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

Public events listed below. Private events not listed

Previous events

Guitarist Jim Falbo

Hastings Arts Center, 216 4th St E, Hastings, MN 55033

A truly eclectic afternoon of classical, Spanish, Latin, world, and contemporary fingerstyle guitar favorites from my repertoire will be performed in the acoustically sublime music hall at Hastings Arts Center.

Doors open at 2:30 Cost is $20 at door, $15 advance until October 28th.

http://www.hastingsartscenter.org/upcoming-concerts--events.html http://www.hastingsartscenter.org/

Classical MPR Pop-Up Classical series at the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival

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Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul

I will be playing live music at the 2017 Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival. The music runs from 2:30 to 6:30. I go on last at 5:30, and play until 6:30. Look for the MPR stage at the Warner Coliseum

Guitar Reveries album release concert

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Studio Z, 275 4th St E Suite 200, St. Paul

"Guitar Reveries" album release concert. The concert will feature selections from Jim's newest album including Latin, Spanish, and contemporary favorites on classical and acoustic guitar. Featuring works by Granados, Tarrega, Albeniz Reis, The Beatles, Etta James, Elvis Presley, and many more! This eclectic mix of pieces will be a new approach to modern solo guitar recordings, with the blending of many different styles and unique composers. One evening's worth of music will take you to Spain at the turn of the 20th century, to the Beatles, Etta James, and Elvis in their epoch.

All ages.

Tickets: General admission $15, Students/seniors $10 (advance). Tickets available (cash only) at door. Order tickets in advance here: http://www.studiozstpaul.com/falbo-110416.html

Jim Falbo at the Cedar - opening for Miramar

The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis

Jim Falbo will be opening for Miramar. Doors at 7:00, show at 7:30.

About Miramar:

In most of Latin America, if you’re by the sea, there is bound to be a place called Miramar very close by. It will typically have a postcard view of the sea – and if music is playing, chances are that it will be boleros: the romantic ballads that originated in Cuba at the turn of the 20th century.

When Puerto Rican singer Reinaldo Alvarez was looking to name a new Bolero project he searched for something simple that would be familiar to Spanish speakers; a name that would reflect the humble poetry of everyday life. Miramar seemed perfect: a romantic snapshot of a place both close and far away from home.

Miramar, the group, aims to capture that poetry through their music. Using a somewhat traditional instrumentation that includes organ, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and an occasional string quartet the group’s arrangements distill the essence of the golden age of boleros while adding touches that reveal the band’s scope and diversity.

While most of the members of Miramar have Puerto Rican roots, Marlysse Simmons-Argandoña is a first generation Chilean American who brings a distinct South American flavor to her writing and arranging and singer Laura Ann Singh, although born in Tennessee, contributes a Brazilian flavor she owes to her years spent in Brazil singing mostly bossa nova.

Evening Serenade - Romantic Guitar Music

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Studio Z, 275 e 4th St suite 200, St. Paul

Enjoy an evening of romantic music from Spain, Brazil, France, and the Americas. Works from composers as diverse as Barrios, Granados, Albeniz, Tarrega, Reis, Malats, Satie, Jobim, to several arrangements of romantic pop classics and original compositions will be featured. The music performed will take you to Spain and France, right at the turn of the 20th century, or Brazil in the samba craze of the 60's, to the height of Elvis's fame in the 1950's. Come out to Studio Z; it's an intimate space perfect for solo guitar, and there is not a bad seat in the house!

Tickets: Still available for purchase at door with cash. No longer available for purchase online.

$12 - general admission $10 - students/seniors

Studio Z website with concert description, and ticket link: http://www.studiozstpaul.com/falbo-041516.html

Program set list listed below, click on link to view.

Amor - An Afternoon of Romantic Guitar

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Studio Z, 275 E Fourth St (In the Northwestern Building on the second floor), St. Paul

*2/14/16 Note: Tickets are available for purchase at the door with cash or check.

This concert will feature an eclectic and truly unique mix of classical, South American, Spanish, and contemporary romantic music on Valentine's Day in an intimate and exciting concert space. While the idea of the concert is based on romance, not all love is innocent, and certainly not without heartache, as Clapton's song of unrequited love "Layla" will demonstrate. Works featured will range from waltzes, to upbeat South American and fingerstyle pieces, to oldies hits, and romantic Brazilian pieces.

All ages (6+) Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors. There is no assigned seating. First come, first served.

Doors open at 2:30. Cash only at door.

http://www.studiozstpaul.com/ 275 East Fourth St Suite 200 St. Paul, Mn 55101

"All Things Guitar" - Jim Falbo in concert (Hastings, MN)

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Hastings Arts Center, 216 4th st e, Hastings, MN

Jim will be playing a mix of South American, Spanish, acoustic fingerstyle, and contemporary favorites in the sublime acoustic hall at Hastings Arts Center. The venue is easily accessible from the cities, and just over the Hastings High Bridge off of 4th Street between Ramsey and Sibley street. The venue used to be a church, and has been converted into an amazing performance hall and music conservatory. Doors open at 6:30.

