"It's all about the language of the finger-tips. A guitarist has to be a master of "pluck!" Minnesota guitarist, Jim Falbo is a true master...This is a glorious recording from a guitarist who clearly loves this music and has the chops to caress the listener into a seductive and gorgeous sound world." -Steve Staruch host of 99.5 KSJN classical MPR on Jim's 2014 album "Latin American Guitar Legends."
Jim Falbo is an eclectic and accomplished classical/acoustic guitarist, composer, instructor, performer, and music arranger from St. Paul, Minnesota. Jim's music has been featured on Classical MPR 99.5 KSJN and 88.5 KBEM Jazz radio throughout Minnesota. Jim started playing guitar at the age of 11 after growing up listening to Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, and many 90's alternative bands on the radio. His love of many forms of music developed into a passion for classical and acoustic guitar, when he studied with guitarist Dean Harrington at K and S Conservatory of music. Jim has received shining reviews and is well known as a "guitarists guitarist" from audiences and musicians alike with an ability to play such a wide range of genres and styles. Jim plays a wide selection of music, specializing in classical European, Latin, contemporary, gypsy jazz, world music, pop classics,,and acoustic fingerstyle guitar. Jim is a high demand and award-winning performer and plays in many settings including concerts, weddings, corporate events, and various other venues and events throughout the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest. Jim has won the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Weddingwire.com Couples' Choice Awards winner for ceremony musician. Jim has also won the Best of 2017, and 2018 The Bash.com award (formerly Gigmasters.com).
He has played in various guitar society events including the annual Classical Guitarathon and Minnesota's Local Artists Series. as well as a Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Pop--Up Classical series. Some recent concert venues Jim has performed in recently include The Cedar Cultural Center, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Studio Z, James J. Hill House, Sundin Hall, and Lake Harriet Bandshell.
Jim draws a loyal following to his intimate and entertaining concerts, which many describe as "simply inspiring." His performances attract a wide variety of listeners throughout Minnesota while performing pieces from his expansive and distinct repertoire. Jim has written and recorded several works for the guitar. His compositions are heavily influenced from the romantic era, with European, South American, and even flamenco guitar influences. He has recorded four albums - Strings of Passion (2008) Sounds of Europe (2013), Latin American Guitar Legends (2014) and his most recent release Guitar Reveries (Oct. 10, 2016). The new album includes his widest range of music to date including virtuosic South American, Spanish, and contemporary pieces.
Jim currently resides in Burnsville, MN, and he enjoys rooting for the affable losers of the local sports scene when he's not playing music.
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Jim Falbo's concerts fuse classical and romantic music with many other styles and genres. The program's Jim put together stand out from the rest, with his "classical accessibility" approach, which involves meshing the classical guitar repertoire with contemporary hits, gypsy jazz, and pop classics. Jim selects a wide array of pieces in concerts from his vast repertoire, including Latin, Spanish, gypsy jazz, and contemporary pieces on classical and acoustic fingerstyle guitar. His performances keep audiences and music lovers engaged with a style and technical ability that is lyrical and virtuosic from beginning to end. Jim's concerts simply have something for everyone.