLOS at New School for Performing Arts is now on this page. Each concert features one of the seven-movement cycles that comprise the complete work and has its own audio player. Recording and mixing is by John Cantrell, who has documented numerous Richard Boukas projects.
For original piece sequence and commentary,
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Diálogos for Clarinet & Guitar
Diálogos Concert Videos
Below are select VIDEOS from the Duo's two premiere concerts, corresponding to the two AUDIO players above. Other clips from these concerts will rotate on this page.
To view COMPLETE VIDEOS for each concert (7), visit these two YouTube playlists:
The clarinet and bass clarinet share a unique sonic connection with the guitar. They blend almost effortlessly, offering wholly new compositional possibilities. That said, it is indeed surprising how little contemporary music has been written for this most fertile of instrument combinations– no less music steeped in core Brazilian traditions. Boukas has demonstrated a keen penchant for the duo format, having collaborated with Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto, Croatian tambura virtuoso Filip Novosel and cellist Wendy Law.
Enter Diálogos Brazilian Duo (Diálogos means "dialogues" in Portuguese) featuring clarinetist Louis Arques from Grenoble, France and composer Boukas on guitar. Founded in fall 2016 explicitly to fill this repertoire void, Boukas began composing at the beginning of 2017. The result was two seven-movement works of through-composed pieces: Diálogos for Clarinet and Guitar and Diálogos for Bass Clarinet and Guitar.
These works represent a panoply of traditional Brazilian genres (ex. samba, baião, frevo, maracatu, valsa, marcha) synergized with contemporary classical and jazz vocabularies. Each movement is dedicated to a legendary Brazilian musician/composer who has had a profound impact on Boukas– including Villa Lobos, Radamés Gnattali, Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Guinga, Hermeto Pascoal, and Toninho Horta. Never having played Brazilian music before, Arques demonstrated an uncanny facility with Brazilian rhythms and Boukas' challenging, angular melodies. Boukas's guitar accompaniments range from the traditional to pianistic/orchestral in texture.
Diálogos Brazilian Duo's premiere performances of the fourteen pieces were in October 2017.
Boukas also recently composed Choro Branco for Solo Bass Clarinet– a clear reference to Bach's solo cello suites within the framework of the choro lento.
Diálogos Brazilian Duo has also developed innovative alternative programs featuring classics from Brazilian Choro and the Brazilian Songbook, otherwise known as MPB (música popular brasileira). Featuring this broad range of repertoire, Diálogos Brazilian Duo offers arts and academic presenters fresh horizons for evolving and astute contemporary music audiences.
Louis Arques is a multifaceted woodwind specialist from Grenoble, France. Apart from his performance on clarinets, saxophones and vocals, he has taught in French music schools for ten years including the Paris Conservatoire. Moving to New York City in fall 2016, he entered the Mannes Graduate Program in Performance and rapidly has become one of New York City’s in-demand soloists and orchestral musicians: with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn (SOB), Mannes Orchestra in venues including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Louis also plays on Von Vittorelli’s replicas of 18th Century instruments. He is a frequent New Music collaborator, including composer Elizabeth Hoffman and Mannes American Composer Ensemble. He also performs with the New School Afro-Cuban Orchestra and with diverse jazz ensembles in notable club venues including Birdland.
Other Featured Audio
In addition to the complete DIÁLOGOS CYCLE (14 movements), two pieces are featured below.
CHORO BRANCO for SOLO BASS CLARINET, features Louis Arques in a Boukas composition which merges the Choro lento with Bach's solo suites for violoncello. The second piece, BANDEIRA SOLENE, is from Boukas's new Duo cycle, SÉCULO (in progress) which will contain eight movements. It is a centennial tribute to Boukas's father, Gus, who exposed Richard to classical masterpieces at an early age.
Duo News Update
• The Duo recently presented two Brazilian Songbook programs at
Scarsdale and Bethpage Public Libraries.
• The Duo this fall will be premiering Século, the new Richard Boukas eight-movement cycle in progress.
all photos by Chesher Cat