Boukas, Richard

Richard Boukas

Richard Boukas
BA, Music Theory and Composition, New York University
Part-Time Faculty, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

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Areas of Expertise:
Brazilian music, jazz, world music
Richard Boukas is an acclaimed guitarist, vocalist, composer, educator, and journalist and 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 Santos Neto, bassists Nilson Matta and Rogério Botter-Maio, and drummers Paulo Braga and Portinho. Mr. Boukas frequently performs solo and with his ensemble, Quarteto Moderno.

Mr. Boukas has been a key faculty member at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music since 1989 and recently received The New School’s Distinguished Teaching Award for 2010. He is a frequent solo artist and clinician at universities nationwide. Named “Best Brazilian Jazz Guitarist in the U.S.” by GuitarOne magazine, he was a guest artist and professor at Brazil’s esteemed Campos do Jordão Festival and former Chair of Brazilian Music for the International Association for Jazz Education. A composer of jazz, Brazilian music, and classical instrumental, chamber, and choral music, he has fulfilled commissions for the Modern Mandolin Quartet, the Atlantic Brass Quintet, his own ensembles, and classical guitarist Ricardo Iznaola.
Courses Taught:
  • Brazilian Jazz Ensemble
  • Brazilian Choro Ensemble
  • Ear Training, Levels 1B, 2A, 2B
  • Improvisation Ensembles
  • Guitar Sight-Reading, Level 2
  • Choral Musicianship
Recent Publications:
Balaio (duo with Jovino Santos Neto) (CD)

Tudo de Bom (with Hermeto Pascoal’s Calendário do Som) (CD)

Amazôna (CD)

Embarcadero (CD)

Commitment (CD)

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