The CBJ Flamenco Ensemble performed in the beautiful Crest Theatre in Sacramento, California on Sunday, October 23, 2011.  This was my first visit to Sacramento and I fell in love with the city.  We had a fabulous concert that day and a memorable time.  I can’t wait to return back to the amazing city.

The lighting was a bit dim, so the images are a bit unclear, but you get the idea.  Photos were taken during our tech rehearsal prior to the concert.

Casey taping up the floor.

Mele & Bernadette waiting.

Sound check

Emerson

More sound check

More waiting

Warming up before the concert.

Chris with long time friend Jarad.

Good Times!

Sincerely,

Lena Jacome

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The CBJ Flamenco Ensemble performed at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center in Lancaster, California on Friday, October 21, 2011 to a great audience.  Here are a few images prior to the concert that evening.

Me and Bernadette Gaxiola in the dressing room during tech rehearsal.

With my hubby right before the concert.

After the concert the group went out for a late dinner!  Here are some pics.

L to R: Lena Jacome, Casey Blake, Bernadette Gaxiola, Martin Gaxiola, Emerson Laffey, Adrian Goldenthal & Mele Martinez

Adrian is daydreaming again….

Dessert

With my wonderful friend, Casey Blake.

Mele, Chris & Casey enjoying dessert.

Mele & Chris

Photo op outside after dinner.

Song that popped in my head, “We like the cars… the cars that go boom”

On the road again.

There are no words to express….

Sincerely,

Lena Jacome

Getting ready & playing the waiting game before a Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble Concert in Carlsbad, New Mexico held on October 18, 2011.

Adrian Goldenthal, Chris Burton Jácome, Kris Hill, Martin Gaxiola

Waiting….

Casey Blake

Martin warming up and checking sound.

The theatre.

Martin and Casey.

Lena and Carolyn.

Up early the next morning. Sun is peaking out and we’re on our way to the next venue.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

Before performing for the Carlsbad Community Concert Association on October 18, 2011, the Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble took a stop at the Carlsbad Caverns.  Here are a few pics:

From L to R: Casey Blake, Lena Jácome, Adrian Goldenthal, Kris Hill, Mele Martinez,Carolyn Holguin,

Chris Jácome & Martin Gaxiola.

Lovely photo!

I love the way the background came out in these next photos.

A memorable time indeed! I’m looking forward to visiting the Carlsbad Caverns again soon!

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

From Silver City, New Mexico The Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble drove into El Paso, Texas to perform at the Abraham Chavez Theater on October 16, 2011.  Here are some images of our time there.

Detour to our nearest Target for a few mid-tour items.

Setting up in the Abraham Chavez Theater.

Mele Martinez.

Chris.

Setting up.

Carolyn Holguin in her dressing room.

Steaming some costumes before the concert.

Warming up.

A darker image, but if you look you can see Casey in the background.

Sound check.

The quartet: from L to R: Kris Hill, Adrian Goldenthal, Chris Burton Jácome and Mele Martinez.

Outside my hotel window early the next morning.

On the road again.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

The Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble had the wonderful gift this year to be the season opener for the GCCCA’s concert season.  It was a magical evening performing at the Western New Mexico University’s Fine Arts Center on October 15, 2011.  Silver City is my hometown and it was wonderful to have so many family and friends attend the concert that evening. In addition, I released my coffee table book, Flamenco! at the concert.  A special evening indeed!

With all the excitement I actually forgot to take photos!  How can this be?  I find myself asking that question now. So here are the few images that were taken during the richly filled adventure to Silver City, New Mexico.

On our way to the venue. Organic Popcorn with Olive Oil.. yum.  Only at Trader Joe’s!

On the way to New Mexico.  Casey  allowing me to take her photo.

Morning of the concert.  Photo taken from my parent’s kitchen window.

I was riding with my brother when I took a snapshot of the Fine Arts Center.

After the concert.

Leaving Silver City early the next morning.  Here’s an image on the road as we enter into El Paso, Texas.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

The Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble began their October tour in Pampa, Texas, performing in the M.K. Brown Civic Auditorium.  Though it begins to cool off in Phoenix, Arizona, I found myself quite cold throughout our travels.  Here are some images of our time!

Emerson Laffey, Adrian Goldenthal and Chris Burton Jácome

With Flamenco Dancer, Amalia Thomas.

