Arcomusical
Arcomusical

“It doesn’t take a lot to make beautiful music—in fact, sometimes all it takes is one single string.”

-Maggie Molloy, Second Inversion, December 5, 2016

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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:

About Arcomusical
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Projeto Arcomusical is proud to be a Chamber Music America 2016 Classical Commissioning Award Recipient!

This year, Projeto Arcomusical joins the ranks of the many outstanding chamber music ensembles in the United States that have worked closely with Chamber Music America to develop excellent new works of music via CMA’s Classical Commissioning Program. At our 2014 performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, we were fortunate to befriend Elliot Cole, who expressed a strong emotional response to our work. We will work with him over the coming season to create, “Roda,” a fifteen-minute work for berimbau sextet. Roda refers to Capoeira Angola, the Afro-Brazilian martial game that prominently features the berimbau. “Roda” means wheel and as such provides ample poetry and inspiration through not just the musical canon of capoeira but also its deliberate use of the term as a metaphor for the “wheel of life.” The decision to name the work is a nod of respect to this noble tradition. Indeed, Capoeira’s inclusion of the berimbau in its practice is, in fact, largely responsible for the instrument’s thriving culture today.

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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