Professional ensembles led by composer-guitarist-educator Richard Boukas represent the rich diversity of Brazilian music, featuring both contemporary and historical repertoire– from original Brazilian Jazz and chamber compositions to Brazilian Songbook favorites and virtuosic gems of Brazilian Choro.
Four primary ensembles are represented below, each with their own variety of programs to offer:
Visit each ensemble's official page for live and studio recordings, video, bios and other content by clicking on the ensemble photo or the hypertext above.
For ACADEMIC PRESENTERS, artist residencies, workshops and master classes are available for all ensembles.
Below are select testimonials from recent presenters.
To discuss a future booking, CONTACT RICHARD BOUKAS.
Featuring acclaimed Boukas original compositions, favorites from the Brazilian Songbook and virtuoso gems of Brazilian Choro
"QUARTETO MODERNO's concert was a unique virtuoso performance. The audience was spellbound and in awe of the group's individual and collective intensity and brilliance on every imaginable level. Their music flowed seamlessly and effortlessly from one huge mountaintop to another, visiting all the valleys and dark caves in between. Even after knowing his talent for over 40 years, I continue to be astounded by what Richard Boukas is able to do as a guitarist and vocalist, and his challenging, forward-looking compositions set a new standard for contemporary Brazilian music.”
pianist and curator
Hudson Hall Jazz Festival, Hudson, NY
"Masterful guitarist, vocalist and composer Richard Boukas has been thrilling audiences for decades. He leads Quarteto Moderno, an extraordinary group of musicians dedicated to expanding Brazilian Jazz musical vocabulary. Their stellar performances highlight the amazing breadth of Brazilian music: from Samba and Bossa Nova to Choro and Baião– featuring fresh and exciting originals alongside venerable classics. The only thing a listener will come away wanting... is more!"
Jazz Forum Arts, Tarrytown, NY
"Quarteto Moderno led by Richard Boukas played a wonderful concert to a large outdoor crowd at Branford Jazz on the Green. Their performance demonstrated a mastery of Brazilian music, joyfully expressed in both original compositions and well-known Brazilian composers. Boukas’ guitar playing and vocals are virtuosic!”
Branford Jazz Festival, Conn.
"QUARTETO MODERNO presented a phenomenal performance at the Budarz Theater and was one of the best that we've ever had– filled with enthusiastic music lovers of all ages and thrilled with the quality of the performance and music. It was an absolute pleasure working with Richard Boukas, one of the finest guitarists and composers I have ever heard. I look forward to having Quarteto Moderno back at OPL."
Programming & Events Coordinator
Ossining Public Library, NY
"We acknowledge and greatly appreciate all the wonderful musical programs that your varied ensembles have presented at Queens Library over the years for our New Americans Program. They have all been very well-received and we look forward to future performances."
New Americans Program
Queens Public Library
"It was a great pleasure to host Quarteto Moderno as part of Rudin Management’s Summer Concert Series in NYC. The talent of the musicians is extraordinary, complimented by the expert dedication of composer/guitarist, Richard Boukas. Our audience thoroughly enjoyed their contemporary Brazilian music and I look forward to working with Richard and Quarteto Moderno for many years to come!
Special Events Coordinator
Rudin Management Company, Inc.
New York, NY
"QUARTETO MODERNO was one of the finest performances ever at Greenburgh Public Library. The musicianship was brilliant and the selection of pieces by contemporary Brazilian composers was exceptional. Richard Boukas is a world class guitarist who shares his knowledge as easily with the audience as he shares his joy in the music."
Greenburgh Public Library
" 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."
Director of Adult Programming
Bethpage Public Library, Long Island
" 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!"
Director of Community Outreach
Scarsdale Public Library, NY
" Duo Brasileiro captured the spirit of classic Brazilian music through their blissful sound and rhythmic beats. The audience learned about the rich history and stories behind the songs. The Oceanside Library was privileged to have them perform.”
Oceanside Library, Long Island
"The concert by DUO BRASILEIRO at the Freeport Memorial Library was absolutely exciting! Your performance was top quality and the rich melodic and spontaneous rhythmic sounds are a testimony to your great love of Brazilian music! Your exceptional performance makes a Sunday afternoon at the library a pleasure. Thank You!"
Freeport Memorial Library, Long Island