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Welcome to ARCOMUSICAL!

THANK YOU for joining our community! Arcomusical, an organization dedicated to the advancement of the Afro-Brazilian berimbau and related musical bows, is built upon five pillars of activity:

Performance
Composition
Publication & Recording
Research
Community Building

In this very first monthly newsletter we have some great news to share: A Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant, an Innova Recordings album release, Chicago's Ear Taxi Festival, a series of Fall 2016 performances, a new instrument for sale and new compositions available, too!
Projeto Arcomusical will work with composer, Elliot Cole, to create "Roda" a new 15-minute work for berimbau sextet, thanks to the generosity of the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program.

Composition:
Projeto Arcomusical is proud to be a Chamber Music America 2016 Classical Commissioning Award Recipient!

This year, Projeto Arcomusical joins the ranks of the many outstanding chamber music ensembles in the United States that have worked closely with Chamber Music America to develop excellent new works of music. At our 2014 performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, we were fortunate to befriend Elliot Cole, who expressed a strong emotional response to our work. We will work with him over the coming season to create, "Roda," a fifteen-minute work for berimbau sextet. Roda refers to Capoeira Angola, the Afro-Brazilian martial game that prominently features the berimbau. "Roda" means wheel and as such provides ample poetry and inspiration through not just the musical canon of capoeira but also its deliberate use of the term as a metaphor for the "wheel of life." The decision to name the work is a nod of respect to this noble tradition. Indeed, Capoeira's inclusion of the berimbau in its practice is, in fact, largely responsible for the instrument's thriving culture today. 

Publication & Recording:
MeiaMeia is complete!
Projeto Arcomusical release in October

MeiaMeia is a twelve-work composition cycle composed by Projeto Arcomusical members, Gregory Beyer and Alexis C. Lamb. "MeiaMeia" means "Half (dozen) Half (dozen)" in Brazilian Portuguese, and represents our equal collaborative effort. Both Greg and Alexis composed a series of six works from solo through sextet. We recorded the music in May of 2015 with Aphorism Studios. This first album will be released on Innova Recordings and celebrated with a series of performances in the fall of 2016. Recording engineer Dan Nichols created a preview track that you can hear on our SoundCloud page. 

Listen to the preview track
Performance:
Projeto Arcomusical Fall 2016!

Highlights of our Fall 2016 performance season include a presentation at the inaugural Ear Taxi Festival, and an official album release show at Constellation Chicago. We hope to see you there!
 
Research:
Crafting a berimbau with David "Snappy" White 
This past weekend (July 16-17, 2016) Greg, Alexis, Danna, and Kyle traveled to Janesville, Wisconsin to spend time in the home of expert woodworker, David "Snappy" White. White is the creative force behind the Arcomusical musical bows that Projeto Arcomusical used exclusively on our album, MeiaMeia. There, we were treated to a lively and in-depth explanation of the incredibly detailed work that White puts into each and every musical bow. From planing and laminating the wooden slats; to band sawing the shape of the tuning peg extension; to an incredible array of tools used to rip, sand, and polish the wood; we learned about every step in the process with the meticulous detail that is White's signature personality trait. Aside from being an unrelenting perfectionist, David is also an incredibly charismatic, humorous, and very classy gentleman. We could not be more proud to be working with someone who cares as much about his craft as we do ours.
View Instruments in our Online Store
Community Building:
The Ear Taxi Chicago Festival of New Music

October 5-10, 2016! Mark your calendars! Festival passes and individual tickets are on sale now!

Augusta Read Thomas and Stephen Burns, two charismatic leaders of the Chicago contemporary music community, are co-curating a six-day whirlwind festival that will include more than 300 musicians, 88 composers, 25 ensembles, 53 world premieres, and 5 sound installations.

Projeto Arcomusical is delighted to play a part of this community-wide event and will be performing at the Harris Theatre on the evening of October 8th.
Learn more about Ear Taxi!
Publications
Score highlight: 
ARCOMUSICAL: "Apenas seja" (2015) by Alexis C. Lamb
"Experience joy – experience Arcomusical."
- Rich Holly, Executive Director, Arts NC State

“…hauntingly beautiful music…”
- The Secluded Garden Music Series

"Gregory Beyer and Alexis Lamb have successfully and significantly extended the art of the musical bow in MeiaMeia."
- Jason Finkelman, Director, Global Arts Performance Initiatives, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Upcoming events:

Projeto Arcomusical at UIUC

October 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
UIUC School of Music, 
Urbana, IL 61801 United States 

Projeto Arcomusical at University Galleries

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
University Galleries, 
11 Uptown Circle #103 
Normal, IL 61761 United States 

Projeto Arcomusical at Tre Kronor

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tre Kronor Restaurant, 
3258 W Foster Ave 
Chicago, IL 60625 United States

Arcomusical performs on the Ear Taxi Festival!

October 8 @ 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm
Harris Theatre, 
205 East Randolph Street 
Chicago, IL 60601 United States
 

MeiaMeia release show at Constellation

October 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Constellation, 
3111 N Western Ave 
Chicago, IL 60618 United States
Thank you for reading!

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Arcomusical
3925 South Pointe Dr Unit F
DeKalb, IL 60115
USA

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