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For complete details on concerts, residencies and other events, see CALENDAR.

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Update

Fall is rapidly approaching and the challenges we face continue to redefine what our lives are going to be like for the foreseeable future.
 

As artists, that redefinition depends heavily on our ability to take advantage of the digital domain with performances, recordings, workshops and other representations of our work.  

I remain firmly dedicated to creating, sharing and teaching music through whatever means are available to our global community.

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• PERFORMANCES 

Diálogos Duo

NEW CD "Choro Tributes"

CD Release Concerts are starting to take shape in the virtual sphere. Visit the CALENDAR for updates.

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• BROADCASTS

Nelson Faria & Richard Boukas
"Ouça Comigo"

Recently Nelson and I discussed our Duo track "Mexedinho" on Nelson's YouTube show "Listen with Me" which focuses on a specific recording with the original participating artists. Among other guests included Toninho Horta. The interview is in Portuguese. See video on the right or click Ouça Comigo above.

Scroll to these timings for viewing:

Boukas: 52:34
Toninho Horta: 37:52

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• RECORDINGS •

NEW CD: "CHORO TRIBUTES"

The Duo has just released our second CD  "CHORO TRIBUTES".

The featured work is "A Dozen Choro Tributes".


CD RELEASE virtual CONCERTS are in the planning stages.

CHORO TRIBUTES

• preview tracks 

• purchase digital download and CD

• read composer commentary

• Duo’s virtual ACADEMIC RESIDENCIES

• coming soon: playalong audio tracks!
 

We sincerely appreciate your support of our work as we and all musicians around the globe navigate uncharted waters.

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• CD REVIEWS •

Diálogos Duo
"Homage to Brazilian Masters"

CLARINET JOURNAL   
(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."

RIFFTIDES by DOUG RAMSEY

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• NEW Dialogos Duo COMPOSITIONS • 

• "Cantos do Nordeste" 

Featuring the rich and diverse genres from Brazil's Northeast.
Final scores have just been completed after six months of continuous composition.
The work consists of eighteen movements, the largest of the seven suites composed for the Duo.

As with all previous Diálogos Duo suites, each movement is a tribute to an illustrious Brazilian composer/musician:

Luiz Gonzaga, Jackson do Pandeiro, Sivuca, Hermeto Pascoal, Spok Frevo Orchestra, Dominguinhos, Sérgio Santos among others.

• "Three Choros for Bass Clarinet and Guitar" 
This mini-suite features adaptations of choros originally scored for larger ensembles. 

The complete original repertoire for the Duo now stands at seven suites, 67 movements.

Collaborations

Sopros de PE
Clarinet Quartet

Sopros de PE is the premiere clarinet quartet in Northeast Brazil. I met them last year at ClarinetFest, the annual convention of the International Clarinet Association. Shortly after ClarinetFest, I composed an extended work for Sopros de PE, Embolada


The next piece for the quartet will be "Mestre Duda", an adaptation of a frevo that is part of the new Diálogos Duo suite "Cantos de Nordeste". Duda is the living master of frevo in Recife, Pernambuco state.

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Victor Chávez Duo

Select Diálogos Duo works will be adapted for clarinetist Victor Chávez and pianist Eunsuk Jung. This will involve a rewrite of the guitar part for piano. Both Victor and Eunsuk are faculty at Univ. TN/Knoxville.

NEW Diálogos Duo CD

Cover of newly released CD, Choro Tributes

Cover of newly released CD, Choro Tributes

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