I had the AWESOME opportunity to perform at the New Music Arizona Concert by the Chaparral MusicFest in Prescott on September 10th. It was a special concert for me because I was asked to dance to a new musical piece composed by Chris Burton Jácome and I was also asked to perform a piece that I had not danced in many years. The piece is entitled, ‘Conquistador’ or Conqueror. For those familiar with flamenco, it is a Farruca. I danced this piece with Calo Flamenco and the Artistic Director of that company, Martín Gaxiola had set the choreography while Chris set the music. The piece (footwork and all) is captured on Chris’ CD ‘LEVANTO‘.

Photo with Calo Flamenco performing ‘Conquistador’.

Needless to say, it was an honor to perform this piece. It held special meaning for me, since I began my flamenco dance training and career with Calo FlamencoMartín Gaxiola being my first flamenco dance instructor and a mentor ever since. Much gratitude also to Chris for being an incredible mentor to me from the moment I put on my first pair of flamenco shoes!

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

 

 

 

Chris Burton Jácome’s song “Sin Ti” from his latest CD, LEVANTO

WINS the 2012 GRAND PRIZE

in the

John Lennon Songwriting Contest World Category!!!

Please help “Sin Ti” win the Lennon Award

That’s right! Chris’ song “Ritmo-Canix” won last year and now “Sin Ti” is competing in the same online voting process to become the Lennon Award Winner for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest World Music Category 2 years in a row!!! Please vote so Chris can become one of the only artists in the contest’s history to win the category 2 years in a row!

Voting starts Wednesday March 28th, 2012. Please vote once a day starting on March 28th, 2012 and ending on April 27th, 2012!

To vote for “Sin Ti”, please follow these steps:

1. Visit http://www.jlsc.com/vote.php

2. Scroll down and choose the “World Category” (lower left)

3. You MUST register your email address (sorry about that!) If you registered and voted last year, it will not make you renew. Please proceed to step #7.

4. They (JLSC and Sonicbids) will send you an email and you must click on the link in that email to start actually voting.

5. That link takes you to the “Email Address Confirmation” Page

6. IMPORTANT: you must then follow the “Please click here to continue” link.

7. Choose the appropriate choice from the first drop down list that asks you if you are a songwriter, musician, etc. and SKIP down to choose you are a “fan of the artist”. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FILL OUT ANY OF THE ADDRESS INFO.

8. FINALLY: Select “Chris Burton Jácome ‘Sin Ti’” if you feel it is truly the stronger candidate of the two songs.

9. Give yourself a big hug from me, because I am so very thankful for your vote and your efforts!

10. Please repeat steps 1-9 daily until April 27th, 2012.

www.CBJFlamenco.com

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Flamenco! Coffee Table Book

December 14, 2011

Flamenco!  Coffee Table Book

Flamenco! is a compelling artistic creation as seen through the lens of Arizona-based, Sergio Photographer.  You will be moved by the captivating passion and striking intensity that The Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble conveys as Sergio Photographer captures the elegant twists and turns, the vibrant exhilaration and profound shadows of this innovative and inspiring new flamenco group based in the USA.

*** Included for a limited time is a downloadable CD of Chris Burton Jácome‘s album, “Flamenco” with each purchase.  It will serve as an excellent soundtrack while you peruse all 120breathtaking pages with inspiring & motivational quotes alongside rehearsal & performance flamenco photography by Award-Winning photographer SERGIO.   Soft Cover.

If you would like the book(s) signed by me & Chris then please include that in the “notes” area when ordering.
You may also specify who you would like it dedicated to.

Please visit my Boutique to order. $39.95 includes shipping within the U.S.

What people are saying:

I have taken this Sunday morning to sit and go through your wonderful book.  The quotes are so uplifting and astounding.  As I read the quote from Schweitzer – about when the light goes out and is rekindled by another person I thought of you.  You have given me that spark.  I know I am old and past physical means to spark but I will share your spark in my way as life moves on.

Thank you so much for your art, talent, and this wonderful book.

Charlotte B.
Moro Bay, CA

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[Flamenco! Coffee Table Books] they are beautiful – loved seeing the behind the scenes photos!

Mary L.
Mesa, AZ

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“… tastefully done. As you know, a picture is often worth a thousand words, but many of the brief quotes in the book are also worth a thousand words.  In some ways, each page is a new world.”

Andy D.
Fairbanks, AK

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Click Here
to order. $39.95 includes shipping within the U.S.


