Diálogos Duo Repertoire

To date, Richard has composed nine suites, 100 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 implement their music as core curriculum for Brazilian music performance, composition, theory, ethnomusicology 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 (New Mexico)
• PUBLIQuartet String Quartet (New York City)
• Berklee World String Orchestra (Boston)
• Joe Carter Brazilian Duo (Fairfield, CT)
• Atlantic Brass Quintet (MD)
• Queens College Vocal Ensemble (NYC)
• Modern Mandolin Quartet (CA)
• Lamont Saxophone Quartet (CO)

Richard is a composer member of
Chamber Music America

His official publishing company is:

Works and PAGES by genre:

Chamber music
Choral Music
Brazilian Jazz
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.

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Colleague Commentaries

"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."

Pedro Aragão
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."

Crisóstomo Santos
Professor of Clarinet
Federal Institute of Pernambuco (IFPE)
Sopros de PE Clarinet Quartet
Recife, Brazil

"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."

Armen Donelian 
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."

Bruce Saylor
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."

George Tsontakis
composer, faculty, Bard College Conservatory of Music