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Chris Burton Jácome

About the musician: Chris Burton Jácome

Originally from: Tucson

Creating music since: Professionally, 1999 (began playing guitar in 1986)

Describe your music style: “I am a touring, concert Flamenco guitarist and composer. Flamenco is a gypsy art form of song/dance/guitar-playing from the southern province of Spain, Andalucía.”

Influences: “Flamenco guitar players Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, Gerardo Núñez, Chicuelo, Vicente Amigo, and Sabicas. Flamenco singers Fernanda and Bernarda de Utrera, Miguel Funi, El Lebrijano, Inés Bacán, La Niña de los Peines, Antonio Mairena, and Camarón. Non-Flamenco music: Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Sting, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Van Halen, Slash, J.S. Bach, Michael Jackson, Willie Nelson and of course, Metallica and Tori Amos.”

Résumé highlights: Title song from “Motivacion” a Top 10 finalist in 1999 John Lennon Songwriting Contest World Music category; “Eastern Eyes,” composed and performed by Jácome, on the soundtrack of the movie Amreeka, which debuted at 2009 Cannes Film Festival; Musical director of Calo Flamenco, Ballet de Martin Gaxiola.

Musician with whom you’d like to perform: “Sting.”

Upcoming performances: Florence (Ariz.) Main Street Festival, 11 a.m., Oct. 17 (free); Old Town Artisans, 201 N. Court, Tucson, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30 ($20).

2009  “Levanto”
2005  “Flamenco”
2003   “It’s a Flamenco Guitar Christmas”
2002   “Pa’Lante”
1999   “Motivacion”

Web site: www.CBJMusic.com

Why Flamenco? There is something in my chemistry that makes the chemistry of Flamenco very attractive. As I have come to know Flamenco better, for me it’s only become more alluring. I still get that amazing love-at-first-sight kind of ‘high’ to keep the passion going. Daily, weekly, yearly I appreciate, understand and love Flamenco as I share my life, my experiences and my feelings with it. I can easily say my lifetime won’t provide me enough time to explore the depths of Flamenco to the extent of my love for the art form.

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