Flamenco Fiesta Fin de Verano

September 7, 2012

I was in San Diego for a 3-day flamenco fiesta during Labor Day Weekend. I have much gratitude for Reyes Barrios, a very talented flamenco dancer and singer, who contacted me and Chris to partake in the Flamenco Fiesta Fin de Verano this year. It was truly a weekend I will never forget. I met a lot of fantastic flamenco artists, had the opportunity to teach workshops and perform. An incredible experience!

Some images are photographed by the talented: Juliana Melnishki & tagged JM

Teaching a Sevillanas Class.

Juliana Melnishki Photography

Juliana Melnishki Photography

Above photo taken by friend: Henrietta Hurtado

Above photo taken by Henrietta Hurtado

Taking class with the beautiful Yaelisa.

Enjoying some down time after class with my student, Heather.

Pit stop at Mexicali Tacos in El Centro, CA. Chris loves their burritos!!! So Good!

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Staying Grounded

July 17, 2012

 

I travel quite a bit. If I’m home for a solid 2 weeks then I’m super excited about it. Now, I’m not complaining about traveling. Normally my travel is for work; to perform or teach and I LOVE my job.  But, home is my sanctuary. I can cook what I want to cook in my kitchen, my bed…. ahhhh… I love my bed. I quite simply love my home.

So, when I’m traveling, one aspect that I work on (because my mind runs at 100 miles a minute and I’m a constant daydreamer) is staying grounded. Several things that help with staying centered are mantras, meditation and one of my favorites, Yoga.

Reminiscent of ‘tree pose’ in yoga.

To you from me…Wishing you a beautiful week!

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

 

 

 

 

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Stop by Tapa’s Papa Fritas this Saturday, June 9, 2012.  I’ll be performing with Chris Burton Jácome and Martín Gaxiola. Music begins at 7:30pm and dancing begins at 8:15pm.  No cover.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

Good Stuff!

May 31, 2012

I came across a fantastic article written by Wayne Dyer about the topic of forgiveness. Below is a snippet from his article:

“Forgiveness is the key to inner peace because it is the mental

technique by which our thoughts are transformed from fear to love.”

Marianne Williamson

The act of forgiving yourself shows that you are living the awakened life. Many years ago, my sister-in-law made me a beautiful pillow that says, “I’m allowed.” For me, it is a reminder that I am allowed to live my life as I see fit, to make mistakes, and to learn from those mistakes. Many people live their lives believing they are not allowed. Judgmental adults succeeded in convincing them that there are irrevocable rules which state what you can or cannot say, be or do; to hate the enemies assigned to you, to disregard all religions except the one you were born into, to dismiss those who appear different from you, and so on. At some point in your life you adopted these rules for yourself and made them a lifetime code of conduct. Yet you also found that it was impossible to live up to all of them all of the time. Consequently, you filled yourself with guilt for not having lived up to the judgmental code that was imposed upon you.

For the full article please visit Wayne Dyer.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Happy Tuesday!

May 29, 2012

I’ve been home for approximately one week.  I’ve slept more this week than I have in the 6 + weeks of touring.  I found some inspiring images (not taken by me) from: Vicky’s Blog. Here are few to brighten up your day or inspire you in some way! Happy Tuesday!

 

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Visit Vicky’s Blog for more inspiring images

 

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

Inspiration on the road

April 16, 2012

I just performed at Oxnard Performing Arts Center today.  I’m hanging out in my hotel room with my roommate getting work done and every so often checking in on Facebook and keeping connected with my online friends.  A wonderful friend of mine posted this image so I felt compelled to share.  Sometimes it’s difficult to let go of the past, but it so liberating when I’m able to.  It’s a great gift to have the ability to dream and so fulfilling when our visions become our realities! So, dream well my friend…

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

Mutton dressed as Lamb

April 11, 2012

I got into Idaho Falls, Idaho last night from a concert in Elko, Nevada.  It was a 5 1/2 hour drive and after checking into my hotel room a few of us went to a local grocery store to get food for the next few days.

I purchased a package of couscous thinking I could use my microwave to cook in 5 minutes, which is absolutely amazing to me!  I got suckered into the package of ‘convenience’. Wow, 5 minutes!  Why have I not discovered this sooner.  Couscous normally takes me 15-20 minutes to cook at home on a stove top.  I blame my purchasing mistake on lack of food and sleep.

Upon arriving to my hotel I plop the concoction into my microwave and a few minutes later, Viola! Mutton dressed as Lamb... The item in my bowl really didn’t look like the couscous I’m familiar with.  Then…. yes, that’s right…. It’s then at that moment I looked at the side of the box and read the ingredients… precooked medium gran semolina.  Also contains wheat ingredients….  Mutton dressed as Lamb.

No, thank you!

I settled for an Ezekiel tortilla wrap with organic avocado, kale, and Applegate sliced turkey…. a better choice!

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

 

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I flew into San Jose, California and performed in the area on April 5, 2012 with the Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Quartet including Emerson Laffey on percussion and Adrian Goldenthal on bass.  Invited guest Albert Marques played flamenco guitar.  Albert was Chris’ first guitar teacher and the person to introduce Chris to flamenco.  Needless to say, it was a very special evening had by all! Here are a few images from that evening, photos courtesy of Mike Adams, a longtime friend of Chris’.

Albert Marques & Chris Burton Jácome

From L to R: Albert Marques, Mike Adams, Chris Burton Jácome, Emerson Laffey, Adrian Goldenthal and Me!

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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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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No Cover.  Dancing begins at 8:15pm. Visit Tapa’s Papa Fritas to make reservations!

Sincerely,

Lena Jacome

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