” A haunting, attractive and virtuosic journey across cultural influences…evokes spirituality…expansive musical borders…vivid, affecting homages…richly expressive…Brinckman is a flutist of chameleon-like gifts, and her colleagues join her in performances of prismatic shading and virtuoso elegance…”– Donald Rosenberg, The Gramophone October 2005
“This disc is wonderful…a delight to spend time with this music…a special sort of Pacific Northwest music style…performers play with conviction and grace…in an increasingly homogenized and monochromatic world, it is important to praise and support performers and composers fostering regional flavors and styles.” – Christ0pher Chaffee, American Record Guide, Nov/Dec 2005
“In addition to being a highlight of Portland, Oregon-based flutist Tessa Brinckman’s [CD has an] exciting collection of recent music for flute and strings…”Frank Oteri, New Music Box, October 2005.
“Brinckman…plays her instrument with great beauty and eloquence…the CD is well worth investigating if you’re looking for music occasionally spiced with an exotic flavor…” – Peter Mechen, Music Matters New Zealand, June 2005
“…their debut CD is one of the loveliest albums I’ve heard this year…” – Brett Campbell, Eugene Weekl,y December 2005
Caballito Negro’s EP Songlines …”bring(s) the music to life from the first note played…expertly produced and played…jumping out of the speakers in a way that suggests a live performance would be worth hearing” – Flutist Quarterly Fall 2016
“The performances are near flawless! Brinckman plays with an absolutely gorgeous tone throughout the full range of all the instruments – even the sensuous, breathy contrabass flute, which really doesn’t call for much bel canto and Longshore’s understated virtuosity is percussion poetry at its best” – Joshua Cheek @ blue-sky-music.com, 2017 Caballito Negro – Songlines Review-JoshuaCheek
Go to Albums to hear excerpts of the EP Songlines.
“The original score…evokes the sound and feel of China, but the music, so beautifully played…is thrilling and moving in its own right” – Theater Dogs Bay Area Backstage, December 2012
“Achingly beautiful original music…” – Bay Area Theater Review, December 2012
Go to the album to see video clips.
A September 2018 review and interview with Matthew Andrews about Caballito Negro’s speculative fiction concert Alone | Together –
“Longtime OSF composer and fellow Southern Oregon University prof Todd Barton’s new “sonus sonorus” for Baroque flute and electronics, is inspired by an 18th century composition of French composer Jean-Marie Leclair. The splendidly diverse program… also includes Brinckman’s own sinuous new Turkish-influenced work “Hüzün Nar,” an energetic little piccolo piece by Australian composer Ross Edwards and music by American composers Shirish Korde (a haunting evocation of Japanese shakuhachi music), Washington’s Alex Shapiro (the mysterious “Below,” which evokes whale song and other aquatic echoes) and a virtuosic, appropriately titled barnburner, “Rapid Fire,” inspired by leading American composer Jennifer Higdon’s reaction to inner city violence. Each piece uses a different style and a different instrument, and Brinckman proved masterful in all of them.” – Brett Campbell, Oregon Arts Watch 2/9/13
Go to Music Clips to hear excerpts in concert.
“…(Gentle Numbers In Eternity) brought together two of Oregon’s most valuable instrumentalists. Eugene-based Koto virtuosa Mitsuki Dazai is the state’s primary exponent of the Japanese zither, while Ashland-based flutist Tessa Brinckman has long been one of Oregon’s most persuasive proponents and performers of contemporary music…and an uncommonly engaging reader (of poetry)…”
Read Brett Campbell’s full review of our concert “Gentle Numbers In Eternity”: ReviewGentleNumbersInEternityApril2016
“Wednesday’s lineups [at the NACUSA Cascadia Composers 2010 three day festival, Portland, Oregon] included New Orleanian David Cortello’s charmer Three Movements for Flute, obviously inspired by Claude Debussy and played well by the excellent Portland flutist Tessa Brinckman…Thursday night’s concert kicked off with Brinckman skillfully conveying the nuances of a flute solo, Kristin Shafel’s haunting “Caoineadh.” – Brett Campbell Willamette Week 3/10/2010
“Polish-born choreographer Agnieszka Laska and New Zealand flutist Tessa Brinckman collaborative dance-theater efforts have been heralded throughout the west as irreverent, ambitious and mythological….walking the line between modern and classical…” – Rachael Carnes, Eugene Weekly, 10/26/2004
“[At] the concert…”Sonic Images”…presented by the Washington Composers Forum…flutist Tessa Brinckman gave a heartfelt, excellent performance of Gregory Yasinitsky’s “On Wings of Angels” [a] soaring tribute to his wife…” – Phillipa Kiraly, Seattle Post-Intelligencer 3/13/1995
“…[Umi Sajin is] one of the most fascinating concerts in the March Music Moderne festival…” – Willamette Week, March 2013
Go to Music Clips to hear some live music.
Go to Repertoire to read about the programs