Blog

Welcome again to the BLOG.

A very Happy New Year to you all. There is much exciting news to share.

For complete details on concerts and other events, visit the CALENDAR.
 

• NEW RECORDINGS •

• DIÁLOGOS DUO DEBUT CD
"Homages to Brazilian Masters"
 features the first two suites I composed for the duo and the first piece for solo bass clarinet:

Diálogos for Clarinet and Guitar
Diálogos for Bass Clarinet and Guitar
  and

Choro Branco for Bass Clarinet Solo

The release is available in both physical and digital download formats.

See NEW RELEASES for more details.
DOWNLOAD the LINER NOTES and DUO BIO FREE!

Stay tuned for 2019 CD release concert dates.

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• PERFORMANCE NEWS •

• DIÁLOGOS DUO on Fri. January 25 will perform live on WKCR-FM's annual

TOM JOBIM BIRTHDAY MARATHON. 
Held for 24 hours straight, Their set will be at 200-245pm 
and include a live interview.

This follows their recent PERFORMANCE & INTERVIEW at WKCR-FM (Columbia University) on
"Som do Brasil" with host Jassvan de Lima, 
who will also be hosting the Jobim Marathon.

• International Clarinet Association (ICA) 2019 Convention, July (date TBA) Knoxville, Tenn.

The Duo has been invited to present a feature concert at ClarinetFest 2019, the largest and most prestigious clarinet convention in the world. The repertoire performed at the concert will be from our DEBUT CD, "Homages to Brazilian Masters."


The CD recording and complete scores will be available at the convention, and a special ICA CONVENTION PAGE on this site will be created, including program notes and special discounts for ClarinetFest 2019 attendees.

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• "SEMPRE JACOB"

JACOB DO BANDOLIM CENTENNIAL CONCERT by
NEW SCHOOL BRAZILIAN CHORO ENSEMBLE occurred on December 14 to a capacity audience.

All arrangements are mine and included works by:
Jacob do Bandolim, Pixinguinha, Luperce Miranda, Ernesto Nazareth, Radamés Gnattali, Paulinho da Viola. 

DUO BRASILEIRO (myself and Gustavo Amarante on bass) will perform at the following venues in early 2019:

• BETHPAGE LIBRARY (Long Island) Sun. February 24
• ONDERDONK HOUSE 
(Ridgewood, Bklyn) Sat. March 2
• GREAT NECK HOUSE 
(Long Island) Sun. March 31
  (Itaiguara Brandão, bass)

Visit Duo Brasileiro's newly updated page which features SEVERAL LIVE TRACKS.

QUARTETO MODERNO has return performances in Westchester at:
 • OSSINING LIBRARY Saturday May 11, 200pm
• JAZZ FORUM "Brazilian Sundays" Sunday May 19, Sets at 400 & 600pm

SEE CALENDAR FOR MORE INFO

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• NEW COMPOSITIONS for 
DIÁLOGOS DUO 


I have recently completed three new multi-movement works for the Duo:

DOZEN CHORO TRIBUTES (Uma Dúzia de Choros-Homenagens)
Each of the twelve pieces pays homage to an illuminary Choro composer/musician whose collective careers span over 125 years: Anacleto de Medeiros, 
Ernesto Nazareth, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Pixinguinha, Garôto, Luperce Miranda, Jacob do Bandolim, Waldir Azevedo, Radamés Gnattali, Rafael Rabello/Paulo Moura, Guinga and Hermeto Pascoal. The complete work is fifty minutes in length. The premiere will be announced in late spring.

Plans are to present this work in a variety of venues, including educational residencies.

SÉCULO (Century) in eight movements
Dedicated to my father Gus Boukas (1917-1965), commemorating his centennial.
The suite features a variety of Brazilian genres as well as an extended Greek-Turkish piece utilizing microtonal modes prevalent in Near and Middle East cultures.

• IMPRESSIONS OF MINAS (Impressões de Minas) in twelve movements

This current suite I am completing for Diálogos Duo pays tribute to the wondrous music and composers from the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais: Milton Nascimento, Toninho Horta, Sérgio Santos, Juarez Moreira, Ary Barroso, Lô Borges, João Bosco among others.

Including these new works, there are now forty-six pieces I have composed for Diálogos Duo since 2017.

Definitive scores of these new works will become available after final revisions are made.

SEE COMPLETE LIST OF BOUKAS CHAMBER WORKS

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SPECIAL PROJECTS UPDATE

• COMPLETE AUDIO and VIDEO of the landmark NEW SCHOOL CHORO ENSEMBLE program, "SEMPRE JACOB" (centennial celebration of legendary Brazilian mandolinist JACOB DO BANDOLIM) is available.

The program featured works by Jacob, Nazareth, Luperce Miranda, Pixinguinha, Radamés Gnattali, Paulinho da Viola and myself

DOWNLOAD CONCERT PROGRAM NOTES

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EDUCATOR NEWS

In 2019, I will be offering special series of Brazilian music workshops in 
GUITAR, COMPOSITION and REPERTOIRE. Stay tuned for DATES and locations.

I will be resuming my teaching at NEW YORK JAZZ WORKSHOP 

Dynamic Ear Training Level One

Course begins Sat. January 19 
see above for details


• My PRIVATE TEACHING studio continues to be robust, serving a broad community of musicians.

• In addition to my in-studio students, I've been teaching online to musicians around the world via Skype, FaceTime and What's App.

For more INFO on DISTANCE LEARNING and PREPAID BLOCK RATE DISCOUNTS visit my PRIVATE STUDY PAGE.
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COMPOSER SCORE EDITIONS

Definitive spiral-bound and PDF editions of my first two DIÁLOGOS DUO works "Diálogos" (for Clarinet and Guitar, Bass Clarinet and Guitar) are available at the CHAMBER MUSIC STORE.

Visit the CALENDAR and this BLOG frequently for all the latest composer news and performance details.  
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Thank you very much for your continued interest and support of my work, and if you are not yet on my list to receive periodic e mail announcements, go to the CONTACT PAGE and send a quick message.

Musically,

Richard Boukas

DIÁLOGOS DUO NEW CD!

DIÁLOGOS DUO's DEBUT LIVE CD, "Homages to Brazilian Masters".
Louis Arques and Richard Boukas

DIÁLOGOS DUO's DEBUT LIVE CD, "Homages to Brazilian Masters". Louis Arques and Richard Boukas

Diálogos Duo CD Tracks

DIÁLOGOS DUO at their New School concert performing "Diálogos for Bass Clarinet and Guitar". CLICK PICTURE for audio & video.

DIÁLOGOS DUO at their New School concert performing "Diálogos for Bass Clarinet and Guitar". CLICK PICTURE for audio & video.

DUO BRASILEIRO (Boukas and Gustavo Amarante) performing at Oceanside Library. CLICK PHOTO FOR LIVE TRACKS.

DUO BRASILEIRO (Boukas and Gustavo Amarante) performing at Oceanside Library. CLICK PHOTO FOR LIVE TRACKS.

Jacob do Bandolm, circa 1955.

Jacob do Bandolm, circa 1955.

Bassist Gustavo Amarante of 
Duo Brasileiro. CLICK PHOTO for PAGE

Bassist Gustavo Amarante of Duo Brasileiro. CLICK PHOTO for PAGE

QUARTETO MODERNO LIVE CD

© 2019 Richard Boukas