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The World Of Ensemble Iberica

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Rich Wheeler, Ezgi Karakus, Beau Bledsoe and Coleen Dieker of Ensemble Iberica

Host Dan Margolies speaks with three members of Ensemble Iberica about bringing music and artists from all over the world to Kansas City to perform folkloric music and collaborate with local musicians. We'll hear a wide range of music from Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Turkey.


Dan Margolies


Beau Bledsoe, founder/guitars/oud
Ezgi Karakus, cello/vocals
Rich Wheel, saxophone


Fado Tropical
by Chico Buarque, words by Ruy Guerra
Bruno Bessa - vocals, Coleen Dieker - violin, Beau Bledsoe - Portuguese guitar, Jordan Shipley - guitar, Michael McClintock - guitar, Brandon Draper - percussion

Ondas do mar de Vigo
by Martin Codax
Havilah Bruders - vocals, Beau Bledsoe - oud, Victor Penniman - vielle, Brandon Draper - percussion

by Antonio Carlos Jobim & Chico Buarque
Bruno Bessa - vocals, Beau Bledsoe - guitar

Danza del Hacha
by Antonio Martin y Coll
Beau Bledsoe - baroque guitar, Patrick Alonzo Conway - percussion, Amado Espinoza - charango, Cristian Fatu - violin, Victor Penniman - viola da gamba, Norma O'Neil - castanets

Penceresi Yola Karşı
by Ahmet Yamacı
Ezgi Karakus - vocals/cello, Amado Espinoza - darbuka , Coleen Dieker - violin, Beau Bledsoe - oud, Rich Wheeler - soprano saxophone

Hicaz Mandıra
by Sultan Abdülaziz
Ezgi Karakus - cello, Amado Espinoza - darbuka , Coleen Dieker - violin, Beau Bledsoe - oud, Rich Wheeler - soprano saxophone

Tan alta que está la luna
Trad. arr. by Andres Pilar
Nadia Larcher - vocals, Christine Brebes - violin, Beau Bledsoe - guitar, Jeff Harshbarger - bass, Brad Cox - piano, Brandon Draper - percussion, Amado Espinoza - quena/percussion

La medias y la cordura
by Lucho Guedes
Nadia Larcher - vocals, Beau Bledsoe - guitar

You can learn more about Ensemble Iberica and see a list of upcoming performances at ensembleiberica.org.

Dan Margolies has been a reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star, and KCUR Public Radio. He retired as a reporter in December 2022 after a 37-year journalism career.
Sam Wisman is a Senior Producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3. Email him at samwisman@classicalkc.org.