What is BARBA about? Who are Carlos & Kim?

Carlos celebrating our latest milestone.
Kim celebrating our latest milestone.

BARBA is a full-length musical celebrating the life of Brazilian-born Fernando Barbosa “Barba” Ferraz, the creator of the world-renowned body percussion ensemble Barbatuques, who discovers he has an extraordinary gift for rhythm and creating music. After a prolific creative trajectory, Barba is rendered profoundly disabled following surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. This virtuosic musician dedicated to rhythm now finds himself dysrhythmic, out of sync.
Based on a true story.

CARLOS BAUZYS is a composer, arranger, music director, conductor and music educator from São Paulo, Brazil. Bauzys is the composer, orchestrator and musical director of the musicals: Aparecida – Um Musical, Isaura, O Pífaro, Aladdin, Silêncio em Apuros, Bichos do Mundo and Kin Con Krof. Musical director and conductor of several first-class musical theater shows in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), highlighting: Summer – The Donna Summer Musical, Zorro, Sunset Boulevard, Peter Pan, The Producers, Singin’In The Rain, Man Of La Mancha, R&H Cinderella, The Drowsy Chaperone, Hello Dolly, Grey Gardens and La Cage Aux Folles. Carlos is also the musical director and arranger for Disney Plus Brazil on the project Uma Garota Comum (2023). 

Bauzys also served as Co-Musical Director of Barbatuques (world-famous Brazilian body percussion group). He was the first Brazilian to be awarded a Full Tuition Scholarship in the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU. Bachelor in Composition and Conducting at the Institute of Arts UNESP.


Kim Bixler is a songwriter, author, playwright and public speaker from Southern California. Kim has authored and edited several books, including her latest: Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House. Kim graduated with a BA from Cornell University and recently completed her MFA at NYU Tisch’s Musical Theater Graduate Writing Program ‘23 (Cycle 32). For more details about her musicals, plays, animations, songs and monologues check out: www.kimbixler.com
Learn about her recent musical midlife crisis in The Beach Reporter. Check out some of them here (musical projects CLICK LINK HERE).


Doing research at Open Jar Studios
Graduation from NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Radio City Music Hall, NYC.
Composing songs at Goodspeed Retreat