Diálogos Duo Residencies
Contemporary Brazilian Music
Since their founding in 2016, Louis Arques and Richard Boukas have been dazzling audiences with performances and educational residencies featuring Boukas's prolific Brazilian works and repertoire of illustrious Brazilian composers– from contemporary innovators Hermeto Pascoal and Guinga to Brazilian Songbook legends A.C. Jobim, Chico Buarque, Toninho Horta and Choro icons Pixinguinha and Jacob do Bandolim.
Their expansive body of repertoire, dynamic artistic synergy and Boukas's decades of Brazilian music expertise has ignited the keen attention of universities and festivals of contemporary Classical, World, Jazz, Latin and New music.
"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 and pedagogy."
Dr. João Luiz Rezende Lopes
Director of Chamber Music / Hunter College of CUNY
Brasil Guitar Duo / Naxos recording artist
Artistic & Academic Presentations
Residency Scope and Content
For universities beyond 150 miles from New York City, the minimum Residency length is two days.
Longer residencies are optimal for institutions located within four radius Zones, permitting the Duo to present a robust mixture of concerts, masterclasses, lectures and engaging the broader university community.
Although the primary residency focus may be working with Clarinetists (including doublers) and Guitarists- other instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, majors in theory, ethnomusicology and other curricular concentrations may participate in residency activities.
Available Residency Components include:
Duo concert open to the university community.
Repertoire features original compositions by Richard Boukas.
Student/faculty concert is held on the second (or final) evening of the residency. This maximizes the impact of Duo masterclasses and coaching sessions held prior to the performance.
Original and historic Brazilian repertoire is used as primary curriculum for performance practice, instrumental technique, sharpening rhythmic sense and ensemble skills.
Aural Skills, Sight singing, Brazilian music Theory, Composition
Brazilian music Ensembles focusing on specific genres and bodies of repertoire (ex. Choro, Brazilian Songbook, Brazilian Jazz).
Aural Skills, Composition & Arranging, Theory & Analysis, Composer/Genre Focus, Music History.
Duo presentation open to the university community including performance, demonstrations and Q&A about the repertoire used as the focal point for residency activities.
• ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT
Richard Boukas and Louis Arques meet with department chairs and faculty to discuss strategies for incorporating Brazilian music into their existing curricula.
Residency planning begins with an initial consultation to establish:
1) artistic and academic primary areas of interest
2) scope of activities
The consultation involves program chairs and specialized faculty in real time (in-person, phone, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp) and subsequent e mail.
Once primary residency components are identified, remaining details are discussed:
Timeframe, Academic schedule, Travel arrangements, accommodations, Artist honorarium, potential engagement of other area (Satellite) institutions.