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Evening of Guitar
Classical, Spanish & Flamenco

Saturday, January 24, 2009
7pm Marian Theatre

Music & dance by
Chris Burton Jacome Flamenco Ensemble

Featuring Guitarists Tony Harmon & Ray Pannell Percussionist Johnny Sandoval

Tickets & Information call (805) 922-8313
Pre-show Reception & Concert VIP Tickets: $35
Adults $25
Seniors, Children, Students $22
Benefiting PCPA Theaterfest Scholarship Fund

Tony Harmon was born in Riverside California and began his lifelong relationship with the guitar at the age of eleven. He has studied with noted guitarist's Patrick Read, Miguel Rubio, George Sakellariou, Ray Reussner and Christopher Parkening.Tony Harmon

In 1976 Tony moved to England to further his studies of the guitar.
Upon returning from England he attended Gavilan College in Gilroy CA., The Conservatory of Music in San Francisco and USC. Tony now resides in Paso Robles CA.

Tony has made numerous television appearances on PBS, ABC and CBS, performing for special events and was asked to perform for President Ronald Reagan at the Western White House.

At the age of 18, Tony was awarded the Outstanding Instrumentalist Award by the Northern California Arts Association. At the age of 21 He composed and performed the musical soundtrack for ABC televisions' The William Randolf Hearst Story.

Cancion del Sueno is Tony's third CD release. The first was "Tony Harmon...on the guitar" recorded live at the Mission La Purisima on the Central Coast of California. The second was "Tony Harmon...The Romantic Guitar" and introduces guitarist Ray Pannell on several duets.  Tony continues to perform and seek opportunities in the world of music.

Ray PannellJoining Tony Harmon is Ray Pannell...a dynamic player who enjoys all genres of the guitar. Ray has worked in the studio with Steve Lukather of the band TOTO, with Lamont Dozier of Holland Dozier Holland, Frank Stallone on the soundtrack to Stayin Alive and Rocky III.

Ray has performed on the Johnny Carson Show, Arsenio Hall Show, Jay Leno, The Today Show and is a member of the Mary Wilson Band of The Supremes and has toured the world performing in concert.

Ray is a virtuosic player and recognized as such throughout the music industry. He is as comfortable performing blues, rock and jazz as he is performing his own brand of Latin guitar.

Ray Pannell and Tony Harmon met in the studio in the 80's and have been close friends since that time. They have performed and recorded together and do so to standing ovations.


Johnny SandovalJoining Tony Harmon and Ray Pannell is percussionist Johnny Sandoval, a native of Miami, Florida was introduced to music by his familly who migrated to the USA from Almeria, Spain. Having a cousin who danced flamenco with Charro, and uncle's maintaining a Swing/Mambo/Rumba band, Sandoval began playing at a very young age. He started playing bongos, and continued to hone his skills as a multi-talented percussionist.

His performance credits include La Tania de Espania, Sister Sledge, Arturo Sandoval, Bloodstone, Joe Bataan, Heatwave, Oneway, Greg Adams, and many others. Sandoval can also be heard on movie soundtracks such as Mel Gibson's, "Ransom", and Brad Pitts, "The Devils Own", as well as the internationally popular television show "Sabado Gigante".

Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble
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 including: Miguel Aragón, Manolo Franco, Juan del Gastor, Juan Amador, Juana Amaya, Enrique Robles, Segundo Falcón and Cristo "El Francés." Chris Burton Jácome

Chris has played many sold-out solo performances and has worked alongside great artists in the U.S. such as Carlota Santana's Spanish Dance Company (New York), Tania Tandias (Wisconsin), Caminos Flamencos (San Francisco), ‘Zona Flamenca (Scottsdale) and Flamenco Y Más (Tucson). Chris is currently the musical director for the largest flamenco company in the United States, Calo Flamenco with over 22 members, Chris writes the music and performs with this Broadway-ready flamenco show.

Chris’ debut CD, Motivación, received this comment from Scott Barker of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, "Chris Burton Jácome joins the ranks of Flamenco guitar masters". 3 years after it’s release the title track "Motivación" finished in the Top 10 in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest World Music Category. Out of 25,000 entries! Chris’ second album, "Pa’lante", was just as well received: "Pa'lante is an astonishing release from a flamenco artist filled with passion, life and peace. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself and friends with a copy of Pa'lante by Chris Burton Jácome" – (Maurice E.O.M.) & "Highly recommended for fans of flamenco, nuevo flamenco, world music, or well-executed and recorded guitar music in general" – (Guitar Nine Records)

Chris’ music can be heard on the Emmy Award Winning PBS television special: "Flamenco", (broadcast in Arizona by KAET-TV Channel 8: Mike Sauceda, producer). Chris’ flamenco version of the Christmas Classic, "Joy to the World", was included in Coldwater Creek Catalogue’s 2004 Christmas CD. Chris will also soon be heard as the featured soloist in the movie soundtrack of "9/tenths". To see a trailer for this film, go to The month of April, 2005 marked the release of Chris’ 4th album entitled, "Flamenco". "Flamenco" is an exciting new work eliciting reviews like "Jácome’s gorgeous, evocative compositions are a testament to his abilities as a writer and performer..." – (Get Out! Magazine’s Chris Hansen) and "An extraordinary and fresh-sounding, passionate album..." – ( June 2005).

Marielena Jácome

Marielena JácomeMarielena Jácome attained her B.F.A. Degree in Dance Performance at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and attained a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Choreography and Performance at Arizona State University.

She has studied flamenco from Antonio Hidalgo, Carola Zertuche, Bernadette Gaxiola, La Tania and has traveled to Spain to study under La Faraona and La Gallardí.

Marielena Jácome has instructed at Mesa Community College and was an artist in residence for Camelback High School and guest instructed at Arizona State University & Scottsdale Community College. 

Chris Burton Jácome is Marielena's husband and she has been a dancer for Calo Flamenco under the direction of Martin Gaxiola for the past four years.


Martin Gaxiola

Martin Gaxiola, artistic director and creator of Calo Flamenco and one of the dancers involved in theMartin Gaxiola upcoming PCPA performance, flamenco is every bit about the communication and melding of a mass group effort.

"The essence of true flamenco is a celebration of life and the experience of this folk art form," said Gaxiola. "As a part of their socialization and getting together for community, they created a song and dance."

As a child, Gaxiola was always surrounded by Mexican folkloric dance, and he would watch his older sisters take flamenco lessons without participating.

Testing out different artistic avenues from theater to choir to percussion, Gaxiola took up every other interest except dance, though he always loved it.

Gaxiola finally explored dance while finishing up an accounting degree at ASU at 21.

"I knew that flamenco was something I needed to do," said Gaxiola. "Once you find something you're passionate about you have to follow it. You just can't walk away."

Gaxiola credits the balance in his life to his dual roles as accountant and flamenco dancer.

"(Flamenco) is more of a way of life and not an art," said Gaxiola. "There is no disconnect from my life and when I get onstage. It's who I am. Through the improvisational structure, you're expressing yourself. You never do the same thing twice onstage."