Educator Testimonials

"His artist residencies distill decades of educational and performing experience into cutting-edge pedagogy and inspirational performances of the highest musical and technical caliber. You’ll be astonished at the breadth and depth he can offer– from Brazilian, jazz, classical and early music to improvisation, guitar, vocal and aural skills, small ensemble to big band, and more!"

Malcolm Lynn Baker
director of Jazz Studies and Commercial Music
Lamont School of Music, Univ. of Denver
"Richard Boukas has dedicated more than thirty-five years of his career to the complex and multi-faceted universe of Brazilian music. As a fellow Brazilophile I find profound and comprehensive expertise evidenced in his performance practice, composing and arranging skills, and knowledge of history and repertoire. He brings complete musicianship, mastery of his topic, impressive organizational skills, and infectious enthusiasm to his lectures and workshops. He is a perfect example of an educator who began as and remains a talented, informed, and skilled practitioner, and who dedicates himself to sharing his knowledge in passionate and cogent presentations.

His three-day visit to UMFG included workshops and seminars on musical perception and improvisation, given in fluent Portuguese, which were extremely valuable and well-received by students and colleagues alike. We look forward to having him back."

Clifford Korman, D.M.A.
Professor of Popular Music Studies
UniRio, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
former faculty, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil

"Richard Boukas offered our students an incredibly inspiring residency. His workshops were well-designed and gave everyone a chance to experience Brazilian music first-hand through actual performance. The evening's concert was a great success, enlightening and infectious. It was obvious to all that he is world-class performer and educator.
We would love to have him return."

Mike Tracy
director of Jazz Studies
University of Louisville, KY

"Richard's workshops at CCM were really marvelous– informative, enthusiastic, and extremely engaging with our students– who left with a great sense of excitement about Brazilian music. He is a musician and teacher of the highest order."

Phil DeGreg
pianist, professor of Jazz Studies
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, OH

"Richard Boukas is an established expert on Brazilian jazz, and his clinics exhibited a contagious exuberance and passion for the music and the culture."

Chase Sanborn
professor of Jazz Studies
University of Toronto

"He is a true model for all young (and not so young) musicians, and has demonstrated, in the flesh, the meaning of comprehensive musicianship with his multifaceted excellence as composer, vocalist, instrumentalist and pedagogue. Thank you for a wonderfully inspiring week."

Ricardo Iznaola
Chair Emeritus of Guitar Department and Conservatory Division
Lamont School of Music, Univ. of Denver, CO
Richard Boukas at New School for Performing Arts concert "Spring Woodwinds and Guitars"

Richard Boukas at New School for Performing Arts concert "Spring Woodwinds and Guitars"