Flutist Tessa Brinckman and percussionist Terry Longshore, front, are Cabalito Negro. Photo by Muuqi Maxwell

Cabalito Negro and Left Edge Percussion present 'Resist'

Flute and percussion duo Caballito Negro — Tessa Brinckman and Terry Longshore, respectively — along with Left Edge Percussion, will present “Resist,” an exchange of contemporary chamber groove and creative narrative meant to define the title's meaning and weight.

Used as a verb, resist can mean to make a stand or make an effort in opposition.

"As a noun, it's a resistant substance applied as a coating to protect a surface during some process," Longshore says. "We like to think of it metaphorically, as surrounding ourselves with music, text, poetry, imagery, to deal with the times we live in."

The concert puts to use six flutes, a truckload of percussion, spoken word, film and images, and is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland.

Rather than purchase tickets or admission, audience members are asked to make a contribution to an organization of their choice in the spirit of "resist."

Inspired by Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca's 1860 poem "Cancion de Jinete" (The Horseman's Song), Brinckman and Longshore collaborate with prominent, innovative artists to create contemporary music that pushes flute and percussion repertoire to new heights — and always in the spirit of passion. The duo performs intercultural music in an ecstatic, fearless blend of modern and traditional aesthetics.

Caballito Negro and Left Edge Percussion performed "Resist" in October in Northern California, presenting concerts and educational programs in Redding, Sacramento, the Center for New Music in San Francisco, and Stanford University, offering a fresh look at chamber music.

Longshore's genre-crossing music has the artistry of concert, the spontaneity of jazz and the energy of rock. He performs around the world as a soloist and ensemble member, and he can be heard on many CDs and film scores.

As professor of music at Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU, Longshore premiers and records countless works by a range of composers and collaborates with artists working in various forms of media.

Longshore is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a member of Black Swamp Percussion Education Network, and he holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration from California State University at Fresno and percussion performance from California State University at Sacramento. He earned his master's and doctorate in contemporary music performance from University of California, San Diego.

New Zealand-born Brickman has worked with orchestras and festivals in the U.S., South Africa and her home country, including the Oregon Symphony, Britt Festivals, the Oregon Bach Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She performed and collaborated with the OSF orchestra to create the music for "The White Snake" in 2012.

Brickman plays flute, piccolo, alto, contrabass and baroque flutes. She performs with Caballito Negro and with master koto-player Mitsuki Dazai. She composes new music that blends technology, tradition and contemporary themes.

Left Edge Percussion — Greyson Boydstun, Jared Brown, Joseph Tierney, Drew Wright and Kevin Younker — is a contemporary percussion group in residence at SOU's Oregon Center for the Arts. Led by Longshore, the ensemble is made up of graduate students in SOU's master of music in performance program. The group collaborates with composers and artists of various media, and its members are featured around the globe at festivals, competitions, conferences.

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