Mudança de onda (2014) – berimbau quintet
Mudança de onda (or “Wave shift”) is the fourth piece I have written for Projeto Arcomusical. Similar to my other berimbau compositions, this work focuses and expands on a singular motive throughout. Prior to writing Mudança I spent two weeks in the Mediterranean with my family, during which I stayed four days in the heart of Rome, Italy. In Rome, one cannot ignore the omnipresence of ambulance sirens flying through the streets. That sound reignited my fascination with the Doppler “effect” or “shift.” The rhythmic cloud of the opening gesture and the frequent glissandi found throughout this quintet are rooted in the memory of that exotic urban experience. The Northern Illinois University Bau-House’s recent performances of Alexandre Lunsqui’s berimbau sextet, Repercussio, were also “shifting” through my mind during the composition of this quintet.
Mudança de onda is released on the album MeiaMeia: New Music for Berimbau from Innova Recordings. Score and album are both available for purchase at www.arcomusical.com.