Diálogos Duo Repertoire
To date, Richard has composed eight suites, 84 movements for the acclaimed Duo featuring clarinetist Louis Arques. The largest body of contemporary Brazilian clarinet-guitar repertoire in the world, the Duo presents ARTIST RESIDENCIES which use their music as central curriculum for performance, study of Brazilian music, theory, composition and related disciplines.
Hudson Jazzworks Composer Series
This page is intended for:
• ensembles and soloists
• commissions and collaborations
• composer competitions, calls for scores
• educator and performance presenters
Richard has composed music for a wide range of chamber, jazz and choral ensembles, solo instruments (guitar, violoncello, woodwinds, marimba). His music synergizes authentic Brazilian genres with contemporary classical and jazz vocabularies, transcending stylistic barriers to achieve new through-composed forms.
Some of his commissions include:
• Sopros de Pernambuco
(clarinet quartet, Brazil)
• La Catrina String Quartet
• PUBLIQuartet String Quartet
• Berklee World String Orchestra
• Joe Carter Brazlian Duo (Flute & Guitar)
• Atlantic Brass Quintet
• Queens College Vocal Ensemble
• Modern Mandolin Quartet
• Lamont Saxophone Quartet
Richard is a composer member of:
Chamber Music America
His official publishing company is:
DIATESSARON MUSIC / ASCAP
Works by genre:
Guitar & Solo instruments
Scores are available for sale in both PDF and spiral-bound editions, including parts. For more details, go to his STORE.
Richard's listing on the Latin American Composer Database.
He also teaches private lessons for aspiring composers.
COMPOSER BIO (pdf)
Catalog of CHAMBER WORKS
"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."
Dr. João Luiz Rezende Lopes
Brasil Guitar Duo
Naxos recording artist
Director of Chamber Music, Hunter College of CUNY
"Richard Boukas' work as a composer and arranger is impressive! He writes with the broad experience of someone who has Brazil in his blood, with great naturalness and expertise."
Professor, Instituto Villa Lobos, UNIRIO
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
"If I didn't know Richard Boukas I would certainly think he was a Brazilian from Pernambuco. When playing his works, we observe the refinements of a well-crafted language which has a Brazilian identity extracted with a mastery of our culture."
Professor of Clarinet
Federal Institute of Pernambuco (IFPE)
Sopros de PE Clarinet Quartet
"Richard Boukas is equally as brilliant, prolific, determined and enduring as a guitarist, composer, bandleader and educator. I’ve known him for well over 40 years, and he still has the goods! View his presentation in our Online Composers Series that is generously filled with insights."
Co-Director, Hudson Jazzworks, NY
"Boukas is an absolutely amazing man of music- as a composer, a world-class performer and teacher of contemporary Brazilian music. He has completely absorbed this tradition, melding it with contemporary classical idioms to compose major works in a wholly new and different style. He is poised to receive major international commissions for new works."
composer, faculty, Queens College Copland School of Music
"Richard Boukas is indeed a special and individual musician. He plays, writes and feels his music with a unique passion. It might just be because he seems to understand and take joy in that his own is the fruit of so many musics- of which he understands and loves so well. His work is vibrant- full of craft and full of life."
composer, faculty, Bard College Conservatory of Music