Rafael Marino Arcaro

Flamenco Study Para Quarteto de Percussão

Electronic Language International Festival

Musical work for percussion quartet of two marimbas and two vibraphones. The piece is inspired by the melodies and rhythms of Spanish Flamenco, as in the pathos of Flamenco, where each section of the work is a variation on the same melodic material in different rhythms and expressiveness. However, in this work, the melodic material is dissected, creating an asynchronous polyphonic texture. The recording in the exhibition was performed by percussionists studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under the internationally acclaimed conductor and percussionist Colin Currie.

Rafael Marino Arcaro was born in 1990. He is a Brazilian composer of contemporary music who lives and studies in London, UK. Arcaro has just finished his Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is now studying for his doctorate at the Guildhall School of Music at the Barbican Center in London. Rafael’s compositions are polyphonic and have highly complex rhythms. However, his music is accessible and sometimes humorous. He is a recipient of the Ismena Holland Prize Scholarship and the Lena SB Pritchard Green Award and has worked with internationally renowned musicians such as Colin Currie, Zubin Kanga, Vitor Noah, Giacomo Susani, the Chroma Ensemble, and others.