Hastings Art Center Website: http://www.hastingsartscenter.org/

FREE parking across the street. Tickets will also be available at the door, please call to confirm availability at: 651-437-4320

$20 at door Age limit: All ages

Eclectic guitar at the James J. Hill House

James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave, St. Paul

Call 651-297-2555 to reserve tickets. Reservations recommended. First come, first seated, doors at 7:00. The program entitled "Latin American Guitar Legends," will feature works from popular South American, Spanish, folk, and several pieces from 60's pop artists. Included in the program is the premiere of two of my newest compositions. Composers featured include Tarrega, Reis, The Beatles, Dave Clark Five, Elvis, Satie, Barrios, Brouwer, and many more. Visit http://events.mnhs.org/calendar/Results.cfm?EventID=6023&bhcp=1 and http://sites.mnhs.org/historic-sites/james-j-hill-house for more info. Tentative program link below.

Cash or check only. $15 - general admission $12 Minnesota Historical Society, and Minnesota Guitar Society members Age limit: All ages

Feb15

Pilgrim Winter Jam

Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1935 St. Clair Ave, St. Paul

Come out for a fun evening of musical entertainment! Performances by rising early-music ensemble Hymnos; classical guitarist Jim Falbo; the men of Singers In Accord; the Pilgrim Saxophone Trio; and the Ecumenical Brass. This concert is a benefit for Pilgrim Lutheran Church. More info at http://www.pilgrimstpaul.org/.

$15 or $10 in advance Age limit: All ages

Concert "All Things Guitar"

James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave, St. Paul, Mn

Jim will be playing an intimate concert at the beautiful James J. Hill House art gallery section where music recital's have been played for many years. The concert will feature predominantly classical works as well as fingerstyle guitar from composers all over the world including artists as varied as Bach, Tarrega, Villa-Lobos, Reis, Elvis, Clapton, The Beatles, and many more. Tickets are limited so call the Hill House at 651-297-2555 to reserve yours! Reservations highly recommended, as seating is limited to 120. A complimentary tour of the mansion will be given following the concert. Doors open at 6:30.

J.J. Hill House website: http://sites.mnhs.org/historic-sites/james-j-hill-house

$15 Adults, $12 MPR, Minnesota Historical Society members, Minnesota Guitar Society Members, students and seniors. Age limit: All ages

May10

2014 Minnesota Guitar Society Classical Guitarathon

Sundin Hall, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104

The annual Classical Guitarathon is always an exciting season finale, an opportunity to see some of our favorite local guitarists alongside new and emerging talents, all on the beautiful Sundin Hall stage. Visit www.mnguitar.org for more info.

$22 general admission, $17 for Minnesota Guitar Society members Age limit: All ages

CD Release Party

James J. Hill House, 240 Summit ave, St. Paul

Celebrating the release of his new album "Latin American Guitar Legends," Jim Falbo will be playing a concert program entitled "From the Americas." The concert will predominantly feature music from North and South America. An eclectic mix of works by composers such as Villa-Lobos, Reis, Dyens, Lauro, the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Reinhardt, Barrios, Brouwer, and many more will be performed on solo guitar. Tickets are limited. To reserve tickets, call 651-297-2555. Guests are invited to stay for a complimentary tour of the James J. Hill house immediately following the concert.

Cash or check only- General admission $10 ($8 for Minnesota Historical Society members and Minnesota Guitar Society members).

Jul21

Recital (Music from Europe and South America)

Pilgrim Lutheran Church (St. Paul), 1935 St. Clair Ave, St. Paul, MN

Jim will be performing a FREE concert with music primarily from Europe and South America. His new CD "Sounds of Europe will be for sale as well. Tentative program:
              3:00-3:45
Joaquin Malats-Serenata Espanola
W.A. Mozart-Serenade from "Don Giovanni"
J.S. Bach- Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Bourree
Stanley Myers-Cavatina (Theme from the Deer Hunter)
Antonio Lauro- 3 Venezuelan Waltzes:  La Gatica, El Negrito, Andreina
Francisco Tarrega- Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Jorge Morel- Danza Brasilera
Dilermando Reis- Alma Apaixonada
Eric Satie- Gymnopedie
Jose Merlin-Evocacion, Joropa from Suite del Recuerdo
          10 minute intermission
               3:55-425
Eduardo di Capua- O Sole Mio
Heitor Villa-Lobos- Choro No. 1
Leo Brouwer-Un Dia de Noviembre,  Preludio from Suite No. 2
Franz Schubert- Standchen (Serenade)
Vince Guaraldi- Linus and Lucy (Theme from Peanuts)
Joao Pernambuco- Sons de Carrihoes (Sounds of Bells)
Jim Falbo- Shores of Infinity

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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.