New “Passort Series” launches Dec 15th

Because travel abroad has become challenging, Ensemble Iberica offers an enticing alternative. Our “Passport Series,” a four-part monthly online event starting January 2021, allows you to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the world from your home. Your hosts Ensemble Iberica’s artistic director, Beau Bledsoe and sommelier Aaron Fry will take you on an […]

October retreat to the Ozarks

Ensemble Iberica will take a 4-day artistic retreat in north Arkansas to study and record Turkish music October 4th – 8th. We will rehearse new material, partake in lessons from a Turkish classical music master, and make an on-site recording while archiving our process. Artists attending:Ezgi Karakus (Turkey)Amado Espinoza (Bolivia)Coleen Dieker (USA)Beau Bledsoe (USA)Rich Wheeler […]

Beau Bledsoe featured in KC Independent -By Paul Horsley

WEB OF TRADITIONS: GUITARIST FORMED LOCAL GROUP TO EXPLORE A MYRIAD OF STYLES Career and family: It is possible to have both, but it takes work. Guitarist Beau Bledsoe is a peripatetic soul by nature, and over the years he has explored the roots of music he loves through travels to Seville (flamenco), Lisbon (fado), […]

Ensemble Iberica outreach in Villa 31, Buenos Aires

During our recent patron trip to Argentina, Ensemble Iberica performed in collaboration with the Community Center of Villa 31 in a reviving area of Buenos Aires. This was Ensemble Iberica’s first international outreach program. Ensemble Iberica’s educational outreach coordinator, Norma Pacheco O’Neil, Artistic director, Beau Bledsoe, and guest artist Nadia Larcher performed with artists from the neighborhood.

Ensemble Iberica featured in Portugal’s Diario de Noticais

If there is a life in which the word fado makes sense, it is that of the musician Beau Bledsoe. He has learned all about the music and to play Portuguese guitar in Lisbon. He went back to Kansas City and every year returns, with Americans that come from Missouri and Kansas to Portugal … […]

Review of Ensemble Iberica concert “La Frontera”

NO WALLS AT THIS BORDERMireya Ramos and Los Texmaniacs Bring the Conjunto Sound to Kansas City by Patrick NeasKC Arts Beat editor I was feeling so happy and hopeful after hearing the most amazing concert last night featuring Los Texmaniacs and ranchera singer Mireya Ramos. Then I came home and scanned the news and saw […]

Ensemble Iberica releases 2nd live recording

BUY CD This recording features highlights from our 2017, 2018 and 2019 Concert Series. Ensemble Iberica records every concert, and this collection was edited down from approximately seventy hours of recordings in concert halls, theaters, and churches in the Kansas City area. Beau Bledsoe – guitars, Amado Espinoza – sikus, toyo, quena, Andres Ramirez – […]

Ensemble Iberica in The Pitch’s annual Best of Kansas City issue

by Pitch Staff Ensemble Ibérica’s artistic director, Beau Bledsoe, collects instruments from all over the world. He collects musicians, too. Bledsoe rounds up an eclectic core ensemble of guitarists, vocalists, and percussionists — local practitioners of Cuban, Spanish, Andean, Argentinian, and Mexican styles — as well as foreign guest experts like Mireya Ramos, of the […]

Ensemble Iberica to perform at Open Spaces Kansas City

Every weekend, from August 25 through October 28, Open Spaces visitors can explore a variety of art offerings at the Village in Swope Park. Take in a dance or music performance, grab a snack, enjoy family activities or browse through the pavilions designed by some of Kansas City’s finest architects. Although we’re thinking globally, we’re […]

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