Richard Boukas, leader of Quarteto Moderno

Richard Boukas, leader of Quarteto Moderno


NEW QUARTETO MODERNO CD now available. CLICK on PHOTO to BUY and for more details.

NEW QUARTETO MODERNO CD now available. CLICK on PHOTO to BUY and for more details.

Lucas Pino

Lucas Pino

LUCAS PINO  woodwinds

Since his arrival in New York City (born in Phoenix, AZ), he has rapidly evolved into one of today’s distinct young voices on the saxophone. Composer-leader of the No Net Nonet, his professional collaborations with cutting-edge young musicians including guitarist Rafal Sarnecki, Jeremy Siskind and Ben Van Gelder have showcased his virtuosity and a dynamic melodic and harmonic vocabulary. Lucas received his B.A. at New School Jazz after transferring from the esteemed Brubeck Institute in California. It was at New School where faculty member Richard Boukas first took notice of Pino's keen improvisational skills. In 2011, he completed his M.A. at Juilliard, and in 2012 was guest performer on Boukas's música mineira project The Year of Brazil / Ernesto Nazareth 150th Birthday Tribute concert at Queens College was his premiere performance with Quarteto Moderno. For more info visit
Maurício Zottarelli

Maurício Zottarelli

MAURÍCIO ZOTTARELLI  drums and percussion

He has been on the forefront of Brazilian, Latin and jazz music scenes for over fifteen years. Born in Rio Claro (São Paulo state), his sideman credits read like a Who's Who of contemporary Brazilian music: Eliane Elias, Ivan Lins, Toninho Horta, Jovino Santos Neto, Filó Machado, Rosa Passos, Dom Salvador ; U.S. artists Marc Johnson, Esperanza Spalding, Geoffrey Keezer, Chuck Loeb; and Cameroon bassist-vocalist Richard Bona. His first acclaimed CD as composer and leader, "7 Lives" (2009) was followed by MOZIK with pianist Gilson Schachnik. His many workshops in Brazil and the USA include the Brazil Camp in California, and he is a regular columnist for Modern Drummer Magazine in Brazil. His artist endorsements are LP Percussion, Vic Firth drumsticks, Soultone cymbals, Lexicon Pro and Audio, GruvGear, Powerclick in-ear monitors and FSA Cajons. For more info visit


QUARTETO MODERNO presents a variety of arts-in-education programs exploring Brazilian music from a performance, historical and cultural perspective.

Recent programs and venues include:

• Brazilian Music Heroes  
   (Byram Public Library, Greenwich, CT)
• Tribute to Brazilian Masters
  (Queens Public Library New Americans Program,
  Ossining Public Library)
• Ernesto Nazareth 150 Birthday Celebration
  (Queens College Year of Brazil)
• Quarteto Moderno: Boukas Compositional Panorama
  (Greenburgh, NY Public Library)
• música mineira: The Music of Minas Gerais
  (New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music)



Other Ensembles

For live AUDIO and VIDEO excerpts of these Richard Boukas ensembles, visit their dedicated pages:

Trio Brasileiro

Law-Boukas Chamber Duo

Boukas-Fuller Duo

Quarteto Moderno

Formed in 2008, Quarteto Moderno is a contemporary Brazilian jazz ensemble that features Richard Boukas's compositions written in primary genres including samba, choro, baião, frevo, maracatu, marcha and guarânia. Boukas' compositions synergize these traditional forms with vital improvisations and a chamber music aesthetic.They also present and interpret legendary Brazilian composers from seminal innovators Ernesto Nazareth, Anacleto de Medeiros and Pixinguinha to Hermeto Pascoal and Minas Gerais masters Milton Nascimento, Toninho Horta and Sérgio Santos. Their dynamic interaction makes each performance a unique creative adventure, taking the music into totally fresh and daring directions.

Featured on acoustic guitar and vocals, Boukas is joined by young woodwind virtuoso Lucas Pino and Boukas's itinerant Trio Brasileiro  sidemen Gustavo Amarante (bass) and Maurício Zottarelli (drums). The ensemble has performed extensively in the New York City metro area, including Dizzy Gillespie Auditorium (Baha'i Center), Johnny Pacheco Latin Jazz Festival (Lehman College) and the keynote concert to launch Queens College's Year of Brazil (see playlists below).

Quarteto Moderno has just recorded their debut CD: "Live! Ao Vivo!"

The CD contains ten original Boukas compositions, all tributes to master Brazilian composers.

Below you can four of the ten tracks from the CD, which was recorded at New School for the Performing Arts where Richard Boukas is faculty.

To purchase pre-release copies, visit NEW AND SPECIAL RELEASES.

The official CD release is planned for early fall. COMPLETE VIDEO of the concert will soon be available on this ensemble page and Youtube.




Also newly available are COMPLETE SCORES and separate GUITAR and WOODWIND PARTS for all ten QUARTETO MODERNO Richard Boukas compositions on the CD. A great resource to study contemporary Brazilian Jazz and gain insights into Richard's accompaniment vocabulary in these core genres: samba, choro, baião, frêvo, marcha, valsa. There are four different options, all of which can be found at:

Gustavo Amarante

Gustavo Amarante


Gustavo was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. After moving to the U.S. in 1994 to study at the Berklee College of Music, he has established himself as one of today’s most important voices on the electric bass. Gustavo is an ideal interpreter of original music, always providing a solid groove, impeccable time and keen attention to detail. He has performed and recorded with numerous Brazilian and other world-reknown artists including Toninho Horta, Helio Alves, Jovino Santos Neto, Duduka Da Fonseca, Carlos Malta, Aquiles Báez, Hendrik Meurkens, Panamericana Big Band, Bob Moses, and Katie Viqueira. He has played at major festivals and venues including Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Nuits D’Afrique (Montréal) and Java Jazz Fest (Jakarta, Indonesia). For more info, visit

Quarteto Moderno at Lehman College

Below are seven live tracks from the JOHNNY PACHECO LATIN JAZZ FESTIVAL at LEHMAN COLLEGE.


Richard Boukas and Lucas Pino playing Boukas composition "Gajatucada"

Richard Boukas and Lucas Pino playing Boukas composition "Gajatucada"

Lucas Pino soloing on Hermeto Pascoal's "Montreux"

Lucas Pino soloing on Hermeto Pascoal's "Montreux"

Live at Queens College / Year of Brazil

Quarteto Moderno presented the keynote concert at Queens College's Year of Brazil 
celebrating Ernesto Nazareth's 150th Birthday.

Seven tracks are featured in the audio player below, featuring compositions by: 

Jacob do Bandolim      Ernesto Nazareth
Pixinguinha                 Toninho Horta
Sérgio Santos              Milton Nascimento
Hermeto Pascoal


Gajatucada: Live at Lehman College

Chorizinho: Live at Lehman College

Quarteto Moderno at Lefrak Hall / Queens College, launching the Year of Brazil on campus.

Quarteto Moderno at Lefrak Hall / Queens College, launching the Year of Brazil on campus.

Quarteto Moderno after their performance at Lefrak Hall, Queens College.

Quarteto Moderno after their performance at Lefrak Hall, Queens College.

all Queens College Year of Brazil concert photos by Simone Caprifogli

© 2018 Richard Boukas