Flutist Tessa Brinckman and percussionist Terry Longshore perform intercultural work, in a fearless, ecstatic blend of modern and traditional aesthetics. Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s poem, “Canción de Jinete (1860)”, the duo collaborates with many prominent, innovative artists, creating contemporary music that pushes the flute and percussion repertoire to new heights, and always in the spirit of duende.
An excerpt of our recording of William Kraft’s Encounters XVI:
Left Edge Collective is a new music organization founded and directed by David Bithell and Terry Longshore at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University. We compose, perform, improvise, create interdisciplinary projects, and host an annual festival of contemporary performance which focuses on presenting and premiering new works by members of Left Edge, works by nationally recognized guest artists, and collaborations between artistic disciplines.
Left Edge Percussion is a contemporary percussion group in residence at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, led by artistic director Terry Longshore. The group tours and performs throughout the Northwest and actively collaborates on innovative projects with composers and artists of various media. The members of the group have been featured around the globe at prestigious festivals, competitions, conferences, and workshops and bring a diverse array of influences and collective energy to the ensemble.
Recent Left Edge Percussion performances include the Center for New Music in San Francisco, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, Gold Lion Arts in Sacramento, Northwest Percussion Festival (Ashland, Eugene, Salem, Bellingham, WA, and Twin Falls, ID), Britt Music & Arts Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Shows, Hipbone Studio in Portland, Ashland World Music Festival, the Oregon Fringe Festival, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), in addition to regular performances at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University.
Based in the majestic state of Oregon, Flamenco Pacifico is a dynamic, professional performance group dedicated to bringing the art of flamenco music and dance to audiences in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Led by virtuoso flamenco guitarist and composer, Berto Boyd, the group’s guitar-driven performances feature original modern flamenco compositions rooted in the time-honored forms of traditional flamenco. With inspired dancing by Elena Villa, the passionate vocals and guitar artistry of guitarist/singer Grant Ruiz, and the percussion brilliance of Terry Longshore, Flamenco Pacifico takes audiences on an unforgettable journey into the fascinating world of flamenco.
The Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Terry Longshore, is dedicated to the performance of contemporary percussion repertoire and providing the members with a variety of percussive experiences. The ensemble frequently collaborates with notable composers on premieres of new works, and repertoire ranges from contemporary music to world traditions to jazz- and rock-inspired compositions. The ensemble gives several concerts every year at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, as well as many performances throughout the Southern Oregon community and the Pacific Northwest, and has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). The SOU Percussion Ensemble has self-released two CDs, “La Alma del Árbol – The Soul of the Tree”, and “Electric Rebel Poetry”, and is featured on the Innova Recordings label on two CDs of the music of Stanford University composer Mark Applebaum: “30” (2015) and “Speed Dating” (2018). The SOU Percussion Ensemble endorses Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.
Dúo Flamenco formed in 2007 out of a mutual passion for the art form of flamenco. Inspired by the sounds of Andalucía – the colorful province of southern Spain – the duo presents a dynamic combination of guitar, voice and rhythm. With Grant Ruiz on vocals and guitar and Terry Longshore on cajón (box drum), other percussion and vocals, the duo takes the audience on a journey through orange groves and olive orchards; arid, sun-drenched mountain plateaus; caves filled with gypsy passion; tiled courtyards with elegant, whispering fountains; and a history flowing with ecstasy and anguish. The natural sounds of voice and wood evoke times past when people sang their lives because they dared not speak of them openly.
Originally versed in several other styles of music both domestic and international, Terry and Grant were drawn to flamenco because of its fiery sound and driving pulse. Together they explore the range of emotion that flamenco provides in its music, from lyrical ballads to playful rumbas to the deepest of laments. This is truly music of the soul, but with a serious groove. The language of the cante (song) is Spanish, but you don’t need to speak it to feel the emotion behind it. And the audience is part of the performance in flamenco. As the performers reach for duende, a state of truth and inspiration, the audience is invited to reach with them, shouting out their approval and encouragement: “¡Olé!”
dynamic percussion duo known for its exciting and engaging performances utilizing an arsenal of exotic, found, and newly created instruments. whether generating ambidextrous jazz on vibes and marimba, collaborating with visual artists and choreographers, or hammering out polyrhythmic textures on “junk” one might find in dr. seuss’s garage, skin & bones brings a new dimension to contemporary music.