Beau Bledsoe and Amado Espinoza

Beau Bledsoe’s 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.

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.

At the age of 16 Amado Espinoza began formal studies in music at the Andrés Bello Institute, where he studied classical guitar. He continued his musical education at the Conservatory Milan in Cochabamba, Bolivia, while investigating ethnic instruments from various parts of the world. He studied under Professor Alberto Iporre Salinas, ex chairman of the Conservatory of Hungary.

In 2000 he established the Museum of Musical Instruments for the Foundation Luis Ernesto of the Andes, housing over 500 pieces from six continents, and producing four albums for Tribu Kona, a world music ensemble that he founded.

He was in-house composer for the Circus Theatre El Tapeque between 2011-2012, and composed the music to the award-winning stage play Mocambo, among various commercial and independent productions. Amado collaborated with many artists, most notably with one of Bolivia’s favorite rock bands, Oil.

Amado is well known in Bolivia and beyond for his skill in playing dozens of native instruments, as well as for his fine craftsmanship of custom-made native instruments. His instruments are being played by clients from France, England, Spain, Netherlands, USA, Mexico, and all over South America.

Since his arrival to Kansas City, MO in 2014, Amado has been seen on TEDxKC, TEDxYouth, Folk Alliance International, and has been featured with many local bands. He is the 2017 Charlotte St. Resident Performing Arts Fellow. He co-directed and composed We are the Landscape, a contemporary indigenous stage performance, which debuted in 2016. He is composing and co-directing UMKC’s Storytelling Project (debut: February, 2018) with his wife, theatre artist Karen Lisondra.

Amado is currently recording a new álbum in Kansas City with percussionist Andres Ramirez, violinist Tina Bilberry, and bassist Johnny Hamil.