Pepe Raphael and 3 Leg Torso... Together at Last!


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Throughout their long musical careers, Pepe Raphael, Béla R. Balogh and Courtney Von Drehle, have spent more hours laughing and celebrating the joys of life than they have playing concerts together, which is strange, as the times they have played a few songs together, the music and spirit have shone brightly. The idea of doing a concert that features more of their collaborations has always appealed to them but it hasn't had a chance to happen..... until now!
The three musicians and their bandmates have decided to finally combine their eclectic experiences and diverse musical backgrounds for a night you will never forget. On May 1st, these veterans of the stage are putting their talent and musical wit together to offer their audiences a "world premiere" of selections never performed before by this ensemble. This will be a 100% guarantee bonded and insured wholesome family entertainment.
Pepe Raphael & 3 Leg Torso are... "TOGETHER AT LAST"
Pepe Raphael, a native of Madrid, Spain came to America to follow his career in Classical Ballet. He danced principal roles with several classical ballet companies in the US including Ballet Hispanico of New York, Princeton Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and then moved to Oregon to dance with James Canfield's Pacific Ballet Theatre and Oregon Ballet Theatre ultimately making Portland his home. After his Ballet retirement he went on to Musical Theatre where he performed leading roles in "Evita" and "West Side Story" with The Musical Theatre Company, Music Theatre of Oregon and The Portland Opera .
His film and television experience includes Bill Plympton's "Guns on the Clackamas" NBC Movie "Terror in the Towers" with co-star James Avery and George Clooney plus many other mini series and TV specials. His musical career in Portland includes performing and recording with Thomas Lauderdale's Pink Martini on their first album "Sympathique".
In 1997 he initiated his current ensemble Pepe & The Bottle Blondes and today they continue to entertain audiences across the region. Mr. Raphael has performed Astor Piazzolla's "Maria de Buenos Aires" with The Oregon Symphony, San Diego Symphony, The Spokane Symphony and The Victoria Symphony. His latest collaboration includes becoming a member of Portland's own "Tango Pacifico" lead by Erin Furbee along with members of The Oregon Symphony performing an exquisite repertoire by Piazzolla and other classical Tango composers.
2016 Oregon Music Hall of Fame "Album of the Year" inductees, 3 Leg Torso has been reported as wildly exciting, wildly eclectic, and all embracing. Their music is a mixture of fun, beauty and mayhem; a roller coaster ride through musical inspirations from France, Eastern Europe, Argentina, America and the Middle East. The remarkable musicianship of this cinematic chamber-gypsy ensemble and the dynamic stage presence is uncommon and exceptional. Sometimes brisk, prancing with mad eccentric elegance, and other times contemplative but never less than masterful.
3 Leg Torso formed in 1996 as a violin, accordion, and cello ensemble with the vision of creating original works that are inspired by music and cultures from around the world. Later, 3 Leg Torso expanded, adding double bass and an array of assorted percussion instruments , including vibraphone, glockenspiel and xylophone.
The ensemble has composed and licensed music for filmmakers including Academy Award winning animator Joan Gratz, Morgan Spurlock, Teller (Penn & Teller) Bill Plympton, and National Geographic special about doomsday preppers. Courtney Von Drehle, accordionist in the ensemble, received an Emmy nomination for his work on the Oscar nominated HBO documentary, The Final Inch.
Having arranged their music for full symphony orchestra, 3 Leg Torso has performed successful concerts with the Portland Festival Symphony, the Central Oregon Symphony, Beaverton Symphony, Pacific Crest Wind Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony. The ensemble will be performing with the Central Oregon Symphony in October
In addition to touring and working with symphony orchestras, 3 Leg Torso has performed in the Lake Oswego area at Millennium Park, the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, and at the Lajos Balogh Performance Shell on the campus of Marylhurst University.


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