FAQ: Berimbau?

FAQI can not live in a tropical climate like Brazil, but I want to play berimbau without risking cracking the verga so quickly.


A: It is. It does not dry out as fast as other wood.

Research with Dr. Greg Beyer on the Berimbau | My life as an NIU ...

 Greg and I have set a schedule where we each compose a new piece each semester for the instrument: we began with a duet, this semester I finished composing a trio, and then in future semesters we will compose quartets, quintets, and sextets, that...  Since then, he has commissioned composers for berimbau pieces, composed himself, and has used the berimbau in numerous musical contexts outside of capoeira, but with the traditions in mind. This project began with Greg’s own studies that he has done on the instrument, which was the subject of his doctoral thesis at Manhattan School of Music.  In his studies, Dr. Beyer created “Arcomusical,” which is his own publishing company and lifelong project.

Oceans of Rhythm brings international sounds to city

  1. Prossegue hoje, na Fundação de Educação Artística (FEA), o “Inverno Percussivo”. A mostra de concertos e oficinas envolvendo o universo musical da percussão traz, hoje, uma oficina – berimbau – e um concerto, que será realizado na Sala Sergio 
  2. Another favorite theme song from Brazil, Black Orpheus, featured an introduction on the berimbau (an African/ Brazilian stringed instrument that resembles a bow and arrow). While master percussionist Umara wailed on the Brazilian instruments and sang
  3. At first glance, the berimbau may resemble an archery bow, but the single-stringed percussion instrument has a long and storied history in Brazil, with roots extending to southern Africa. Dating back to the early 19th century, the berimbau has been