Pepe & The Bottle Blondes, 3 Leg Torso at The Secret Society!
Pepe & The Bottle Blondes
PEPE & THE BOTTLE BLONDES was created in October 1995 to bring back the 'Copacabana style' dinner theater enhanced with the costuming, make-up and percussion and beat of Latin rhythms, PEPE & THE BOTTLE BLONDES created a strong and stimulating visual stage performances not to be missed.
Pepe Raphael's piquant pulsations have taken him from Madrid (where he was born) to New York City (where he performed) to Portland (where he now lives). Pepe has performed leading roles in Evita with Music Theatre of Oregon and in West Side Story with the Musical Theatre Company and with The Portland Opera. Pepe has also appeared in several major motion pictures and television movies.
Pepe successfully blends dance, opera and musical theatre experience with his 'original songwriting' and 'comedic' wit to deliver a fresh and innovative performance.
Born in Madrid, Spain, Pepe began his dance career with the National Ballet of Spain. He then worked with Ballet Liceo of Barcelona and upon moving to the United States, danced with Ballet Hispanico of New York, Princeton Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and, most recently, Oregon Ballet Theatre. Pepe has performed locally with the Portland Opera Company, Music Theater of Oregon and The Musical Theater Company.
Along with his ballet, opera and musical theater experience, Pepe has also appeared in several made for TV movies and has been a featured stand-up comedian at Harvey's comedy club for the last five years.
PEPE & THE BOTTLE BLONDES are currently performing in night clubs throughout Portland as well as for private parties and corporate events. They have provided entertainment for the Trailblazers, Weiden & Kennedy, McMenamins, VoiceStream Cellular, The Red Lion, Hillman Properties and others. Their repertoire includes popular songs from the 30's to the 60's, plus a strong selection of Tangos, Boleros, Rhumbas, Sambas and many other exciting Latin American rhythms.
An eclectic, 'Copacabana style' ensemble of saxophones, congas and percussion, trumpets, and three-part harmonies combines the talent and visually arresting performance that echoes the indulgence of the 1950's nightclub chic.
Pepe & The Bottle Blondes have performed in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, at the Horizon Casino in Lake Tahoe and in Portland at the Heathman Hotel and for the Portland Trailblazers. Pepe has sung in Madrid, Paris, and Las Vegas, including appearances with Pink Martini at the Cannes Film Festival and with the Oregon Symphony.
3 Leg Torso
3 Leg Torso formed in 1996 as violin, cello and accordion trio with the mission of creating original modern chamber music for their unique instrumentation. Over the following years, the ensemble has expanded both it's musical mission and it's size to become a quintet that now performs original compositions based on an eclectic synthesis of chamber music, tango, klezmer, latin, and Roma (Gypsy) music.
As principal composers, founding members Béla R. Balogh (violin and trumpet) and Courtney Von Drehle (accordion) provide the core of 3 Leg Torso's sound. They are joined by the consummate mallets/percussion of T.J. Arko and the gentleman of the acoustic bass, Mike Murphy.
The ensemble's history began with street performances, which they titled «Meestering», and has led to their releasing three award winning instrumental albums (3 Leg Torso, Astor in Paris, and Animals & Cannibals), East Coast and West Coast tours, performances with symphony orchestras and a profile on National Public Radio's «All Things Considered».
The cinematic nature of their music has led to work with many film makers, including Oscar nominated documentary artist Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), two short films with Teller (Penn & Teller) two films by Academy Award winning animator Joan Gratz The Dowager's Feast and The Dowager's Idyll, scoring With Hope and Help, a UNICEF funded documentary about living with AIDS in Thailand. One of the ensemble's pieces has been used as theme music for a Bosnian television series, and the group's music was also featured in the 2012 National Geographic special Preparing for the Apocalypse.
In 2003, accordionist Von Drehle was awarded a fellowship at the Sundance Film Composer's Lab, and in 2010, his work on the Oscar nominated documentary
The Final Inch, was nominated for an Emmy.
3 Leg Torso has a full concert set of arrangements for symphony orchestra which has brought them together for sold out performances with the Central Oregon Symphony, Pacific Crest Wind Symphony, Portland Festival Symphony, and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Composers Balogh and Von Drehle were commissioned to write a full-length piece, Sinfonia Misterioso, to celebrate the Metropolitan Youth Symphony's 35th anniversary gala concert.