Title

Arcomusical

Featured Performers 2021-2022

Concert

Wednesday, February 9, 2022  |  8:15 p.m.
Ford Hall

The Artists

Projeto Arcomusical is a world music chamber ensemble reimagining the Afro-Brazilian berimbau through a repertoire of unique, powerful concert music. Projeto Arcomusical formed in 2013 specifically to interpret MeiaMeia, the collaborative composition cycle co-composed by ensemble members Gregory Beyer and Alexis C. Lamb. MeiaMeia became Arcomusical’s first album in 2016, released on Innova Recordings. Arcomusical’s released its second album Spinning in the Wheel in 2019 on National Sawdust Tracks, accompanied by an incredibly beautiful collection of videos produced by Four/Ten Media. 

Arcomusical is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to spread the joy of the Afro-Brazilian berimbau and related African musical bows. Arcomusical’s mission is supported by six pillars of activity:

performance 
education  
composition 
publication 
research 
community 

What is a musical bow? 
Although the berimbau is a well-known instrument in Brazil, most people in the United States remain unaware of this instrument family and its elegant beauty and simplicity. Musical bows are the most popular and widespread traditional string instrument found throughout sub-saharan Africa, and the berimbau made its way to Brazil via the Transatlantic slave trade. The berimbau’s closest relatives are found in southern Africa, specifically in the Portuguese speaking countries of Angola and Mozambique. 

The Program

Plexus Louis Raymond-Kolkur (b. 1995)
Singularity Jeremy Muller (b. 1982)
Berimbau Solo no. 4, "Sakura Park" Greg Beyer (b. 1973)
Fios e linhas Greg Beyer
Berimbau Sextet no. 1, "Kora" Greg Beyer
Berimbau Sextet no. 2, "Traíra" Greg Beyer
Emigre and Exile Matt Ulery (b. 1981)