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• PERFORMANCES •
World Premiere of
"A Dozen Choro Tributes"
• NYC Classical Guitar Society
Salon Series / Tenri Institute
Friday, November 8, 730pm
43A W 13 St (next door to New School).
Recently the Duo presented the official world premiere of our latest work, paying tribute to the giants of Brazilian Choro:
Ernesto Nazareth, Anacleto de Medeiros, Pixinguinha, Luperce Miranda, Jacob do Bandolim, Garôto, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Waldir Azevedo, Radamés Gnattali, Hermeto Pascoal, Guinga, Rafael Rabello, Paulo Moura.
Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York City.
The Duo also presented a pre-concert demonstration at New York City Classical Guitar Society's monthly membership meeting on Thursday, November 7.
Friday, December 6, 800pm
Jacob do Bandolim Centennial Concert
New School Choro Ensemble
New School for Performing Arts
55 W 13 St. Recital Room 350
FREE / Limited Seating
• Sacred Heart Univ. Guitar Festival (10/18)
• Bronxville Library (10/26)
RICHARD BOUKAS SOLO
• Smithtown Library (LI) (10/20)
• Diálogos Duo CD REVIEWS •
(International Clarinet Association)
"The performers give lovely renditions of these works. Louis Arques plays with a refined sound on both soprano and bass clarinets. Boukas is an excellent guitarist. While all of his compositions have a stylistic basis in traditional Brazilian popular music, they reflect his own more complex artistic sensibility. Perhaps this is nova brasilidade, in the same spirit as Piazzola's tango nuevo."
• NEWS UPDATE •
• International Clarinet Association (ICA) ClarinetFest Convention, Univ. Knoxville, Tenn.
The Duo performed a feature concert at ClarinetFest 2019, the prestigious annual clarinet convention presented by the International Clarinet Association.
The Duo also appeared on WUOT-FM and filmed a TV show for UTTV "Studio 865" (see VIDEO at right).
• Grammy-winning Italian clarinetist ALESSANDRO CARBONARE performed European premieres of four Richard Boukas/Diálogos Duo works in Milan. The all-Brazilian program also included works by Villa-Lobos, Baden Powell and Sérgio Assad. SEE PROGRAM
"Their performances are uniformly high spirited and totally captivating. Boukas appropriates the rhythmically funky essence of such styles as Forró, Frevo and Baião and tests their viability in a setting that stresses spontaneous improvisation. There's no sheen of unneeded post-production here– just the sensation of total honesty." - Mark Holston
• NEW COMPOSITIONS •
Among the many exciting new colleagues made at ClarinetFest was SOPROS de PE, the brilliant clarinet quartet from Pernambuco, Brazil. Immediately following the convention, I composed a major work for the ensemble, “EMBOLADA”, which will be premiered in Brazil next year.
• "Three Choros for Bass Clarinet and Guitar" (our sixth suite) will be completed early next year.
• I have begun composing our seventh suite:
"Cantos do Nordeste" features the richly diverse genres from Brazil's Northeast.
The work will consist of fifteen movements, including solo guitar interludes.
As with all previous suites, each movement is a tribute to an illustrious Brazilian composer/musician:
Luiz Gonzaga, Jackson do Pandeiro, Sivuca, Hermeto Pascoal, Spok Frevo, Capiba, Pé de Serra, Dominguinhos, Nations (nações) of Maracatu among others.
There are now fifty pieces composed for Diálogos Duo since its founding in fall 2016.
• EDUCATION •
Mannes Duo Residency
Spring 2020 semester Diálogos Duo will present a comprehensive DUO RESIDENCY at Mannes / New School for the Performing Arts. Using Richard Boukas work "A Dozen Choro Tributes" as repertoire, student clarinetists and guitarists will participate in several masterclasses and present a semester-end concert.
The residency will be video documented for educational use.
• PRIVATE STUDY NEWS •
• My PRIVATE TEACHING studio and Online teaching continues to serve a broad community of musicians around the globe.
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Visit the CALENDAR and this BLOG frequently for all the latest composer news and performance details.
Thank you for your interest and support, and enjoy the fall.
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Live on WKCR/ Dozen Choro Tributes
On November 6, Diálogos Duo performed live on WKCR-FM's feature show "Som do Brasil".
Hosted by the ever-present Jassvan de Lima, the duo played four compositions from "A Dozen Choro Tributes" and spoke about the November 8 premiere of the work at Tenri Cultural Institute.
Videos from the concert will be posted shortly after the new year, once "A Dozen Choro Tributes" is recorded and mixed for the Duo's second CD, "Choro Tributes".