Wendy Law - Richard Boukas Duo

WENDY LAW and RICHARD BOUKAS

WENDY LAW and RICHARD BOUKAS

The Duo of cellist Wendy Law and guitarist Richard Boukas is an exciting new chamber music ensemble which synergizes vital Brazilian genres with Classical and Jazz idioms. The unique compatibility between cello and acoustic guitar in this cross-disciplinary context offers a wide creative scope for Boukas as composer/arranger, while showcasing Ms. Law’s virtuosity and affinity for Latin American-based repertoire. Boukas's vocals on certain pieces add a third thematic voice to the Duo and offer broader textural possibilities.

Some of the original compositions were written initially for violoncello and guitar, while others (including pieces for the acclaimed Brazilian Jazz ensemble Quarteto Moderno) were adapted. Some pieces include Boukas vocals as a second thematic voice. Their programs include also music for violoncello solo (hear recording of Choro Branco below, track 9), and duo interpretations of Brazilian composers including Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Guinga and Radamés Gnattali.

The Duo presented its debut concert at The New School, where Boukas is longtime educator and artist faculty.

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Wendy Law performing Boukas solo piece, "Choro Branco".

Wendy Law performing Boukas solo piece, "Choro Branco".

Live at The New School

The Duo taking their bows upon completion of their debut concert at The New School.

The Duo taking their bows upon completion of their debut concert at The New School.

Complete Concert Audio

all photography by Simone Caprifogli

all photography by Simone Caprifogli

Chorizinho

Chuva No Sertão

Noites Cariocas

Intrépido

WENDY LAW has appeared as soloist with renowned orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Russian Philharmonic and Juilliard Orchestra. She has performed throughout North America, including Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and Boston’s Jordan Hall. 
 
An active chamber musician, she has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Borromeo String Quartet and Arnold Steinhardt among others. Ms. Law is also a proponent of interdisciplinary arts, including performances of the Bach Cello Suites with the Juilliard Dance Ensemble choreographed by Igal Perry, VisionIntoArt, and The Core Ensemble. 
 
In addition to her active performance schedule, Ms. Law is a Teaching Artist at the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and founder/Artistic Director of the professional chamber ensemble Classical Jam. For more information, visit www.wendylaw.com.
 
Richard Boukas at The New School

Richard Boukas at The New School

"Wendy Law is one of the premier cellists in the world", Boukas says. "Her incredible virtuosity and rich sound offers me as a composer an unbridled freedom to create music of great depth and technical complexity. She plays with a fiery passion and artistic ownership of the music that is truly rare, and her instincts for interpreting Brazilian-influenced repertoire are impressive.

Besides our duo music, I plan on writing more unaccompanied cello pieces such as 'Choro Branco' (see audio player at left)."

Serenata

Boukas Baião

Choro Branco for Violoncello Solo

Samba P'ro Sérgio

Por do Sol

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