Diálogos Duo Residencies

NEW CD, "Choro Tributes". 


Contemporary Brazilian Music

Since their founding in 2016, Louis Arques and Richard Boukas have been presenting discerning audiences and academic institutions with exciting contemporary Brazilian music performances and cutting-edge university residencies.

Their central goal in such residencies is to synergize Brazilian music performance practice and technical musicianship with a commensurate historical, cultural and theoretical foundation. In this way, students of all levels

Diálogos Duo offers three models of Residencies:

• VIRTUAL (all video conferencing with digital quality audio)
• ONSITE (all activities presented at the hosting institution)

• HYBRID (combination of virtual and onsite delivery)

This flexibility offers universities, conservatories and their greater community a wide variety of activities to best address their academic and cultural interests.

To date, Richard Boukas has composed SEVEN SUITES / SIXTY-SEVEN MOVEMENTS (67) of music for the duo. It is the largest body of original contemporary Brazilian repertoire composed for clarinet (bass clarinet) and guitar, and is internationally recognized by elite performers and educators worldwide.

This expansive body of repertoire, dynamic artistic synergy and Boukas's decades of Brazilian music expertise has ignited the keen attention of universities, festivals and conferences presenting contemporary Classical, World, Jazz, Latin and New music.

The Duo employs this impressive repertoire as its primary curriculum and focus for studying the vast diversity of regional Brazilian genres, including:





"Diálogos Duo repertoire is not only indispensable to today’s concert artists, but offers a vast educational resource and gateway for assimilating Brazilian music vocabulary while addressing fundamental technique and musicianship. I am certain that Boukas’s present and future works for Diálogos Duo will be a perennial contribution to contemporary clarinet-guitar literature and pedagogy."

Dr. João Luiz Rezende Lopes
Director of Chamber Music / Hunter College of CUNY
Brasil Guitar Duo / Naxos recording artist

Artistic & Academic Presentations

"The music of Richard Boukas fills a void in a repertoire nearly absent for clarinet and guitar. His extensive knowledge of various Brazilian musical styles and great gift for composing now offers us a broader repertoire of tremendous value."

Alessandro Carbonare
principal clarinetist
Orchestra di Santa Cecilia, Rome
Decca Classics recording artist
2013 Grammy winner


“Richard Boukas' rich array of new compositions for clarinet and guitar is truly wonderful, full of signature Boukasian harmonic surprises, rhythmic vitality and always heart-felt melos, even in the most virtuosic contours. Boukas has created, all by himself, a major repository of novel and substantial music for this delightful chamber ensemble, inspired by the Brazilian musical vernacular, that deserves and will achieve ample international exposure and acclaim.”

Ricardo Iznaola

Distinguished University Professor in Music
Artist-in-Residence and Chair of Guitar Studies, Emeritus
Lamont School of Music, University of Denver