Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Will Lopes
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   self published
Edition:   NA
Voicing:   SSAA
Setting:   A Cappella


Jonathan Koplin
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

A native of Recife, Brazil, Will Lopes is a composer singer, pianist, and church musician in the Twin Cities area. I became familiar with Mr. Lopes’ musical abilities while we were graduate choral conducting students at the Universit of Northern Iowa a few years back. Bambulele is a setting of a Brazilian folk song about a Bambu tree. The arrangement is for four part treble choir, and along with having a great rhythmic component, the harmonies are laced with jazz elements. This is a fun up-tempo piece that I look forward to programming next year.

For sound files and excerpts of this piece and some of Mr. Lopes’ other compositions, please visit the website We are fortunate in our state to have many quality choral composers actively churning out repertoire. In order to maintain this resource, it is important that we support these musicians in our programming whenever possible.