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    The Duo plays a wide variety of music:

    - Classical Double Bass Repertoire (Baroque Sonatas, Classical Double Bass Concerts, most of Bottesini pieces, Modern/Romantic and          Brazilian pieces)
     - Many transcriptions from the work of great composers, like Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and others.
    - Special Chamber Arrangements for Brazilian Popular Music.

    - Original compositions by Francisca Aquino and Ricardo Vasconcellos.
                      Francisca Aquino and Ricardo Vasconcellos, at Casa Thomas Jefferson, in Brasilia 

                   In 1999's season The Duo has presented recitals at the Music School of Brasilia, at the University of Brasilia, at     Casa Thomas Jefferson, at the Federal University of Goias, at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, at ProArte and Villa-Lobos Conservatory  in Rio de Janeiro, at the University of Kansas-Missouri, and at the 99' International Society of Bassists Convention, in Iowa City, Iowa.

                  At the ISB Convention, they presented "Brazilian Popular Songs for Bass and Piano" to a very special  audience, which includes bassists like Frank Proto, Klaus Trumpf, David Neubert, Diana Gannett, Antonio Arzola, Tom Knifc, and others. You can know their opinion about...!

                                                                                                                                         The Duo at Music School of Brasilia 

                            The Duo has also given lectures/demonstration, workshops and  master-classes, exploring themes like Brazilian Music, Double Bass                       Repertoire, Arrangements and Instrumentation, Transcriptions for Bass and Piano, and others.

             Listen to two contrasting audio samples of  the Duo's live performance:

speaker.gif (1520 bytes) Excerpt from Rachmaninoff's Sonata (3rd movement) opus 19

speaker.gif (1520 bytes) Excerpt from Villa-Lobos'  "The little train of the caipira"

The partnership between Ricardo Vasconcellos and Francisca Aquino goes beyond the limits of instrumental performance,including several pieces of work on the grounds of arrangement and composition. From 1990 to 2000, both musicians have written over 60 arrangements ordered by instrumentalists and various institutions.

      "Brazilian Pop's" for Brasilia String Quartet - Nineteen Brazilian Popular Music titles, including Tom Jobim, Sivuca, Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, Pixinguinha and others.

      "Brasilianas" for Salomão Rabinovitz(violin) and Fernando Lopes(piano) - Five tracks for the couple's CD, including Gilberto Gil, Ernesto Nazareth, Dorival Caymmi, Pixinguinha, and Caetano Veloso.

      "Brazilian Popular Songs for Double bass and Piano" - Twelve Brazilian Popular Music titles, including Tom Jobim, Egberto Gismonti, Pixinguinha, Noel Rosa and others. The series includes a special version of H.Villa-Lobos' O Trenzinho do Caipira.

       "From Steel to Classical" - Ordered by Volta Redonda's town hall, including 2 arrangements for String Orchestra and 4 arrangements for Symphonic Band. Luiz Gonzaga, Chico Buarque, Egberto Gismonti, Baden Powell, Noel Rosa and Villa-Lobos were other selected authors.

       "Symphonic Legiao Urbana " - Symphonic versions of the gratest hits of the band from Brasilia, ordered by the National Theater Symphonic Orchestra/GDF to celebrate the opening of the project of Renato Russo's Memorial, in Brasilia. The arrangers participate in this project with "Eduardo and Monica" and "When the sun knocks on your door".

        "Amazon Alive" - Instrumentations for Soloist, Choir and  Symphonic Orchestra, for works from Cazuza(opening jingle), Caetano Veloso(An Indian) and Gilberto Gil(If I want to talk to God). The programe was broadcasted live by Rede Manchete. The songs were interpretated by Caetano and Gil themselves, accompanied by Choir and Opera-Brazil Orchestra, conducted by Sílvio Barbato.

        "Brasilia's 30th Birthday" - Orchestrations of songs of composers from Brasilia, ordered by the National Theater Symphonic Orchestra, for the commemorative concert Brasilia's 30th birthday.

        "Itamaraty's Cerimonial" - Since 1990, the couple of arrangers have written arrangements and adaptations of several nationality authors' songs, which are presented to the Heads of Foreign State officially received by the President of the nation, at the Palace of Itamaraty. Various music titles from Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, North-America, Bolivia and others.

        In July 1999 the work entitled "A Taste of Brazil", signed by the couple, was published by Ludwin Music Press, California, in its version for Double bass and Piano. The authors also published several other versions of this work for varied soloists (violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, and others) whose receptivity have been excellent by great musicians. "A Taste of Brazil" is already performed in and outside Brazil by musicians such as: Beth Ernest Dias, Celso Woltzenlogel, Naílson Simões/Maria Teresa Madeira, Mike Tracy (North-American saxophonist), and others. Ludmila Vinecka (violin) and Elza Kazuko (piano) have already recorded the work, which will be released on the Duo's next CD (Brazilian Music for Violin and Piano). Among others, these composers will be beside Villa-Lobos, Claudio Santoro, and Camargo Guarnieri.

        Percussionist Arthur Lipner, publisher and distributor of Mallet Works Music, recently included three of the couple's works for Marimba and Piano in his catalogue: A Taste of Brazil, Santa Teresa, and Seashore.