Music of Brazil will fill Albert Wisner Public Library next Friday evening

| 30 Sep 2011 | 09:31

Warwick - The Albert Wisner Public Library will present the John Arbo-Richard Boukas Duo on Friday evening, April 8, celebrating 'Music of Brazil.” The concert marks the 20th anniversary of Arbo’s and Boukas’ first collaboration on Brazilian music in Boukas’ Brazilian quartet, “Amazôna.” Brazilian music is a quilt of many styles such as the familiar bossa nova and samba but also the choro, maxixe, marcha, valso and baiao Boukas (acoustic guitar and vocals) and Arbo (double bass and vocals) will play and sing a variety of selections from this rich repertoire. Arbo has been a resident of Bellvale for 20 years. Active on both the upright and fretted and fretless electric basses, he has been the bassist for Les Paul and is a veteran of the Wood Herman band. He has worked with many singers, including Nell Carter, Tom Wopat, Ann Hampton Callaway and Nancy LaMott and toured with Liza Minnelli and presently with Tony Danza. He also had the bass chair in many Broadway shows, including “Cyrano,” “Miss Saigon,” “42nd Street,” “Good Vibrations” and “The Producers.” He recently appeared in the role of Jonas Fogg in the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of “Sweeney Todd.” He also teaches the bass at New School University in New York City. Boukas is an acclaimed guitarist, vocalist, composer, educator and journalist based in New York City as well as one of today’s most prominent exponents of Brazilian music. His collaborations with top Brazilian musicians include a 12-year association with Grammy-nominated pianist Jovino Neto. A key faculty member at New School University’s Jazz and Contemporary Music Program since 1989, Boukas has just received the prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award for his service to the university. Named “Best Brazilian Jazz Guitarist in the U.S.” by GuitarOne Magazine, he was guest professor at Brazil’s Campos do Jordão Festival. His several released recordings include: Balaio, Tudo de Bom, Amazôna, Embarcadero and Commitment. If you go Attendance is free but registration is requested. To register online go to or to register by phone call 986-1047 ext 3.