First seven photos courtesy of Giliane Mansfeldt photography

"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. His new recording, Latin American Guitar Legends is what guitar playing should sound like. Languid Latin melodies like Leo Brouwer's "Bewitching Eyes" (Ojos Brujos) are haunting in their simple emotional treatment. But the playful rhythm of so much Latin music is also on full display. Antonio Lauro's "La Gatica" will have you tapping with both feet. Falbo is also a terrific sound "colorist." The Villa-Lobos Prelude No. 1 is performed with sundrenched brightness. (You may need sunglasses while listening!). 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, radio host on Classical Minnesota Public Radio 99.5 KSJN from 3:00pm to 7:00pm, Mondays thru Fridays.
 

"I can't help but be drawn in by the sound, style, and warmth of Jim Falbo's guitar playing.  There is this simple glory in melodies played by Jim.  Just check out his website  and immediately, the samples start playing and you get this feeling like a baby angel was just born. Or, like the room is made of fluffy clouds.  Or, like falling in love with your SOS again.  Or, like falling in love with a stranger at first sight.  (Take caution: you might not want to look at strangers while listening to Jim Falbo.  I mean, unless you're trying to fall in love with a stranger. (No judgment.) 
Jim's repertoire includes six categories! Classical/romantic, Spanish, South American, Latin/Jazz Fusion, Folk/blues, and contemporary.  Makes me feel kinda lame that I never mastered so much as strumming basic guitar chords.  But, if I were to ever be disciplined and skilled enough to play a guitar (one can dream!), I'd aspire to play with the quality, brightness, and flawlessness as Jim does.  He puts love songs on a whole 'nother level, like in heaven with cute newborn baby angels. I highly recommend seeing Jim play live...  - Liz Xiong, City of Saint Paul's Sounds Perfect, 2016: Year of Music

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Jim Falbo’s new album "Latin American Guitar Legends" contains an assortment of popular pieces from the Latin American region. Included in the album are Cuban-born guitarist Leo Brouwer’s gentle ballade “Un Dia de Noviembre,” (A Day in November) as well as João Pernambuco’s upbeat “Sons de Carrilhoes” (Sounds of Bells). Other stand-out pieces are Venezuelan Guitarist Antonio Lauro’s three waltzes El Negrito, Andreina, and La Gatica, as well as the mysterious “Milonga del Angel” by Astor Piazzolla. Ending out the album is the endearing “Julia Florida” by Paraguayan guitarist/composer Agustin Barrios Mangore. The album is a true testament to the versatility of the young guitarist. Jim plays each piece with a passionate and delicate touch, keeping the composer’s original intent in mind throughout.

Track listing:

1) Tango En Skai (Roland Dyens)

2) Se Ela Perguntar (Dilermando Reis)

3) Xodó da Baiana (Dilermando Reis)

4) Alma Apaixonada (Dilermando Reis)

5) Danza Brasilera (Jorge Morel)

6) Prelude No. 1 (Heitor Villa-Lobos)

7) Choro No. 1 (Heitor Villa-Lobos)

8) Afro-Cuban Lullaby (Leo Brouwer)

9) Un Dia de Noviembre (Leo Brouwer)

10) Ojos Brujos (Leo Brouwer)

11) Preludio from "Suite No. 2" (Leo Brouwer)

12) Maria Luisa (Julio Sagreras)

13) La Gatica (Antonio Lauro)

14) El Negrito (Antonio Lauro)

15) Andreina (Antonio Lauro)

16) Milonga del Angel (Astor Piazzolla)

17) Sons de Carrilhoes (João Pernambuco)

18) Julia Florida (Agustin Barrios Mangore)

"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. His new recording, Latin American Guitar Legends is what guitar playing should sound like. Languid Latin melodies like Leo Brouwer's "Bewitching Eyes" (Ojos Brujos) are haunting in their simple emotional treatment. But the playful rhythm of so much Latin music is also on full display. Antonio Lauro's "La Gatica" will have you tapping with both feet. Falbo is also a terrific sound "colorist." The Villa-Lobos Prelude No. 1 is performed with sundrenched brightness. (You may need sunglasses while listening!). 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, radio host on classical MPR 99.5 KSJN from 3:00pm to 7:00pm, Mondays thru Fridays.

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This album is a superb collection of eclectic guitar music, including classic pieces of music by Bach, Barrios, Sor, and Tarrega. Guitarist Jim Falbo explores the various periods of music including baroque, classical, and romantic. He has also included two original compositions which exhibit his passion for the romantic period of music, and the virtuosity possible on the instrument.

Album contents:

1) Mazurka Appassionata (Agustin Barrios)

2) Shores of Infinity (Jim Falbo)

3 Moderato (Jim Falbo)

4 Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Francisco Tarrega)

5 Capricho Arabe (Francisco Tarrega)

6 Fugue BWV 1001 (J.S. Bach)

7 Gigue BWV 1009 (J.S. Bach)

8 Prelude from Cello Suite 1 (J.S. Bach)

9 Gavottes 1 an 2 (J.S. Bach)

10 Across The Universe (The Beatles

11 Estudio 17 (Fernando Sor)

12 Vals 8 no 3 (Agustin Barrios)

13 Julia Florida (Agustin Barrios)

14 Una Limosna por el amor de dios (Agustin Barrios)

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Guitar Reveries: CD

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Jim Falbo's latest album "Guitar Reveries" offers a unique selection of nostalgic and dreamy Latin, Spanish, and contemporary favorites on classical and acoustic guitar. Featuring works by Granados, Tarrega, Albeniz Dilermando Reis, The Beatles, Etta James, Elvis Presley, and many more! This eclectic mix of pieces is a new approach to modern solo guitar recordings, with the blending of many different styles and unique composers.

A free Mp3 download of the album come with the purchase of the CD. A download link will be sent directly to your e-mail once you pay with Paypal.

*if you wish for a signed album, indicate so in the paypal comments!

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Check out Jim's interview with 88.5 KBEM radio's Phil Nusbaum. He discusses his experience playing weddings, and some challenges and enjoyment of playing these kind of gigs. https://beta.prx.org/stories/176065
Check out Jim's interview with Phil Nusbaum from Jazz FM 88.5 WBEM. This piece aired on the radio before his Studio Z concert on April 15th. Jim talks about his introduction to classical guitar, and how he enjoys incorporating many kinds of music into his concerts.