If you recently heard a new piece of instrumental music by way of a stunning music video, chances are Four/Ten Media was behind that project. Founded by Evan Chapman and Kevin Eikenberg – both percussionists and filmmakers – Four/Ten Media is in the business of creating artful, visually arresting music videos for instrumental artists and composers, particularly those working within the realm of contemporary classical music.
We at 21CM wanted to know how they do it. So, we teamed up with Four/Ten to commission a series of making-of documentaries that catalogue the process behind their shoots.
In the debut installment of this series, we dive into the world of Projeto Arcomusical, the sextet dedicated to the Afro-Brazilian musical bow known as the berimbau. With its origins in sub-Saharan Africa, this instrument made its way to Brazil and became an integral part of capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines acrobatics, dance and music.
Projeto Arcomusical – part of a larger nonprofit named simply Arcomusical – was co-founded by members Gregory Beyer and Alexis C. Lamb. The ensemble formed in 2013 to perform “MeiaMeia,” a work co-written by the two. Since then, the group has gone on to perform all over the United States as well as Brazil, spreading the story of the instrument and to commission new repertoire for their ensemble.
Projeto Arcomusical’s second studio album, “Spinning in the Wheel,” was released in March on National Sawdust Tracks. Featuring compositions by ensemble members and a suite by Elliot Cole, the album presents the berimbau as a versatile and mystifying musical force.
Four/Ten Media is producing music videos for multiple tracks on the album. In this making-of video, we go behind the scenes of the shoots for the fourth movement of Elliot Cole’s suite “Roda” and Kyle Flens’s “Echoes.”