MP3 Chris Burton Jácome - Pa´lante
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13 MP3 Songs
WORLD: Flamenco, LATIN: Flamenco
"Chris Burton Jácome joins the ranks of flamenco guitar masters..." Scott Barker-Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
If you are familiar with my past work...namely, "Motivación", you are in for a surprise. It will be obvious after just one listen through that I have grown enormously in my musical art. If you are a new friend I encourage you to give Motivación a listen, you will not regret it. Not only will you have some more great tunes to listen to, but you will also be able to fully appreciate how much I have grown as a musician and producer to be able to create this project.
You will find so much in this CD. Treat yourself to a set of headphones to enjoy this CD with. There will be songs that you love right away, others might grow on you...and still others might grab you when you least expect. Be prepared for anything because I didn't hold back! Whatever I thought up is represented here, from udus and zarbs, to electric guitars and duets. All of it is honest and true to my heart...I am now ready for it to touch yours.
Chris' introduction to guitar was quick to become his life's passion. His first guitar teacher and mentor, Albert Marqués, introduced the young musician to the provocative rhythms of flamenco. Chris' passion for the music led him first to the completion of two degrees from the University of Arizona, a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance and a BA in Spanish Literature. Chris then set out to immerse himself in this evocative form of music that stirred his soul. To expose himself to the best of flamenco, he left Tucson, Arizona in 1998 and moved to Sevilla, Spain to pursue his dream of becoming a flamenco guitarist.
After just three weeks of study in Sevilla, Chris' guitar instructor, Miguel Aragón, asked him to assume 2nd chair accompaniment to Juana Amaya, one of Spain's premiere flamenco dancers. This rare opportunity allowed Chris to accompany singers such as Enrique Robles, Segundo Falcón and Cristo "El Francés." Chris also assumed 1st chair accompaniment position at Juan Triana's dance studio in Sevilla. Chris immersed himself in the world of flamenco for nearly a year. Through hours of practice, performance and observation and by adding flamenco dance, palmas and percussion classes to his course of study he found his voice in flamenco.
Upon his return from Spain, Chris was selected to be first guitarist in Olivia Rojo's Flamenco Y Más flamenco dance company. With Flamenco Y Más, Chris played to many sold-out performances and performed with guitarist, Pedro Cortés and singer, Joaquin Escudero. In 1999 Chris went on an east coast tour as first guitarist with Carlota Santana's Spanish Dance Company of New York, where he accompanied Antonio Hidalgo. Later that same year, he released his debut flamenco CD entitled, Motivación.
The reaction to Motivación was outstanding as illustrated by these customer reviews; "Unbelievable talent," "A beautiful piece of guitar work from the heart," "A Must Have!" And from Scott Barker of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, "Chris Burton Jácome joins the ranks of Flamenco guitar masters with his fiery and impassioned self-released album Motivación." This debut CD is made up of 10 songs all written and performed by Chris with a collection of guest musicians accompanying him on vocals and percussion. Four years after it's release, Motivación is still winning hearts. The title track "Motivación" just finished in the Top 10 in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest World Music Category. Out of 25,000 entries!
Chris' performances are now in high demand. Chris performs over 200 times a year and is being invited to ever more distant locales. Aside from "Olé"... "Engaging" and "full of energy" are the two phrases heard most after one of Chris' performances. In 2002, Chris finished his second original CD, "Pa'lante" and it has been receiving rave reviews..."Highly recommended for fans of flamenco, nuevo flamenco, world music, or well-executed and recorded guitar music in general"- Guitar Nine Records. "(Pa'lante)'s a great gift for the acoustic and world music lovers in your life"-Scott Barker. "The real deal: heartfelt, mostly restrained playing that puts the listener first"- Stephen Seigel. "What comes through most plainly on the album is Jácome's undeniable talents as both a composer and player"- Thomas Bond. Pa'lante is a revolutionary work combining the integrity of flamenco with the melodic hooks and production of today's pop artists. Chris Burton Jácome...guitarist, composer, performer, producer is the first to bring these two worlds together so seamlessly.
All of this only 4 years after his return from Spain...Chris is gaining momentum! His quest for personal and musical growth has recently taken him to an intensive percussion workshop in Brazil and upon his return Chris has taken the position of musical director for Martín Gaxiola's Calo Flamenco, a modern flamenco dance company soon to be the best in the western hemisphere.
The excitement Chris Burton Jácome is bringing to flamenco is endless...
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