What is a berimbau?

The berimbau is the most well-known member of a large family of instruments known as musical bows. In fact, the name of our organization, Arcomusical, means “musical bow” in Portuguese!

In a thesis and subsequent articles, Artistic Director Gregory Beyer has written extensively about the berimbau’s traditions and practices in Brazil and about its African relatives throughout southern Africa.

To learn more about the many wonderful musical bow players around the world, check out our Performer Community page!