East Valley Tribune
World class guitarists play free concert
Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2015 8:00 am
Arizona based company, Jácome Flamenco, is thrilled to present, Tres Guitarras. This all guitar concert features Jácome Flamenco’s artistic director, flamenco guitarist Chris Jácome alongside blues guitarist Bob Fahey of South Dakota, and jazz guitarist Stan Sorenson of Tempe.
Tres Guitarras debuts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. This concert is part of a free summer concert series for the community and is a perfect evening for the entire family to share.
“Tres Guitarras is an extraordinary guitar experience. We’ll take a journey into our artistic journeys as guitarists and musicians,” Jácome said. “You’ll hear some phenomenal music and witness some guitar acrobatics. But really, this concert is about a great night for the family to enjoy together. With just 6 strings, the guitar can become its own orchestra. You get to hear soulful blues, hip jazz riffs and exciting flamenco strums, then hear it all fused together. This show is a celebration of the guitar and it’s going to be an unforgettable concert.”
Chris Jácome studied flamenco guitar with some of the greatest flamenco performers of this era while living in Sevilla, Spain. Inspired to share his passion for this incredible art form, Jácome created Jácome Flamenco in 2003, and has since become an internationally acclaimed touring company. The company has performed to many sold-out theatres and has performed throughout the US, as well as in Spain, Canada, Mexico and Indonesia, including recent engagements at Jazz at Lincoln Center and New York City Center in January, 2015.
Don’t miss your chance to hear this world class guitar trio.
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West Valley News, Phoenix
Birt’s Bistro offers night of FlamencoPosted: Thursday, April 2, 2015 6:30 pm
The Night of Flamenco will showcase both dancers and guitarists who have studied Flamenco under Chris Burton Jácome and Lena Jácome. [Submitted photo]
The Glendale Community College VERVE Dance Company and award-winning guitarists will perform “Night of Flamenco” 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise.
Founded in 1989, VERVE Dance Company is the resident dance company of Glendale Community College.
Members of VERVE Dance Co. have the opportunity to work with local dance companies, train with internationally and nationally renowned guest teachers and choreographers, and mount their own choreographic works on the VERVE dancers.The evening will showcase both dancers and guitarists who have studied Flamenco under Chris Burton Jácome and Lena Jácome.
Chris is an award-winning songwriter and musician whose music has been featured on the Emmy Award-winning PBS special, “Flamenco.”
Lena tours the nation performing with Calo Flamenco and The Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble.
Birt’s Bistro will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. for the event. The performance will begin at 5:30 p.m. A special event-themed menu will be served.
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The Advocate, Louisiana
Olé! Full flamenco troupe will dance, sing, play at the ManshipFeb. 05, 2015
By Robin Miller
This will be the first Baton Rouge show for Jacome Flamenco's full company of dancers.
Jácome Flamenco has been infiltrating south Louisiana culture for the last three years.
Sounds like a spy thriller, doesn’t it? No worries.
The mission here isn’t to replace zydeco and Cajun music and dancing with the popular Spanish art form, but to enhance it.
This is why the full company of Jácome Flamenco’s dancers and musicians will finally stage a public Baton Rouge performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Manship Theatre. A school performance will follow at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12.
“The company’s founder Chris Jácome and his wife Lena have been giving classes and workshops here for the last two-and-a-half years,” says Renee Chatelain, the theater’s executive director. “They are well familiar with Baton Rouge, but this is the first time the full company will perform.”
Flamenco is a mix of Spanish folk music and dance originating from Spain’s southern region of Andalusia. Performances include guitars, dancing, singing and hand claps.
But Jácome Flamenco will be doing more than introducing Baton Rouge audiences to a form of dance — it will be demonstrating Spanish culture through its innovative collaboration of dynamic music and intricate footwork.
Jácome Flamenco is made up of three dancers and five musicians. Founder Chris Jácome, a virtuoso guitarist and composer, performs with the group of musicians, which also includes vocalists.
“The unbridled energy, inspiration and excitement of Jácome Flamenco’s singers, dancers and musicians take audiences on a whirlwind journey of Andalusía,” the company’s biographical statement says. “You feel the rhythm, hear the song, smell the wine and see the beauty of a distant culture encouraging you to join in. The art of flamenco explodes onstage and audience shouts of ‘Olé!’ become part of the experience, part of the passion of flamenco.”
There is yet another component to this performance that makes it a little more special. For the first time, the Manship Theatre has dedicated a season to raise money for a cause, this being its 2014-15 dance season.
“If you’ve ever attended a show on Broadway, you know how they talk about Broadway Cares at the end of each performance and how the organization raises money for HIV/AIDS research,” Chatelain said while announcing the theater’s season lineup last August. “They pass buckets around the audience, and we’ll be doing the same thing here for Dance Speaks at the end of our dance performances. This is a way we can use the arts to improve our community and for a social cause.”
Dance Speaks is an organization that raises money to transport children with HIV and AIDS to Camp Hope, run by the HIV/AIDS Foundation in Houston, where children with these diseases can attend summer camp.
“They have the staff to attend to these children and their special needs,” Chatelain says. “We want to send 15 children.”
So far, some $8,000 has been raised at performances by LA Ballroom Studio, Pascal Rioult, Of Moving Colors and the Cangelosi Dance Project.
“We’re halfway there, and we hope to raise the other half through the national company performances of Jácome Flamenco, then Sidra Bell on April 18, as well as our other performances.”
In the meantime, Jácome Flamenco will add its own flavor to Louisiana culture not only through its performances but in transporting students and instructors in LSU’s dance program to Seville, Spain, for a week of instruction on Monday.
“They’ll not only be learning flamenco but attending flamenco performances,” Chatelain. “It’s a great opportunity for them.”
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