Caballito Negro


Bi-coastal duo Caballito Negro is known for its creative and compelling performances, generating an ecstatic blend of modern and traditional aesthetics. Multi-flutist Tessa Brinckman and multi-percussionist Terry Longshore draw their name (“dark little horse”) from Federico García Lorca’s poem, Canción de Jinete (1860). They collaborate with visionary artists, using an arsenal of instruments to push the artistic experience to new heights, and always in the spirit of duende.

Heralded for their “wildly personal, intercultural, modern music…vivid, expressive music that could be performed anywhere” (Oregon Arts Watch), the duo melds narratives, images, and themes in imaginative curations. Caballito Negro envisions true cultural exchange through innovative projects with local, regional, and international artists. Their first recording, the EP Songlines (2016), was praised for its “absolutely gorgeous tone”, “understated virtuosity” (Joshua Cheek) and being “expertly produced and played” (NFA Quarterly), featuring the music of William Kraft, David P. Jones and Ivan Trevino.

Numerous music collaborations, commissions and arrangements include the work of artists such as the “mad-scientist-of-music” Mark Applebaum, oud-master Ronnie Malley, percussionist Ivan Trevino, opera composer Bongani Ndodana Breen, former LA Philharmonic composer-in-residence William Kraft, and Princeton composer Juri Seo.

Caballito Negro also composes as a duo, synthesizing their eclectic musical dialects. Their work as resident artists has been featured at the Ashland Independent Film Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Festival of New American Music, Britt Music & Arts Festival, as well as in many university, theater, and house concerts in the U.S. They share years of musical and life experience, in giving joint masterclasses to explore questions of intercultural exchange and hybrid forms.

Projects in 2024 include premiere performances in NYC, Baltimore, Princeton and Oregon, of Birds, Bees, Electric Fish, a newly commissioned work (and significant addition to the flute and percussion repertoire) from Juri Seo. The duo led this commission consortium in 2023, with 32 international participants. Caballito Negro is the recipient of a grant from Chamber Music America’s Artistic Projects program, funded through the generosity of The Howard Gilman Foundation, for the NYC portion of the tour in October 2024. The duo will also release their single Bare White Bones, composed by Wally Gunn, and present new works written for them by Composers Concordance in NYC.