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 flamenco tablaos of Spain music as he seeks to integrate different musical cultures with diverse audiences.
Beau studied classical guitar at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance 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 the musicians and founded the groups that he still performs with today such as tenor, Nathan Granner, soprano, Victoria Botero, classical violinist, Gregory Sandomirsky, composer/pianist, Brad Cox, and Argentine Tango quintet Tango Lorca.
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, the Bach Aria Soloists, Kansas City’s new music ensemble, newEar, Owen/Cox Dance Group, and the Kansas City Ballet. He co-founded the flamenco music and dance school Manos Rojas, the flamenco dance groups Flamenco Mio and Al- Andaluz, Turkish jazz ensemble Alaturka,Portuguese Fado group Fado Novato and the independent record label Tzigane, which is home to six of Beau’s own recorded projects and many other fine artists.
He has served as music faculty at both Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas and Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri and has continued his own musical studies with such masters as Antonio Andrade, Miguel Rodriguez, Santiago Aguilar, Pedro Cortez and Luis Heredia of La Repompa de Málaga. His work in southern Spain, Istanbul, Turkey and involvement with the tango scene of Buenos Aires have cultivated a deep interest in the study of stylistic and cultural context that one cannot obtain from a solely academic environment.
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, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Turkey and Russia. His music is regularly programmed on Radio1 BBC, “Segovia a Yupanki” Radio Nacional Argentina, and “All Songs Considered” on NPR. Currently, Beau has become an avid student of Ottoman Classical Music and was recently invited to perform at the Flamenco en La Frontera Festival in Morón de la Frontera, Spain.
MICHAEL McCLINTOCK studied classical guitar at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Douglas Niedt where he obtained a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance and acted as president of the UMKC Guitarists.
After his studies Michael continued to seek opportunities to expand his knowledge of different musical cultures from around the world through intensive study of Flamenco and Latin American music. Michael has performed as a classical and flamenco guitarist throughout the United States and has performed several times in Kansas City at venues such as Starlight Theater and the Lyric Opera.
Michael's growing technical mastery and emotional depth is continually being cultivated through Flamenco, Brazilian and Jazz studies. Michael is also highly dedicated to instruction and has been operating his own studio since 2001.