Diálogos Brazilian Duo

Louis Arques and Richard Boukas of Diálogos Brazilian Duo, which performs original Boukas compositions, Choro Classics and the Brazilian Songbook (MPB).

Louis Arques and Richard Boukas of Diálogos Brazilian Duo, which performs original Boukas compositions, Choro Classics and the Brazilian Songbook (MPB).

Diálogos for Bass Clarinet & Guitar

Louis Arques and Richard Boukas at Diálogos Brazilian Duo's performance of "Diálogos for Bass Clarinet and Guitar".

Louis Arques and Richard Boukas at Diálogos Brazilian Duo's performance of "Diálogos for Bass Clarinet and Guitar".

Duo Concert Programs

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In addition to performances featuring original Boukas compositions, the Duo offers programs including BRAZILIAN SONGBOOK and CHORO CLASSICS.

 

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" DIÁLOGOS BRAZILIAN DUO gave a fantastic concert here, THE BRAZILIAN SONGBOOK. The joy they took in performing was palpable. It was also very informative and educational– speaking eloquently about the different Brazilian composers and musical styles. We had very positive feedback from the patrons, and I would highly recommend this ensemble."

Josh Firer
Bethpage Public Library, Long Island

Louis Arques performing "Choro Branco" for Solo Bass Clarinet (Boukas).

Louis Arques performing "Choro Branco" for Solo Bass Clarinet (Boukas).

Louis Arques and Richard Boukas relaxing onstage before performing the seven-movement cycle "Diálogos for Clarinet and Guitar". CLICK PICTURE to buy COMPLETE SCORES of the work.

Louis Arques and Richard Boukas relaxing onstage before performing the seven-movement cycle "Diálogos for Clarinet and Guitar". CLICK PICTURE to buy COMPLETE SCORES of the work.

Maracatuque

Gafieira Suingada

Diálogos Score Editions

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complete Diálogos Duo SCORES and PARTS are available at the Chamber Music Scores Store.

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DIÁLOGOS BRAZILIAN DUO backstage before a recent performance of the BRAZILIAN SONGBOOK.
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DIÁLOGOS BRAZILIAN DUO backstage before a recent performance of the BRAZILIAN SONGBOOK. CLICK PHOTO for ARTIST CONTACT.

Duo News Update

• The Duo recently presented two acclaimed Brazilian Songbook programs at Scarsdale and Bethpage Public Libraries.

The Duo has concerts in late fall including Greenburgh Public Library.

•  They will be premiering Século (the new Richard Boukas eight-movement cycle) in Spring of next year.

" DIÁLOGOS BRAZILIAN DUO presented a fabulous concert here– a broad mixture of the Brazilian Songbook, Choro Classics and original Tribute compositions. Their educational information on each piece was brilliant and informative. The audience comprised of numerous Brazilians was mesmerized by the music that Richard and Louis played. Highly recommended!"

Claudette Gassler
Program Director
Scarsdale Public Library, NY

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COMPLETE
CONCERT Audio

High quality audio of the Duo's two premiere concerts of DIÁGOLOS original repertoire at New School for Performing Arts is now on this page. Each concert features one of the seven-movement cycles that comprise the complete work and has its own audio player. Recording and mixing is by John Cantrell, who has documented numerous Richard Boukas projects.

For original piece sequence and commentary,

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DIÁLOGOS FOR CLARINET & GUITAR

DIÁLOGOS FOR BASS CLARINET & GUITAR

"In the Diálogos Duo project with clarinetist Louis Arques, Boukas shows us his side as a chamber music composer– delving into a wide variety of styles from frevo and marcha to samba and batuque with complex thematic developments, tastefully done without ever losing the characteristics of each genre."

Jovino Santos Neto
Professor of Music
Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle WA
three-time Grammy nominee

Diálogos for Clarinet & Guitar

The Duo's New School performance of "Desafio and Recordação" from the seven-movement Boukas cycle "Diálogos for Clarinet and Guitar".

