Flamenco master

Influences are many for multitalented guitarist, composer

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Flamenco masterChris Burton Jácome
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Photo: Sergio Photographer

About the musician:

Chris Burton Jácome

Originally from: Tucson

Creating music since: Professionally, 1999 
(began playing guitar in 1986)

Describe your music style: “I am a touring, concert Flamenco guitarist and composer. Flamenco is a gypsy art form of song/dance/guitar-playing from the southern province of Spain, Andalucía.”

Influences: “Flamenco guitar players Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, Gerardo Núñez, Chicuelo, Vicente Amigo, and Sabicas. Flamenco singers Fernanda and Bernarda de Utrera, Miguel Funi, El Lebrijano, Inés Bacán, La Niña de los Peines, Antonio Mairena, and Camarón. Non-Flamenco music: Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Sting, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Van Halen, Slash, J.S. Bach, Michael Jackson, Willie Nelson and of course, Metallica and Tori Amos.”

Résumé highlights: Title song from “Motivacion” a Top 10 finalist in 1999 John Lennon Songwriting Contest World Music category; “Eastern Eyes,” composed and performed by Jácome, on the soundtrack of the movie Amreeka, which debuted at 2009 Cannes Film Festival; Musical director of Calo Flamenco, Ballet de Martin Gaxiola.

Musician with whom you’d like to perform: “Sting.”

Upcoming performances: Florence (Ariz.) Main Street Festival, 11 a.m., Oct. 17 (free); Old Town Artisans, 201 N. Court, Tucson, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30 ($20).

Discography: 2009 “Levanto” 
2005  “Flamenco”
2003   “It’s a Flamenco Guitar Christmas”
2002   “Pa’Lante”
1999   “Motivacion”

Web site: www.CBJMusic.com

Why Flamenco?

There is something in my chemistry that makes the chemistry of Flamenco very attractive. As I have come to know Flamenco better, for me it’s only become more alluring. I still get that amazing love-at-first-sight kind of ‘high’ to keep the passion going. Daily, weekly, yearly I appreciate, understand and love Flamenco as I share my life, my experiences and my feelings with it. I can easily say my lifetime won’t provide me enough time to explore the depths of Flamenco to the extent of my love for the art form.

This article appears in the October 2009 issue of Latino Perspectives Magazine:

http://www.latinopm.com/Latino-Perspectives-Magazine/October-2009/Flamenco-master/

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Right after having such an amazing time in Oregon, we headed off to Ogden, Utah for a Calo Flamenco Concert at Perry’s Egyptian Theater on Saturday, October 3rd.

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The sun was just rising as we arrived into the Seattle, WA Airport.  From the sky – Mount Rainier.

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Sexy Jácome at 6am en la mañana!

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With Bernadette & Martin.

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With Martin.

Below: Chris giving a flamenco guitar master class the eve of our arrival in Utah.

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Below:  I jumped in to do a little bit of fiesta por bulerias.

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Martin teaching a flamenco dance master class on the eve of our arrival.

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Members of the Calo Flamenco Family: L to R: Adrian Goldenthal, Chris Burton Jaocme, Julia Terrell, Olivia Rojas, Lena Jacome, Bernadette Gaxiola, Casey Blake & Kris Hill.

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Tech.

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Kris, Julia & Olivia.

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Casey Blake – Lighting Designer Extraordinnaire

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Discussing staging ques.

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Chris Burton Jacome

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Staging.

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Kris & Adrian

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Asking Julia questions.

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Beautiful Olivia.

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Amazing theater!

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Above:  With Bernadette Gaxiola

Below: With Julia & Bernadette.

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Members of the Calo Flamenco Family, L to R: Adrian Goldenthal, Chris Burton Jacome, Julia Terrell, Olivia Rojas, Lena Jacome, Bernadette Gaxiola, Martin Gaxiola, Kris Hill.

Visit: www.lenajacome.com for upcoming performances and projects.

I just returned home from a fabulous time with Calo Flamenco.  We had a few days and two amazing performances in Ashland, Oregon as part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  We enjoyed our time with some fabulous friends!

Hanging out at the park during the afternoon and enjoying beautiful Ashland, Oregon.

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Above: Calo Flamenco members hanging out after the performance.  From L to R: Chris Burton Jacome, Bernadette Gaxiola, Terry Longshore, Martin Gaxiola and Lena Jacome.

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Above: The view outside our apartment. Nice!!

Below: Chris Burton Jacome

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In the dressing room getting ready.

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Posing with Terry & Bernadette prior to the concert.

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Chris, Martin & Terry posing 5 minutes before showtime!

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With fabulous dancer, instructor and mentor, Martin Gaxiola, after the concert.

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Getting ready to go!

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Posing with the beautiful, talented, amazing dancer, instructor & mentor, Bernadette Gaxiola.

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Oh, the silliness.

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With Bernadette & Terry.

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Growl for me, baby!! From L to R: Grant, Terry, Ben, Chris & Martin

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Great photo.

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Les & Chris

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With Sophie.

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Grant Ruiz & Chris

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Enjoying a great dinner with wonderful friends!

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The two artistic talents: Chris & Martin

Visit: www.lenajacome.com to view upcoming performances and projects.

Morro Bay, California

October 1, 2009

What a wonderful time!!  After being in Arroyo Grande The CBJ Flamenco Ensemble took a short drive to Morro Bay, California to enjoy the beauty of this fabulous town.  Thank you to Charlotte Bailey and The G. Roger Bailey Classical Guitar Scholarship Foundation and to the wonderful Chic Gilchrist  for creating such a memorable experience!

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My handsome & gifted husband, Chris Burton Jacome, warming up prior to his performance at the G. Roger Bailey Benefit  held on September 20th.

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Chris visiting with the audience.

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Signing cd’s and visiting with the people after the benefit.

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Martin Gaxiola, Olivia Rojas & Chris Burton Jacome

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From L to R: Martin Gaxiola, Olivia Rojas, Charlotte Bailey, Chris Burton Jacome, Chic Gilchrist, Lena Jacome

Thank you once again to Charlotte & Chic.  We miss you!!!

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