“…A great gift has been made to each and every one of us – the privilege of living in the world for a short span of years and the opportunity of doing our part to help the less fortunate; to improve civilization; to advance knowledge, both the scientific knowledge of men and the wisdom which is from above. The gift of human life and the opportunity which is ours to serve others… should be regarded as a sacred trust.”  — George Pepperdine

The main purpose for my trip to Jakarta was to perform and participate in the Gala Latina Blanca 2012 Charity Event organized by President of the Ibero-American Association, Alma Schnell.

Posing with Alma Schnell and Chris Burton Jácome

The event was a major success and I’m so proud to have been included in such an inspiring event. Also performing in the event were the children of Pondok Taruna, a local orphanage.

Alma rehearsing with the kids during tech.

Alma Schnell had volunteered her time with these kids over the past year.

Backstage before the performance.

Posing with all the performers that evening.

Throughout this entire trip, the most profound experience for me was my time with these beautiful kids. I’m forever changed and incredibly grateful for the experience.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Labour of Love

November 17, 2012

It had been a whirlwind day. The night before I had just arrived to Jakarta from Amsterdam; a painful 15 hour flight.  I was exhausted. That night, I got a few hours sleep and headed out early in the morning to catch my flight to Bali. Tired — YES! Hungry — Absolutely!! After getting situated in our hotel room, my husband and I walked over to the restaurant for dinner.

As I sat down to eat dinner at the restaurant, an overwhelming sense of peace and calm came over me. I felt as if my grandparents were present. They both passed away years ago. However, at that moment I knew they were with me. I got the sensation that they were so tickled and so proud that their granddaughter was having a hearty dinner in Bali.

Bali
Bali (Photo credit: LenaJacome)

I felt their ‘labour of love’: All their hard work and sacrifices so that their children and generations after could experience a better quality of life. I kid you not, it was the best meal ever!

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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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

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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I came across this video on Facebook.  Two of my former ballet teachers from New World School of Arts in Miami, Florida, had posted this video of Nederlands Dans Theatre.  The dancers are beautiful and amazing technicians.  I was so moved by the choreography…. absolutely creative.  This piece falls under the category of  ‘genius’ and ‘inspiration’. The intimate movement choices are absolutely captivating to me. I hope you enjoy!

Petite Mort de Jirí Kylián Nederlands Dans Theater parte 2 de 2

Coreografía: Jirí Kylián
Música: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Piano Concerto in A Major -KV 488-, Adagio,Piano Concerto in C Major -KV 467-, Andante)

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Sincerely,Lena Jácome

The Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble will be performing at Desert Botanical Garden as part of their Music in the Garden Series.

Artists include:  Chris Burton Jácome, Martín Gaxiola, Emerson Laffey, Adrian Goldenthal & Lena Jácome

Concert Details:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

12noon – 2:00pm

$21.00 General Admission

$8.00 Children

Doors open at 11:00am

Open seating

To purchase tickets: www.dbg.org

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Lorca

Photo Courtesy: Sylvia Hardt Photography

I’m so proud to be included with a talented cast of actors in the fabulous theater production of ‘Lorca in a Green Dress’ presented by Teatro Bravo!  The play is based on the life of Federico Garcia Lorca after his assassination, where he finds himself in his own Purgatory Room, facing his own memories, fears, dreams, characters, poetry and questions from his own life. The play’s surreal nature is heightened by the Flamenco Dancer, who moves to the rhythm of her feet.

Performance Dates:
February 16, 17, 18, 24, 25
March 1, 2, 3
7:30pm

Phoenix Little Theatre
100 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ  85004
(602) 254-2151

Purchase Tickets Here

$18.50, $13.50 for students, seniors and military,
Pay-as-you-can on Preview Night, February 16.

Directed by: Raymond King Shurtz
Artistic Director: Fernando Teson
Lorca
Photo Courtesy: Sylvia Hardt Photography

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Sincerely,

Lena Jacome
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I’ll be performing tonight and tomorrow night at Tapa’s Papa Fritas.  Tonight, February 10th with flamenco guitarist, Chris Burton Jácome & flamenco dancer, Martin Gaxiola.  Tomorrow Night, February 11th I’ll be performing with Chris Burton Jácome and percussionist, Emerson Laffey.  Stop by! No Cover.  Music begins at 7:30pm and flamenco dancing begins at 8:15pm.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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I will be performing with the CBJ Flamenco Ensemble on January 29th, 2012 – tomorrow, at the Phoenix Art Museum.  This is an outdoor event. Visit: www.phxart.org for more information.

Sincerely,
Lena Jácome

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