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Flamenco!

August 25, 2011

C O M I N G  S O O N

Flamenco!‘ Book Release is coming in the fall.
Inspirational book of quotes comprised of captivating CBJ Flamenco Ensemble rehearsal and performance images by Tucson-based Sergio Photographer. Design by the very gifted Heath Cox of Cox Studios Inc.

400_WEB vERsion

Sincerely,

Lena Jacome

Chris Burton Jacome at Changing Hands Bookstore

Friday, August 19th

7:00pm

FREE & open to the public

www.chrisburtonjacome.com

Chris Burton Jácome celebrates the one year anniversary of his newest CD—Levanto, which just won the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest—with a flamenco fiesta. Jácome plays authentic Spanish flamenco music on the guitar while Martín Gaxiola and Lena Jácome dance flamenco. Jácome also shares the meaning behind the art of flamenco and how it is performed. Bring the whole family! More info: ChrisBurtonJacome.com.

Changinging Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClintock Drive
Tempe, Arizona
480-730-0205

Sincerely,

Lena Jacome

Dear Friends,

I hope this email finds you well.  I am contacting you today regarding an exciting opportunity for my husband and flamenco guitarist, Chris Burton Jácome.  Chris won the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest World Category.  WOOT WOOT!!  In order to win the Lennon Award he needs your vote! I am asking for your time and energy in helping Chris win….  Please follow the instructions below and cast your vote once a day until April 26th. And please feel free to forward this email on to anyone that you think might help out. I truly from the bottom of my heart appreciate your time. (It doesn’t take but 2 minutes total including registering your email, waiting for the confirmation and then voting.)   ~ My sincerest gratitude & appreciation, Lena Jácome

 


Chris Burton Jácome’s song “Ritmo-Canix” from his latest CD, LEVANTO, has

WON the GRAND PRIZE

in the

John Lennon Songwriting Contest World Category!!!

I think this calls for a HUGE “¡Olé!!!”

Now, with your help, “Ritmo-Canix” could win the Lennon Award!!

Ritmo-Canix” is now competing in a head-to-head online voting battle to become the Lennon Award Winner for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest World Music Category! The song that receives the highest number of votes in its category will be declared the LENNON AWARD WINNER for that category!

Again, the voting starts Monday March 28th, 2011.  Anyone can vote once a day starting on March 28th, 2011 and ending on April 26th, 2011!

To vote for “Ritmo-Canix”, please follow these steps:

  1. Visit www.JLSC.com
  2. Click on “Cast Your Vote” then scroll down and choose the “World Category” (lower left)
  3. You MUST register your email address (sorry about that!)
  4. They (JLSC and Sonicbids) will send you an email and you must click on the link in that email to start actually voting.
  5. That link takes you to the “Email Address Confirmation” Page
  6. IMPORTANT: you must then follow the “Please click here to continue” link.
  7. CRUCIAL: Scroll down to the “WORLD” Category (lower left) and select “Chris Burton Jácome ‘Ritmo-Canix’”.
  8. Give yourself a big hug from me, because I am so very thankful for your vote and your efforts!
  9. Have a beautiful rest of your day.

10. Please repeat steps 1-9 daily until April 27th, 2011.

www.CBJFlamenco.com

Spanish dancers liven up UAF Pub

By Jamie Hazlett

Sun Star Reporter

A performer with Calo Flamenco dances at the Pub on Friday the 8th.

 

A $20 cover charge was not enough to keep people from packing the UAF Pub, Friday, Oct. 8 for the Spanish dance group Calo Flamenco.  Urged on by many ‘olé!’s, ‘bravo!’s, and the occasional cry of ‘agua!’, Calo Flamenco pounded across the stage for two hours, each footfall amplified by floor-level microphones.  The event was the first ever put on by the Fairbanks Concert Association (FCA) at the UAF Pub, and the turnout was described as “great” by Cori Anthony, FCA Vice President, and “good” by Kris Hill, Cajon (drum) player.

Larry Lowe, webmaster for the FCA, saw his first flamenco performance by Calo Flamenco at the Blue Loon earlier in the week.  “I didn’t know this was on my bucket list until I saw it for the first time,” he said.  “It was off the radar.  You didn’t know…These guys are incredible.”  Speaking about the Pub itself, Lowe added that “this is the best stage they’ve had.  This is a hot crowd…they’re gonna burn the house down tonight.”

When asked how he was enjoying Fairbanks, Hill said it was “beautiful…I’d love to come in the summer.”

