Led by virtuoso flamenco guitarist and composer, Berto Boyd, Flamenco Pacifico’s guitar-driven performances feature original modern flamenco compositions rooted in the time-honored forms of traditional flamenco. On Jan 27/28 at the Majestic Theater in Corvallis the group will be featuring the music from their new album “Convivencia” (coexistence) and is Boyd’s first album in over a decade. This concert will also feature two special guest artists joining the group from Santa Barbara: Randy Tico on Fretless Bass and Ryan Zermeño Flamenco dancer and percussionist.
True to the spirit of flamenco, Flamenco Pacifico’s name reflects both geographical place and the idea that flamenco is expansive and inclusive enough to absorb the personal experiences and backgrounds of anyone who wants to participate in the art form. With collective musical influences as diverse as Brazilian Jazz, Western Classical, and Middle Eastern, Flamenco Pacifico offers their unique version of modern flamenco with a world orientation.
What also sets this group apart artistically is that their music is based around melodic themes–both in Berto Boyd’s original compositions and in the group’s arrangements of traditional pieces. These thematic elements function as landmarks on the listener’s journey through a musical landscape that can be haunting and deeply moving, due in no small part to the spine-tingling duende, or trance-like spirit unleashed by the music. The festive strains of many of Boyd’s lighter, or chico, compositions also assure that even after the last chords of the guitar have faded, audiences will walk away from the performance with an infectious melody in their ears.
Together with the passionate vocals and guitar artistry of guitarist/singer Grant Ruiz, inspired dancing by Elena Villa, the rhythmical percussion of Terry Longshore, the virtuosic playing of veteran fretless bassist Randy Tico, the dynamic and explosive dancing and cajón playing of Ryan Zermeño, Flamenco Pacifico takes audiences on an unforgettable journey into the fascinating world of flamenco.
Flamenco Pacifico has performed in a variety of venues–from intimate house concerts to major festivals such as The Britt Festival (Jacksonville, OR), The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s popular Green Show (Ashland, OR), and the Oregon Country Fair. http://www.majestic.org/event/2929/?instance_id=1745