About Caballito Negro
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.
About Terry Longshore
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. From concert venues in the Americas and Europe to flash mobs in Amsterdam, he has concertized and performed throughout the world. He is the founder and artistic director of percussion group Compás, and performs with flute and percussion duo Caballito Negro and flamenco ensemble Dúo Flamenco. He has performed extensively with ensembles Skin & Bones, red fish blue fish, Conundrum, and Sonoluminescence, among others. Longshore has performed numerous festivals including the Bang on a Can Festival in New York City, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, the Cabrillo Music Festival, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Festival of New American Music, the Britt Festivals, the Cycle of Percussion at the National Center of the Arts in Mexico City, and has been featured six times at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).
Terry Longshore has performed and studied internationally, including significant study of the classical music of India and Spanish flamenco. He can be heard on numerous CD and motion picture recordings and has premiered many compositions for solo percussion, chamber ensemble, and symphony orchestra. His recordings include the percussion music of Iannis Xenakis for Mode Recordings, music of percussion maverick William Kraft on Albany, and multiple CDs for Stanford University composer Mark Applebaum on the Innova and Tzadik labels. Terry Longshore is a Yamaha Performing Artist and an artist endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, and Remo Drumheads, and is a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Education Network.
Terry Longshore holds bachelor’s degrees from the California State University at Fresno (Business Administration – Computer Applications and Systems) and Sacramento (Music – Percussion Performance) and earned the master’s and doctoral degrees in Contemporary Music Performance from the University of California, San Diego. His teachers include Steven Schick, Daniel Kennedy, Swapan Chaudhuri, Ronald Holloway, David Glyde, Chuck Flores, and Kartik Seshadri. 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 Ensemble and Graduate Percussion Group and teaches courses in Percussion, Music Business, and Contemporary Art & Music.
About Tessa Brinckman
New Zealand flutist Tessa Brinckman has been described by critics as a “flutist of chameleon-like gifts” and “virtuoso elegance” (Gramophone), an “excellent…flutist” (Willamette Week) and “highlight of Portland” (New Music Box), who “play(s) her instrument with great beauty and eloquence” (Music Matters New Zealand). She enjoys a versatile career, having worked in many classical music ensembles and concert series in the United States, South Africa and New Zealand. Her orchestral and festival work includes the Oregon Symphony, New Haven International Arts, Oregon Bach, Oregon Shakespeare, Ernest Bloch, Bumbershoot and Astoria Music Festivals. She has recorded, composed and performed in major regional theaters across the United States and internationally, as well as for radio programming and TV commercials. Her most recent theatrical co-compositions and performances were for Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake, the music of which was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award in 2014.
In demand as a collaborator, performing on flute, piccolo, alto, contrabass and baroque flutes, Ms. Brinckman currently works with contemporary flute/percussion duo Caballito Negro, with master koto-player, Mitsuki Dazai, and a forthcoming new baroque ensemble, Next World Collective. She also performs solo concerts, composing new works that blend technology and traditions, while exploring contemporary geo-political themes. She has received local and international grants to present unique historic and contemporary chamber music programs, and has premiered numerous works by American composers. Ms. Brinckman’s composition for flute and string trio, “Glass Sky”, can be found on the critically acclaimed CD Glass Sky, and is featured in the South African documentary, Inner Landscapes (Climax Films), centering around Outsider artist Helen Martins and her Owl House creation. She has served on the faculties of Southern Oregon University and Rogue Community College, and teaches masterclasses in the USA and abroad./font>