Guitarist Chris Burton Jácome told the crowd that if “you guys all show up like this, we’ll be back,” a statement that was met by cheers.

“We take your time seriously,” Jácome told the audience later on.  “That’s why we work so hard.”


A performer with Calo Flamenco dances at the Pub on Friday the 8th.
Marielena Jácome with Calo Flamenco dances at the Pub on Friday the 8th.

 

Marielena Jácome dances with Calo Flamenco, accompanied by (from left) dancer and artistic director Martín Gaxiola, dancer Bernadette Gaxiola, singer Olivia Rojas and guitarist Chris Burton Jácome.
Marielena Jácome dances with Calo Flamenco, accompanied by (from left) dancer and artistic director Martín Gaxiola, dancer Bernadette Gaxiola, singer Olivia Rojas and guitarist Chris Burton Jácome.

 

Calo Flamenco's artistic director Martín Gaxiola dances Friday night at the Pub. Behind him from left are dancer Bernadette Gaxiola, singer Olivia Rojas and guitarist Chris Burton Jácome.
Calo Flamenco’s artistic director Martín Gaxiola dances Friday night at the Pub. Behind him from left are dancer Bernadette Gaxiola, singer Olivia Rojas and guitarist Chris Burton Jácome.

 

View article on Sun Star Website.

These AMAZING images are courtesy of my wonderful friend & talented photographer, Shari Robbins of www.EveryDayArtbyShari.com.

The ‘LEVANTO’ CD Release Concert with Calo Flamenco held at Chandler Center for the Arts on Sunday, May 2nd, was performed to a SOLD OUT Theatre!  Everyone who attended the concert received a signed, ‘Levanto’ CD that was included with their ticket purchase.

Chris Burton Jácome

Kris Hill

Calo Flamenco

Martín Gaxiola

Olivia Rojas & Chris

Martin & Bernadette Gaxiola

Dancing with Molly Thomas

Chris Burton Jácome

(From L to R) Molly Thomas, Kris Hill, Jennifer Mayer, Adrian Goldenthal, Martin Gaxiola, Chris Burton Jácome, Olivia Rojas, Vanessa Lopez, Lena Jácome, Bernadette Gaxiola

Thank you once again to our dear friend & talented artist, Shari Robbins, www.EveryDayArtbyShari.com.  Thank you to Chandler Center for the Arts and to all the fans for making the concert so memorable.  Calo Flamenco will be performing at Chandler Center for the Arts on September 19th.  You won’t want to miss it!!!

This great article just came out yesterday in the Arizona Republic written by Jennifer McClellan.  The Levanto CD Release Concert takes place at Chandler Center for the Arts on Sunday, May 2nd at 3pm.  Chris Burton Jácome & Calo Flamenco will be performing.  Tickets are on sale for $25.00 and include a signed CD with your ticket purchase.  Get your tickets while they last!!!!

Arizona Republic Article written April 28, 2010. 'LEVANTO' CD Release Concert at Chandler Center for the Arts on May 2nd

Chris Burton Jácome

with Calo Flamenco at Chandler Center for the Arts

When:
Sunday, May 2nd
Time: 3pm
Where: Chandler Center for the Arts
250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler Arizona

Tickets: Please visit: Chandler Center for the Arts
$25.00 Tickets includes a signed CD.  This performance will sell out. 



Join Chris Burton Jácome and Calo Flamenco for an intimate and unforgettable evening of music and dance at Chanlder Center for the Arts.  Chris eleases ‘LEVANTO’ – The first ever CD of its kind producted in the US: ‘Levanto’ is a culmination of work in collaboration with Calo Flamenco: Ballet de Martin Gaxiola, a professional flamenco repertory company based out of Phoenix, Arizona.  Encapsulated in this brilliant CD is raw emotion, including rhythmical footwork, mesmerizing vocal harmonies and innovative melodies; a reflection of the bymbiotic working relationship shared between Chris Burton Jácome and artistic Director, Martin Gaxiola.

“Levanto” is a celebration of culture; the culmination of all the richness of pure flamenco mixed with Chris Jácome’s unique musical perspective.  Chris Burton Jácome’s CD “Levanto” will challenge and excite your thoughts about this gypsy art form while creating a superior audio experience that will leave you feeling inspired and energized. “Levanto is fabulous flamenco that can stand alongside any created in Spain or by those inspired beyond its borders.”World Music Central

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