“From the US to Brazil and Back Again: Taking the Berimbau Full Circle” Projeto Arcomusical performs and trains in Brazil

In July 2015, Projeto Arcomusical spent three weeks in Brazil, performing MeiaMeia and training capoeira Angola. Below is a series of photos from that trip, dated in chronological order. These photos accompany the following story…   From July 3 to December 3, 2015, I had the absolute pleasure of spending five months in Brazil, four of […]

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Projeto Arcomusical BH and the Swazi musicians!

Projeto Arcomusical BH goes to Africa

Images alone cannot suffice to summarize the series of incredible experiences I had during my first trip to Africa to share the Arcomusical berimbau repertoire and to study African musical bows. After an incredible week at the Bow Music Conference: I spent another week traveling through Mozambique, Cape Town, and Durban to spend time […]

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Cover from Fulbright letter

News from the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board!

On Christmas Eve 2014, I received a letter from the William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. It began: “On behalf of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, I am pleased to congratulate you on your selection for a Fulbright award to Brazil.” I am thrilled to report that I will be spending the second half […]

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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 […]

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Wilcoxon no. 27

Happy New Year 2015!

As a means to develop dexterity and control, I have always enjoyed the idea of playing Wilcoxon’s rudimental etudes on the berimbau. As a first musical offering for 2015, here is a single pass (slowly!) through Wilcoxon no. 27.    

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