Beau Bledsoe’s performances have been described as “…hot as a raging fire” by Drew Minter Opera News and “pointedly musical” by Paul Horsley The Kansas City Star. This stylistically diverse musician is equally comfortable on the concert stages of Europe and Russia as he is in the tango clubs of Argentina. He regularly performs and records with some of the greatest artists in Tango, Flamenco and classical music as he seeks to integrate different musical cultures with diverse audiences.
Beau studied classical guitar at the UMKC Conservatory of Music under Douglas Niedt where he received a Master of Music. There he continued his professional career in the fertile ground of the Kansas City music scene playing with jazz musicians, classical chamber musicians, and also participating in the burgeoning Latin music scene. It was at this time that Beau met many of the musicians that he performs with today including tenor, Nathan Granner, soprano, Victoria Botero, classical violinist, Gregory Sandomirsky, composer/pianist, Brad Cox.
His interest in exploring new repertoire, cultures and programming ideas has led to the creation of a large body of arrangements, transcriptions and compositions for the solo guitar and guitar chamber music. Beau has also worked extensively with the Guthrie Theater of Minneapolis, theBach Aria Soloists, Owen/Cox Dance Group, and the Kansas City Ballet. He is founder and director of the Turkish jazz ensemble Alaturka and the independent record label Tzigane, which is home to ten of Beau’s own recorded projects and many other fine artists. Most recently he has founded Ensemble Ibérica a group that performs the music of Ibéria (Spain and Portugal) and the colonial Americas while educating the public about Iberian cultural influence.
Through his many diverse projects and ensembles, Beau has had the great fortune of performing in almost every state in the United States. In addition, Beau has toured extensively in Mexico, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Turkey and Russia. His music is regularly programmed on Radio1 BBC, “ and “All Songs Considered” on NPR. His recording Yalnız by Alaturka received 4.5 stars and Best Albums of 2013 from Downbeat Magazine.
He is currently on the music faculty at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and has continued his musical studies with Spanish flamenco masters Antonio Andrade and Pedro Cortes and with Portuguese fado masters António Parreira and Sidónio Pereira. Beau has become an avid performer of Portuguese fado and was recently invited to perform at the Madrid Fado Festival in Madrid, Spain.
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