Chris.

Cory and Emerson on the way to the venue.

The theater.

Martin Gaxiola grabbing a sip.

Tech.

Martin setting staging.

The afternoon before the concert a flamenco workshop was offered in the theater led by Martin.

Checking sound.

On our return flight home.

Cory and Chris.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

Flamenco ensemble to play at WNMU

Sun News Report
Posted: 10/14/2011 12:50:19 AM MDT

The Chris Burton JAcome Flamenco Ensemble, featuring Silver City native Lena… (Courtesy Photo: Sylvia Hardt Photography)

SILVER CITY – The Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble, which includes Silver City native Lena Jacome, will open the Grant County Concert Association’s season Saturday night at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater, and will give a free outreach performance today at 10:30 a.m.

The outreach performance is normally for students in the Silver schools, but since the schools are closed this week, and will not be sending entire classes to the performance, the Concert Association is encouraging parents to bring groups of elementary or middle school children to this morning’s concert. High school students are also welcome. Admission is free.

Lena is a graduate of Silver High School and was a member of the Silver City Drill Team during her high school years. She had her first theater performance at the Fine Arts Center when she was in high school and is now back performing at the same theater, as a professional, accomplished flamenco dancer.

“I remember the first time I performed in front of an audience, and from that moment on I knew that I would pursue a career in the performing arts,” she said. “I’m thrilled to be performing at the Fine Arts Center Theater again. It’s such a treat to perform in my hometown.”

Jacome last performed in Silver City in January of this year, when she and her husband performed at the Silco Theater.

She received her bachelor of fine arts degree in dance performance from New World School of the Arts in Miami, and her master of fine arts degree
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in dance performance and choreography from Arizona State University.

Her father, Ray Delfin Jr., worked as a surveyor for the copper mines, including UV Industries, Phelps Dodge and Cobre Mining. Her mother, Rose Delfin, worked as a secretary for the Title I and Bilingual Department of the Silver City public schools. Both parents are retired and continue to reside in Silver City, along with siblings Ray Delfin III and Monica Dunn.

In addition to performing, choreographing and instructing, Lena also models and acts through a Phoenix-based modeling and talent agency.

Her husband, Chris, is a Tucson native and University of Arizona alum who has recorded five albums: Levanto, Flamenco, Pa’Lante, Motivacin, and It’s a Flamenco Guitar Christmas, and established himself as a flamenco master. His music can be heard on the Emmy-award-winning PBS special “Flamenco,” on popular TV shows “Kyle xy” and “Greek” and in the feature films “Amreeka” and “9/Tenths.” His shows often sell out and are said to capture flamenco music at its best. He is considered one of the most in-demand flamenco guitarists in the United States.

He was born into one of Tucson’s pioneer families, and his family owned the popular department store of the same name in downtown Tucson for more than 84 years.

He began playing the guitar when he was just 13 years old, and after graduating from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s of fine arts in classical guitar and a bachelor of arts in Spanish literature, he traveled to Sevilla, Spain, to study with the greatest performers of this era, including Miguel Aragon, Manolo Franco, Juan del Gastor, Juan Amador, Juana Amaya, Enrique Robles, Segundo Falcn and Cristo El Francos.

“I make music from my experiences in the hope that the audience will take a journey with me to another world, the world of the gypsies of Andaluc a, Spain,” said Chris. “I love sharing the art of flamenco with my audiences.”

The Jácomes currently reside in Mesa, Ariz., and tour nationally with the Chris Burton Jacome Flamenco Ensemble, comprised of four musicians and three flamenco dancers. Joining the flamenco troupe of seven artists for the beginning of their New Mexico and Texas tour is another Silver City native and flamenco dancer, Carolyn Holguin, daughter of Raul and Lena Holguin who currently reside in Silver City as well.

Tickets are available in advance at Alotta Gelato or at the door. Cost for non-member single-concert admission: adult, $20; children to age 17, $5.

Here are a few images from the Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Duet Lecture/Demonstration Performance held at Glendale Community College on October 4, 2011.  I had the GREATEST time!!  Thank you to Andrea Hashim and Chuck Hulihan!

Thank you once again to Andrea Hashim and Glendale Community College!  It was a memorable time!!!

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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