Arcomusical
Arcomusical

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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Reflections on Naná Vasconcelos’ Inspiration

“É ele, é ele. É um Brazil que Brazil não conhece.”

Naná Vasconcelos (1944-2016) brought spirit and soul into everything he touched. He planted the seeds of inspiration for everything Arcomusical has become.

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Alexis Lamb receives Morton Gould Young Composer Award and performs at the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Awards

Arcomusical is pleased to share that Alexis Lamb is a winner of the 2018 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards for her berimbau composition cycle Meia. The six compositions that make up Meia are half of the twelve tracks on the album MeiaMeia (the term “meia” being Portuguese for “half-dozen”). Alexis was also selected to perform at the ASCAP foundation awards ceremony on Wednesday December 12 as a representative of the Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Out of Meia Alexis performed her solo composition titled Um só. The freelance music journalist Jim Bessman based in New York wrote a great review of the awards ceremony and in his blog titled Centerline. Everyone in Arcomusical is so proud of Alexis and all of her accomplishments. Go Alexis! ❤️❤️❤️

 

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"Hollow"
(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

"Repercussio"
(2006/2008) by Alexandre Lunsqui