Contemporary Brazilian Music
Diálogos for Bass Clarinet & Guitar
Duo Concert Programs
" DIÁLOGOS 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 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:
Marchinha da Esperança
Duo News Update
• The Duo recently presented two acclaimed Brazilian Songbook programs at Scarsdale and Bethpage Public Libraries.
Their fall concerts include Greenburgh Public Library (Westchester).
• The new Richard Boukas composition cycle "A Dozen Choro Tributes" will be premiered and recorded in Spring of next year.
Another new eight-movement work, "Século" will also be presented in 2019.
all photos by Chesher Cat
Audio & Video
High quality audio and video of the Duo's two premiere concerts at New School for Performing Arts are featured below. Each concert presents one of Richard Boukas's first multi-movement cycles for the Duo:
These live performances and "Choro Branco" for solo bass clarinet will comprise the Duo's DEBUT CD "Homages to Brazilian Masters" to be released later this fall. See BLOG for updates.
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"In the Diálogos Duo project with clarinetist Louis Arques, Boukas shows us his side as a chamber music composer– delving into a wide variety of styles from frevo and marcha to samba and batuque with complex thematic developments, tastefully done without ever losing the characteristics of each genre."
Jovino Santos Neto
Professor of Music
Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle WA
three-time Grammy nominee
Diálogos for Clarinet & Guitar
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 and Croatian tambura virtuoso Filip Novosel.
Enter Diálogos Duo (Diálogos means "dialogues" in Portuguese) featuring clarinetist/bass clarinetist Louis Arques from Grenoble, France and composer Boukas on guitar. Founded in fall 2016 explicitly to fill this repertoire void, Boukas began this mission by composing two seven-movement works of through-composed pieces: Diálogos for Clarinet and Guitar and Diálogos for Bass Clarinet and Guitar. Both works were premiered at New School for the Performing Arts in fall 2017. Complete audio and video is on this page.
Along with Boukas's Choro Branco for solo bass clarinet , these recordings will be released in late fall as the duo's debut CD, "Homages to Brazilian Masters".
These works represent a panoply of traditional Brazilian genres (ex. samba, choro, baião, frevo, guarânia, maracatu, valsa, marcha, toada) 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. Not having played Brazilian music before the Duo, Arques demonstrates an uncanny facility with complex Brazilian rhythms and Boukas' virtuosic melodic writing. Boukas's guitar accompaniments range from the traditional to pianistic/orchestral textures.
Since the initial two cycles of pieces, Boukas composed two new multi-moevement works:
Século (in eight movements) and
A Dozen Choro Tributes (twelve movements)
Their premieres will occur in 2019, and A Dozen Choro Tributes will comprise their second CD release and be the focal point of educational residencies.
Apart from their original repertoire, the Duo has also developed innovative alternative programs featuring classics from the Brazilian Songbook (known as MPB– (música popular brasileira).and Choro Classics, presenting Brazil's virtuosic popular chamber music. Visit their PROGRAMS PAGE to hear audio tracks from these two programs.
Presenting this broad range of repertoire, Diálogos Duo offers arts, community and academic presenters fresh horizons for today's evolving and astute contemporary music audiences.
Louis Arques is a multifaceted woodwind virtuoso from Grenoble, France. He taught in French music schools for ten years including the Paris Conservatoire. Moving to New York City in fall 2016 to pursue his MA at Mannes/New School for Performing Arts, he has rapidly become one of New York City’s most in-demand chamber soloists and orchestral musicians– including the String Orchestra of Brooklyn (SOB), Mannes Orchestra (Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall) and co-founded Brooklyn-based NewOrch with violinist Daniel Zinn. He is a frequent New Music collaborator, including composer Elizabeth Hoffman and Mannes American Composer Ensemble. He also performs Afro-Cuban music with Grupo Irek, Sonido Costeño, New School Afro-Cuban Orchestra and with diverse jazz ensembles in club venues including Birdland. Louis plays early music on Von Vittorelli’s replicas of 18th Century instruments and is an artist endorsee for Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces.
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 third and new Duo cycle, SÉCULO which contains eight movements. It is a centennial tribute to Boukas's father, Gus, who exposed Richard to classical masterpieces at an early age.
" DIÁLOGOS DUO presented a fabulous concert here– a broad mixture of the Brazilian Songbook, Choro Classics and original Tribute compositions. Their educational information on each piece was brilliant and informative. The audience comprised of numerous Brazilians was mesmerized by the music that Richard and Louis played. Highly recommended!"
Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Diálogos Duo Score Editions
• PRINTED and PDF Editions
of complete Diálogos Duo SCORES and PARTS are available at the Chamber Music Scores Store.
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