Interview with Beau Bledsoe, Kansas City, Missouri

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Beau Bledsoe
Beau Bledsoe (Kansas City, Missouri)

Beau Bledsoe studied classical guitar at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music under Douglas Niedt, where he received a Master of Music. There he continued his professional career in the Kansas City music scene playing with jazz musicians, classical chamber musicians, and also participating in the burgeoning Latin music scene. His interest in exploring new repertoire, cultures, and programming ideas led to the creation of a large body of arrangements, transcriptions and compositions for the solo guitar and guitar chamber music. He also 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. His music is regularly programmed on Radio 1 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 serves on the music faculty at the UMKC Conservatory of Music.

Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/09/2020.
Holly Hobbs
Music; United States; Covid-19 Pandemic
Kansas City, Missouri
Musicians in America during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Society for Ethnomusicology

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