[2/25/17] Flamenco Pacifico

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La Peña Flamenca de Portland Presents:
Flamenco Pacifico
Saturday February 25th
Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:00pm
022517.bpt.me

Artichoke Music * 3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd * Portland OR

This February we welcome Flamenco Pacifico to Cafe Artichoke. Led by virtuoso flamenco guitarist and composer, Berto Boyd, Flamenco Pacifico brings modern flamenco compositions rooted in time-honored forms of traditional flamenco. With inspired dancing by Elena Villa and the passionate vocals and guitar artistry of guitarist/singer Grant Ruiz, and percussion by Terry Longshore, Flamenco Pacifico takes audiences on an unforgettable journey into the fascinating world of flamenco. www.flamencopacifico.com

Berto Boyd began his musical training on the piano at age 5 and has been playing guitar for 28 years. A rigorous musician and a careful researcher, Berto has studied in Spain and performed throughout the United States with some of the world’s finest Flamenco, Classical and Jazz artists. Born into a family of artists, which includes famed lead singer, Brandon Boyd of the multi-platinum band Incubus, he is one of the rare and few Americans who has dedicated his musical dreams to mastering the art of the Spanish guitar and composing original Flamencomusic. He recently relocated from SoCal to the great Pacific Northwest where he is now the Artistic Director of the Corvallis Guitar Society, the Musical Director of the newly formed group Flamenco Pacifico, and the owner of the international guitar instruction series, FlamencoGuitarClass.com.

The son of a bebop saxophonist, Grant Ruiz has played classical guitar since he was 10 years old. After studyingflamenco in Spain and with several renowned artists in the U.S., he became an active performer and teacher in Southern Oregon. Aside from classical music and flamenco, Grant has been influenced by jazz and rock music and Native American flute, which he studied with R. Carlos Nakai. He is a founding member of the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society based in Ashland, Oregon, having served alternatively as president, secretary, and treasurer, and is also on the Board of Directors. He is currently an adjunct professor of guitar at Southern Oregon University.

Terry Longshore is a percussionist based in Ashland, Oregon whose genre-crossing work balances the artistry of the concert stage with the spontaneity of jazz and the energy of a rock club. Whether collaborating with multi-media artists, composing live music for dance and theatre, or premiering works by today’s most ground-breaking composers, Terry Longshore brings a dynamic voice to every musical encounter. He is the founder and artistic director of percussion group Left Edge, and performs with flute and percussion duo Caballito Negro and flamencoensemble Dúo Flamenco. He holds the position of Professor of Music at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University where he directs the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensembles and teaches courses in Percussion, Music Business, and Contemporary Art & Music.

Elena Villa is an award-winning dancer whose passion for improvising to live music began with her first public belly dance performance as a young girl in the late 1970s. After being inspired by flamenco shows while traveling in France and Spain as a student, Elena began her flamenco training in Santa Cruz, CA in 1991. She later returned to Spain to study in Sevilla, one of the centers of flamenco. In her lifelong dedication to flamenco and Middle Eastern dance, Elena has pursued both cultural research and regular intensive study with master teachers from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and North America. An active performing artist and arts advocate in her adopted state of Oregon, Elena is the current Performance Coordinator (since 2007) and a principal dancer for the acclaimed Gypsy Caravan Stage at the Oregon Country Fair, one of the West Coast’s legendary belly dance venues. She also serves on the board of directors for La Peña Flamenca de Portland and appears in their productions as a featured soloist.