Contemporary Brazilian Music
Diálogos for Clarinet & Guitar
Duo Concert Programs
" DIÁLOGOS 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."
Bethpage Public Library, Long Island
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:
Marchinha da Esperança
Duo News Update
• The Duo recently presented two acclaimed Brazilian Songbook programs at Scarsdale and Bethpage Public Libraries. Upcoming performances include Greenburgh Public Library (Westchester) on December 2. See CALENDAR for details.
• Louis Arques and Richard Boukas are now members of the International Clarinet Association.
• The new Richard Boukas composition cycle "A Dozen Choro Tributes" will be premiered in Spring 2019 and be their second CD release in the fall.
• Richard Boukas is currently composing his latest multi-movement work for the Duo, "Impressions of Minas", featuring tributes to legendary composers from the state of Minas Gerais: Toninho Horta, Milton Nascimento, Sérgio Santos, Juarez Moreira, Ary Barroso among others.
all photos by Chesher Cat
New Debut CD Release!
The Duo's debut LIVE CD release, "Homages to Brazilian Masters" will be available in early November.
It features three major works by Richard Boukas:
• Diálogos for Clarinet and Guitar (7 mvmts)
• Diálogos for Bass Clarinet and Guitar (7 mvmts)
• Choro Branco for Bass Clarinet Solo
LISTEN to the entire CD in the MUSIC PLAYERS.
ADVANCE ORDERS of the CD can be purchased at the STORE below.
For a brief time, Shipping is FREE.
a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD version available on this site will also be released.
Diálogos for Bass Clarinet & Guitar
Choro Branco for Bass Clarinet Solo
DIÁLOGOS DUO DEBUT CD featuring 15 tracks of Richard Boukas Brazilian compositions. Featured works are: "Diálogos for Clarinet and Guitar","Diálogos for Bass Clarinet and Guitar"and "Choro Branco for Bass Clarinet Solo". Recorded live at New School for Performing Arts, NYC.
"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
The clarinet and bass clarinet share a unique sonic connection with the guitar. They blend effortlessly. That said, it is indeed surprising how little contemporary music has been written for this fertile instrument combination– no less music steeped in core Brazilian traditions.
Founded in fall 2016, Diálogos Duo (Diálogos means "dialogues" in Portuguese) features clarinetist/bass clarinetist Louis Arques from Grenoble, France and guitarist-composer Boukas- who has composed five multi-movement ( ) works for a total of over forty pieces.
• Diálogos for Clarinet and Guitar (7) 2017
• Diálogos for Bass Clarinet and Guitar (7) 2017
• A Dozen Choro Tributes (12) 2018
• Século (8) 2018
• Impressions of Minas (in progress)
These works represent a panorama of traditional Brazilian genres (ex. samba, choro, baião, frevo, guarânia, maracatu, valsa, marcha, toada) synergized with contemporary classical and jazz vocabularies. Most of these compositions are direct tributes to illustrious Brazilian composers and musicians including Villa-Lobos, Radamés Gnattali, Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Guinga, Hermeto Pascoal, Sérgio Santos and Toninho Horta.
The premiere of A Dozen Choro Tributes will be in spring 2019 and comprise their second CD release.
Apart from their original repertoire, the Duo has also developed innovative alternative programs featuring classics from the Brazilian Songbook (known as MPB– (música popular brasileira).and Choro Classics, presenting Brazil's virtuosic popular chamber music. Visit their PROGRAMS PAGE to hear audio tracks from these two programs.
Presenting this broad range of repertoire, Diálogos Duo offers arts, community and academic presenters fresh horizons for today's evolving and astute contemporary music audiences.
Louis Arques is a multifaceted woodwind virtuoso from Grenoble, France. He taught in French music schools for ten years including the Paris Conservatoire. Moving to New York City in fall 2016 to pursue his MA at Mannes/New School for Performing Arts, he has rapidly become one of New York City’s most in-demand chamber soloists and orchestral musicians– including the String Orchestra of Brooklyn (SOB), Mannes Orchestra (Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall) and co-founded Brooklyn-based NewOrch with violinist Daniel Zinn. He is a frequent New Music collaborator, including composer Elizabeth Hoffman and Mannes American Composer Ensemble. He also performs Afro-Cuban music with Grupo Irek, Sonido Costeño, New School Afro-Cuban Orchestra and with diverse jazz ensembles in club venues including Birdland. Louis plays early music on Von Vittorelli’s replicas of 18th Century instruments and is an artist endorsee for Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces.
" DIÁLOGOS 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!"
Scarsdale Public Library, NY