The Duo's New School performance of "Desafio and Recordação" from the seven-movement Boukas cycle "Diálogos for Clarinet and Guitar".

Diálogos Concert Videos

Below are select VIDEOS from the Duo's two premiere concerts, corresponding to the two AUDIO players above. Other clips from these concerts will rotate on this page.

To view COMPLETE VIDEOS for each concert (7), visit these two YouTube playlists:

DIÁLOGOS FOR CLARINET AND GUITAR

DIÁLOGOS FOR BASS CLARINET AND GUITAR

The clarinet and bass clarinet share a unique sonic connection with the guitar. They blend almost effortlessly, offering wholly new compositional possibilities. That said, it is indeed surprising how little contemporary music has been written for this most fertile of instrument combinations– no less music steeped in core Brazilian traditions. Boukas has demonstrated a keen penchant for the duo format, having collaborated with Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto, Croatian tambura virtuoso Filip Novosel and cellist Wendy Law.

Enter Diálogos Brazilian Duo (Diálogos means "dialogues" in Portuguese) featuring clarinetist Louis Arques from Grenoble, France and composer Boukas on guitar. Founded in fall 2016 explicitly to fill this repertoire void, Boukas began composing at the beginning of 2017. The result was two seven-movement works of through-composed pieces: Diálogos for Clarinet and Guitar and Diálogos for Bass Clarinet and Guitar.

These works represent a panoply of traditional Brazilian genres (ex. samba, baião, frevo, maracatu, valsa, marcha) synergized with contemporary classical and jazz vocabularies. Each movement is dedicated to a legendary Brazilian musician/composer who has had a profound impact on Boukas– including Villa Lobos, Radamés Gnattali, Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Guinga, Hermeto Pascoal, and Toninho Horta. Never having played Brazilian music before, Arques demonstrated an uncanny facility with Brazilian rhythms and Boukas' challenging, angular melodies. Boukas's guitar accompaniments range from the traditional to pianistic/orchestral in texture.

Diálogos Brazilian Duo's premiere performances of the fourteen pieces were in October 2017.

Boukas also recently composed Choro Branco for Solo Bass Clarinet– a clear reference to Bach's solo cello suites within the framework of the choro lento.

Diálogos Brazilian Duo has also developed innovative alternative programs featuring classics from Brazilian Choro and the Brazilian Songbook, otherwise known as MPB (música popular brasileira). Featuring this broad range of repertoire, Diálogos Brazilian Duo offers arts and academic presenters fresh horizons for evolving and astute contemporary music audiences.

Louis Arques is a multifaceted woodwind specialist from Grenoble, France. Apart from his performance on clarinets, saxophones and vocals, he taught in French music schools for ten years including the Paris Conservatoire. Moving to New York City in fall 2016, he completed his Masters at the Mannes Graduate Program in Performance and rapidly has become one of New York City’s in-demand charmber soloists and orchestral musicians: with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn (SOB), Mannes Orchestra in venues including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Louis also plays on Von Vittorelli’s replicas of 18th Century instruments. He is a frequent New Music collaborator, including composer Elizabeth Hoffman and Mannes American Composer Ensemble. He also performs with the New School Afro-Cuban Orchestra and with diverse jazz ensembles in notable club venues including Birdland. Louis will remain in NYC to continue two years of post-graduate study at Mannes.

Other Featured Audio

In addition to the complete DIÁLOGOS CYCLE (14 movements), two pieces are featured below.

CHORO BRANCO for SOLO BASS CLARINET, features Louis Arques in a Boukas composition which merges the Choro lento with Bach's solo suites for violoncello. 

The second piece, BANDEIRA SOLENE,  is from Boukas's third and new Duo cycle, SÉCULO  which contains eight movements. It is a centennial tribute to Boukas's father, Gus, who exposed Richard to classical masterpieces at an early age.

The Duo performing "Enganhoso" from the new Boukas composition cycle :Século".

The Duo performing "Enganhoso" from the new Boukas composition cycle :Século".

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