The Pistol River Concert Association presents Flamenco Pacifico at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Pistol River Friendship Hall at 24252 Carpenterville Road.
Flamenco Pacifico founder Berto Boyd studied, played and performed flamenco, classical and Brazilian jazz music in Spain and across the United States. In addition to his more than 30 years on the guitar, he has become a nationally recognized composer of original flamenco music.
Grant Ruiz has also played guitar most of his life and studied flamenco in Spain.
A chance meeting a few years back got these two playing together, and Boyd said he recognized the new life and intensity two guitars brought out in his compositions, and classical tunes as well.
To round out the needs of that classic flamenco sound, Boyd recruited nationally-recognized percussionist Terry Longshore, and jazz bassist Randy Tico.
Longshore has been involved with numerous bands and can be heard on several albums and motion picture soundtracks, while Tico performed around the world with Brazilian jazzists Flora Purim and Airto, and recently toured with Jeff Bridges.
Boyd stresses that flamenco is an art form beyond just the music. As such, he has incorporated dancers as a critical part of the ensemble.
Elena Villa has been a dance performer since the late 1970s and has been an instructor of flamenco and belly dancing for more than 20 years. Fellow dancer Melissa Cruz has been an artist and instructor in flamenco for more than 15 years, performing with numerous dance troupes, while keeping a busy teaching schedule in dance.
Tickets are $20 and available at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings and at Gold Beach Books in Gold Beach. Tickets may also be reserved by calling 541-247-2848 or visiting www.pistolriver.com.