“The Projeto Arcomusical residency at MSU was a tremendous chance for student composers to experience firsthand the process of working with this one-of-a-kind ensemble. Students learned how to write idiomatically for the instrument, witnessed the group’s engagement with their musical ideas, and experienced their thoughtful and exacting rehearsal process. Projeto Arcomusical’s musicianship inspires us all to reach further with the music we write.”
– Alexis Bacon, Assistant Professor of Composition, Michigan State University
The principal activity that fulfills the Arcomusical mission of spreading the joy of the berimbau is in our active development of a rich, deep, repertoire for tuned berimbau ensemble. For that reason, our educational residencies are at their very best when they include interactive composer workshops. We work in advance with composition faculty and students at universities to prepare them ahead of time to write sketches for us to read, record, and workshop during our residency. Arcomusical has developed a multi-faceted Composition Guide for the composers with whom we work and this gives interested composers an enormous head-start in what may otherwise seem like a daunting and unknown musical ensemble for which to compose.