• Tobias Wagner (b.1976)
  • Sextet
  • 2007

“Arpa” is a work for berimbau sextet that I commissioned from my colleague and friend, Tobias Wagner. Tobias is an incredibly gifted and versatile composer who is a veritable wizard in front of his home studio. His main instrument seems to be the sequencer and when we began work on this project, he took the time to make over 2 hours worth of sample recordings of me playing my berimbaus. He mapped a virtual berimbau onto his keyboard, gave much thought and consideration to the tuning concepts we had discussed, and set off to create one of the most breathtaking works for berimbau ensemble that exists. The work is a wonderful exploration of the possibilities of the instrument and is a veritable tour de force, presenting an incredible challenge to the performers in terms of synchronization between the parts. – Gregory Beyer

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