EPK (Electronic Press Kit)

“music that truly synthesizes traditions rather than simply flirting with them…ego-lessgenre-agnostic and without expectations; it’s the sound of the future, today
“listeners who seek to explore far-flung musical vistas might want to stamp their passport for a border-hopping trip with Arco Belo. ”
“not a crossover between “classical” and “jazz”, but fully in both, all at once…complex and compelling string arrangements…yet there is a spark in their playing that guarantees each performance will be different from the next”
“… the lushness and epic sweep of classical music, the edge of the Balkans, the rhythmic complexity of jazz and the vividness of a film score…a tour de force


Since 2016, the ensemble has performed for audiences across the US, including at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, and Brevard Music Center. Arco Belo has toured the West Coast and Southeast to critical acclaim, and won grants from South Arts / Jazz Roads, the Maryland State Arts Council and Chamber Music America’s inaugural Performance Plus grant, working with internationally acclaimed bassist and composer Linda May Han Oh. Their debut album, The Space Between Disguises was released in November 2019 and lauded as editor’s pick in both Downbeat and JazzTimes magazines. In 2023 they will release their long-awaited second album, featuring collaborations with bassist Petros Klampanis, violinist Sara Caswell, percussionists Keita Ogawa and John Hadfield, and Christylez Bacon.


Album | The Space Between Disguises

General Contact | Personnel

booking (at) arcobelo.com
Arco Belo is:

Simone Baron, piano & accordion

Carrie Frey, viola

Minnie Jordan, violin 

Raphael Boden, cello 

Eli Heath, double bass

Patrick Duke Graney, percussion

Lucas Ashby, percussion

special guests:

Christylez Bacon, beatbox, spoken word

Petros Klampanis, double bass

Sara Caswell, violin 

Keita Ogawa, percussion

John Hadfield, percussion

Mark Schatz, banjo and bass

Educational Offerings

Arco Belo is dedicated to working with emerging composers, performers, and audiences. They have given concerts and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students at institutions including Georgetown University, the Boulanger Initiative’s inaugural board retreat, the Composers Online Institute, and elementary, middle and high school programs across the country.

The following classes and workshops are offered as stand-alone events or in combination with public performances:

  • Hands-on workshops, coachings and masterclasses for composer-performers of varying levels on contemporary repertoire and techniques with an emphasis on genre-fluid improvisation, dramaturgical approaches to more open improvisations, and crafting solo cadenzas  * ( see below for details)
  • Readings, workshops, and recordings of student composer works at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Graphic score notation workshops * (see below for details)
  • Pre-concert talks / Post-concert talkbacks
  • Seminars on entrepreneurship and professional development
  • Hands-on workshops focusing on the collaborative/creative process, including samples from notation explanations, and staging demonstrations
  • Demonstration of active listening techniques, with live interpretation of graphic and/or text scores and discussion of music as a medium for communication
  • Public or private chamber music coachings or masterclasses

Public or private individual instrument lessons and studio masterclasses in violin, viola, cello, accordion, piano, bass, drum set & percussion



The ensemble offers reading sessions and feedback meetings with student composers, discussing a wide variety of topics ranging from notation, fluid compositional forms, and textural/instrumental possibilities to multimedia integration. 


A holistic and multi-pronged approach to improvisation targeted specifically for classical or jazz performers at high school and undergraduate levels:

-developing your own cadenzas

-investigating dramaturgical approaches to free improvisation

-theatrical and performance art aspects of free improvisation

-growing and strengthening our relationship with groove/time through  groove meditation exercises and polyrhythmic exercises 

-soloing over complex subdivisions/odd meters while maintaining melodic construction and space


How to unlock / demystify the role of the composer? Graphic notation can empower everyone to connect to their inner creativity.

Participants are handed paper and coloring materials and guided to represent an improvised sound/gesture in two dimensional form. The ensemble then workshops and performs the scores. Participants are invited to the performance, where the ensemble will perform one of the pieces from the workshop live in the concert. 

Note: This workshop has been offered to a wide variety of age groups and is highly customizable


One Sheet | PDF
Past Appearances / Press / Full Biography etc | PDF
Downloadable EPK | PDF
Technical Rider & Stage Plot | PDF

we’re grateful to have received support from the following institutions: