CHRIS BURTON JÁCOME
Chris Burton Jácome began playing guitar in 1986. While living in Sevilla, Spain, Chris studied flamenco guitar with some of the greatest flamenco performers of this era. Since Chris’ return from Spain, he has been performing over 200 shows a year and has played many sold-out performances throughout the US and Canada.
Chris’ music can be heard scoring the Emmy Award Winning PBS television special: “Flamenco” (broadcast in Arizona by KAET-TV Channel 8: Mike Sauceda, producer) and on the popular TV shows “Kyle xy” and “Greek”. Most recently two of Chris’ original songs appeared in the film “Amreeka” which was a jury selection for the Sundance Film Festival and won the Fipresci Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. Chris’ flamenco version of the Christmas Classic, “Joy to the World”, was included in Coldwater Creek Catalogue’s 2004 Christmas CD. Chris can also be heard as the featured soloist in the movie soundtrack of “9/tenths”.
Chris’ music has received critical acclaim from the beginning of his career. From Chris’ debut CD, Motivación, the title track “Motivación” finished in the Top 10 in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest World Music Category. Out of 25,000 entries! Since his first CD’s debut Chris has written and recorded two other original flamenco albums: “Pa’lante” & “Flamenco” and has started out 2010 with the release of his 4th original album entitled “LEVANTO”. Chris’ new album features the music, lyrics and even the footwork created for the flamenco spectacular by the nationally touring flamenco dance company, CALO FLAMENCO, Ballet de Martín Gaxiola. LEVANTO will have you yelling, “Olé!” long after you’ve finished listening to it. “LEVANTO is fabulous flamenco that can stand alongside any created in Spain or by those inspired beyond its borders." -- World Music Central.
Chris is currently the musical director for one the most prestigious touring flamenco dance companies in the United States, Calo Flamenco, Ballet de Martín Gaxiola. Chris writes the music and lyrics for Calo’s productions and performs live with his musical ensemble for Calo’s Broadway-ready flamenco dance shows.