This past November, I had the incredible opportunity to share my berimbau compositions with the percussive community at the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Projeto Arcomusical, the professional ensemble for Arcomusical, performed seven of the most recent works composed by Greg Beyer and myself for the Afro-Brazilian berimbau. Of these seven pieces, Descobertas por pau e pedra, Caída de quatro, and Mudança de onda were three of them. The performance was an unforgettable experience, and I was so thrilled and honored to be a guest artist at this year’s convention. I hope that the performance inspired other people to study berimbau and compose for their own creative outlet.
Projeto Arcomusical also toured around Illinois and Indiana prior to the PASIC performance, playing at DePauw University, Joliet Junior College, and Millikin University, to name a few venues. There were thirteen performances and clinics in total. By the end of the PASIC 14 tour, we sold all the berimbaus we had brought with us and scores of our compositions. I am looking forward to seeing other musicians performing these pieces soon!