Arcomusical is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to spread the joy of the Afro-Brazilian musical bow known as the berimbau through the development of an innovative, excellent musical repertoire. Arcomusical supports this mission through six pillars of activity: performance, education, composition, publication, research, and community. Although the berimbau is well-known in Brazil, most people in the United States are not familiar with its elegant simplicity. Arcomusical is changing that landscape. Arcomusical’s mission resonates with the words of civil rights pioneer Asa Philip Randolph: “Maybe our forefathers and mothers all came to this great land in different ships, but we are all in the same boat now. We all live in the same house. The American house.” Musical bows come
from around the world; their musical transformation
is happening right here in DeKalb, Illinois.

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“Clearly conceived and passionately performed.” – The WholeNote

“Sextet no. 2, “Traíra” is a masterpiece…” – World Music Report

“A jam session with a plan.” – I Care if You Listen

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Arcomusical had the pleasure of working with Four/Ten Media to create beautiful videos to accompany our second album release, Spinning in the Wheel. Not only did this result is a series of absolutely gorgeous music videos, Twenty-First Century Musician ( featured these videos in a special “making of” story. The video promotes both the excellent work of Four/Ten and helps us tell the story of our mission and what we stand for.

(2006) by Jeff Herriott

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

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

"Caída de quatro"
(2014) by Alexis Lamb

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

"Roda, mvmt 4, "Singing""
(2017) by Elliot Cole