Arcomusical
Arcomusical

In 2001, Andrew Noble and I were studying at the Manhattan School of Music. Andy received my first ever request for a new work for berimbau. He delivered "Just Visiting," an excellent sextet in the disguise of a solo work. This very first work in the Arcomusical works catalog has spurred on over fifteen years of continued development of a repertoire that now includes over forty works.

Thank you, Andy.


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Arcomusical is an organization dedicated to the advancement of
the Afro-Brazilian berimbau and related musical bows.
Arcomusical’s activities form five pillars:

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Snappy and I

Snappy-Bau! Creating a New Instrument

Over the past few months, I have become closely reacquainted with an old family friend, David “Snappy” White, from Janesville, Wisconsin. Snap used to drive the Snap-On Tools truck around southern Wisconsin to sell excellent tools to professional mechanics in the trade. My father was one of those mechanics. Outside of the business, the two men and their families became friends, living only two blocks apart from one another.

In retirement, Snappy has become an expert woodworker and has set up a meticulous “shop” in his basement. He is constantly growing, refining techniques, and taking on new and interesting projects and challenges.

For one of his sons, Josh, and his grandson, Snap worked with his brother-in-law, Lloyd, to create a pair of traditional hunting long bows. These are gorgeously refined laminates that require a jig to mold and glue the multiple strips of wood in place.

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“Chip”, a Film Soundtrack

During the 2014 spring semseter, thanks to the videos of the duos and trios we had made available to the public via our YouTube channel, we were approached by Nancy Kiang, a NYC-based film director, to compose original music as a soundtrack for a short film she shot in South Africa. As the berimbau’s ancestors are found throughout southern Africa, the connection to that region was compelling and we naturally accepted the project. The themes composed for the film provided fertile ground for my compositions, Berimbau Duo no. 6 and Berimbau Quartet no. 1.

Good news for this project!

“Chip” has been selected for it festival world premiere in South Africa, at the Jozi Film Festival, February 20-22, 2015, in Johannesburg.

Additionally, it will have its US premiere at the Flathead Lake Cinemafest in Polson, Montana, January 23-25, 2015.

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"Hollow"
(2006) by Jeff Herriott

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"Berimbau Duo no. 1"
(2013) by Gregory Beyer

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"Berimbau Trio no. 1"
(2013) by Gregory Beyer

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"Caída de quatro"
(2014) by Alexis Lamb

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"Berimbau Quintet no. 1"
(2014) by Gregory Beyer

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"Repercussio"
(2006/2008) by Alexandre Lunsqui