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Welcome back 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

We are delighted to offer you our second newsletter. Let's get started!

Composition:
Road Trip! Projeto Arcomusical heads to New York City to support CMA Classical Commissioning Grant with composer Elliott Cole.

Just last month, Chamber Music America announced its Classical Commissioning Awards. Projeto Arcomusical is delighted to be a recipient to facilitate a new work from composer Elliott Cole, something that the group has been imagining since 2014. On September 17th and 18th, Alexis Lamb, Kyle Flens, and Greg Beyer will travel out to New York City to spend a weekend with Elliott and to start this collaboration in earnest. Our next newsletter will share details of this auspicious beginning!

Publication & Recording:
MeiaMeia pre-release albums available!

As Projeto Arcomusical gears up for its October release of MeiaMeia on Innova Recordings, we are absolutely delighted to announce that pre-release copies are now available for newsletter readers directly through our website. MeiaMeia sounds absolutely fantastic and we are extremely proud and excited to share it with the world. 

Performance:
MeiaMeia Release Party at Constellation, Chicago, Sunday, October 23, 8:30PM!

In support of MeiaMeia, Projeto Arcomusical will be performing a series of concerts and workshops throughout the month of October. We would be thrilled if you would join us for our official MeiaMeia release event! Please mark your calendars and pick up tickets for what we promise will be an unforgettably beautiful musical experience on Sunday evening, October 23rd, at 8:30PM, at Chicago's wonderful and intimate music venue, Constellation. 

Research:

Naná Vasconcelos (1944-2016) "O Berimbau"


Naná Vasconcelos passed away earlier this year. His passing marks the end of an era but his spirit lives on in multiple generations of musicians touched by his special musical voice. When, in the late 1990's while living in New York City, the powerfully magical sounds of "O Berimbau" from his solo ECM release, Saudades, unexpectedly hit my ears, I instantly became entranced by the voice of the berimbau in the hands of a master. I didn't realize at that time that nearly twenty years later I'd still be entranced, still be following the call of an instrument that beckoned me to take up a journey. With "O Berimbau" I cut my teeth on the musical bow and it has now become one of the foundational works that I share with my students when teaching them how to play musical bows. Naná's effortless mastery of the berimbau represents to me a certain pinnacle of technical and musical virtuosity. In 2007, I had the opportunity to spend a few days with Naná and his family at their home in Recife, Pernambuco. In Percussive Notes, I published an interview with Naná at that time. Therein, I share excerpts of my transcription of "O Berimbau,"  and other noteworthy Naná berimbau recordings in the hopes that others might appreciate and assimilate his musical language.
View more scores in our online works catalog!
Community Building:
Ethnomusicologist Richard Graham kicks off new Musical Bow Facebook group

Ethnomusicologist, author, and musical bow specialist, Richard Graham, did something incredibly special earlier this summer: he started a Facebook group "Gourd and Mouth Resonated Musical Bows" to bring together a global community of artists, scholars, and enthusiasts to share and discuss a common passion for musical bows. Almost daily, Richard delivers some new treasure of historical information or of recent activity that sheds light on this diverse family of instruments. The group now has 155 members and is growing steadily. Graham is the author of "Technology and Culture Change: the development of the "berimbau" in Colonial Brazil." This extremely well researched and well written document proves to be a very important source concerning the history of the Afro-Brazilian berimbau in the written and iconographic literature from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Yet in the Facebook group postings, despite the importance of his work, Graham prefers to keep his own musicianship and scholarly contributions under the radar, preferring instead to highlight the efforts and artistry of others. Arcomusical salutes you, Richard Graham, for bringing to light so much wonderful information about the musical instrument that we care about so deeply! 
Publications
Score highlight: 
ARCOMUSICAL: Gregory Beyer, Berimbau Duo no. 1 (2013)
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- Rich Holly, Executive Director, Arts NC State

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