I perform solo guitar styles from Latin America and Europe, including authentic Spanish flamenco.
I'm a professional guitarist with extensive experience performing for concerts, weddings, parties, and a variety of events.
In 2012 my guitar reached millions of people on the Latin show "Q'Viva: The Chosen" on Univision and Fox, starring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, with 11 of my pieces used in profiles of talent show contestants
I played for 5 years at Viva Madrid, a Spanish restaurant in Claremont, CA, and had a regular Flamenco Friday gig at the Miramonte Winery in Temecula for several years, as well as performing frequently at the Euro Cafe and Nuno's in Upland.
Jeff played flamenco guitar for our wedding September 12, 1982. The music was beautiful, perfectly matching the occasion. This year marked our 35th anniversary. While looking through wedding pics, I wondered where Jeff was now living. Looks like California's been good for you.
Loved Jeffrey!!! Will be calling him back for more events!
Jeffrey was flexible, friendly, attentive to needs of host and guests. Wonderful and very versatile musician.
Response from Jeffrey Briggs:
You had one of the nicest groups of people I've ever played for.
Regards from Jeff
Jeffrey was an wonderful addition to our son's graveside memorial service. He learned a selected piece at our request and did a beautiful job giving so much warmth to the choice. The background pieces he chose were peaceful and inspiring. I would very highly recommend choosing Jeffrey as a classical guitarist for any occasion you may have in mind. His gentle spirit and loving nature were so much appreciated by all who attended our event. Thank you Jeffrey!
Response from Jeffrey Briggs:
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Jeffrey was very professional and played the perfect music for our Spanish themed party.
Response from Jeffrey Briggs:
Thank you, Moses, for the privilege of playing for your family and friends, and for your kind words. Regards from Jeff.
Jeff was a joy to deal with - punctual, professional and responsive to calls and emails. His music provided a lovely ethnic background to our Mexican fiesta themed dinner party.
Price Range: $200 and up
What to Expect
My performances establish a heart to heart relationship with the audience. Warmth, elegance, verve, passion, charm, and sonic delight characterize my music.
Jeffrey Briggs is a classical and flamenco guitarist, and also plays Latin America music on the guitar, the Venezuelan cuatro, and the Andean charango. He has studied with Spanish flamenco guitarist Juan Serrano, Nubian oud player Hamza el Din, and Argentinian charango virtuoso Jaime Torres.
He has performed on radio and televison, including the Spanish-language television network Univision. His music has been aired on NBC, MTV, the Independent Film Channel, Oxygen, Bravo, VH-1, Logo, Mexico's Si channel, KPFK-FM Los Angeles, and Radio Belgrano and Radio Mendoza in Argentina, and is available for licensing from film music libraries in London, Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles.
He played guitar in the critically acclaimed musical Twist of Fate at the Tiffany Theatre in Los Angeles, winner of 5 awards from the LA Drama Critics Circle and the LA Weekly, including Best Musical of 1995, and composed and performed music for The Bullfight, a play by Venezuelan writer Rodolfo Santana at the Stages Theatre Center in Hollywood in 2000.
He has recorded with the Twist of Fate band, Josh Cruze (Banditos de Amor), John Avila (Oingo Boingo), Iranian tar player Kamil Alipour, Persian pop singer Shayyad, and Israeli musician/composer Smadar Galor; and has played at the Hollywood and Highland Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Cinegrill, Viva Madrid, Holly Street Bar & Grill, Angelique Cafe, Pacific Asia Museum, John O’Groats, Twin Palms, and Luna Negra in the Los Angeles area, as well as Lahoz Restaurant in Huntington Beach and Caf Sevilla in San Diego.He has performed at Cornell, Ohio State, Denison, and Capital universities, as well as UCLA, Cal State LA, Cal State Irvine, Occidental College, the Claremont Colleges, and Cypress College, the Mulholland and Beverly Hills Tennis Clubs, and the Miramonte and other wineries in Temecula.
Briggs is also an independent video producer, writer, photographer, and graphic artist. Born in Ithaca, N.Y., he attended the International School of Geneva, Switzerland, has a BA in anthropology from Cornell University, an MA in anthropology from the University of Michigan, and an MFA in film from Ohio University; and has taught photography at Cornell University, film production at Denison University, and television production at Capital University. He was photography critic for the Columbus Dispatch for 7 years.
El Charanguero, his video documentary about Argentinian musician Jaime Torres,has aired on PBS stations throughout the United States, and is being distributed internationally. Before coming to Los Angeles in 1995 Briggs was leader of the Latin American band Sangra, which performed throughout the Midwest. He has also accompanied a number of flamenco dancers and dance classes.
Recent gigs include The London Hotel in West Hollywood (with guitarist Maximiliano Maltez as guitar duo JeffenMaxx), the Anabella Hotel in Anaheim, and the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dana Point, as well as weddings, parties, and other events.
Here are some reviews of my performances:
Holiday Party in Pasadena, CA on 12/02/2012 - Jeff was a pleasure to work with throughout the planning process. He showed up on time, dressed appropriately, and showcased his talents by playing beautifully during the cocktail hour. He is a professional artist and his price is very reasonable. I would recommend Jeff to anyone looking for live entertainment for their events.- YT F.
Jeff was a true gentleman in everyway possible. After talking to a few other musicians, it was apparent that Jeff's work was part of his heart and that he took his job very seriously. Communication was great from day one and he made the proccess very easy. There should be ratings higher than 5 for him. thanks Jeff, it was a treat to listen to you and meet you. Y -- Yuri R, Montecito, CA, 10/10/2009
Thank you Jeff! This was a surprise for my wife and she loved it. Jeff's guitar skills are excellent. He was easy to talk to, friendly with my guests, and overall a great person to work with. His music created a great atmosphere. I would highly recommend his services to anyone looking for some Flamenco guitar. He was professional, timely, and very reasonably priced. All in all a great experience. -- Jason S, Long Beach, CA, 8/8/2009
Jeff was fantastic, talented, professional, and easy to work with. I contacted hime to perform at my Mom's 60th birthday party. He arrived early, set up quickly, and began to play. Everyone enjoyed the party tremendously with much of the credit going to the music he provided. Thanks Jeff! -- Eric A, Hacienda Heights, CA, 8/15/2009
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Additional Booking Notes
Because the nylon-string acoustic guitar is a quiet instrument, I use a small amp to boost the sound when I perform for events. I maintain the optimal sound level where the guitar can be heard, but people can still converse without the music being too loud.
All I need is a padded chair with no arms, to be close to an electrical outlet, and a few square feet of space.
If the gig is outside I also need an umbrella, or to be out of direct sunlight, which makes the strings go out of tune. It it's much below 70 degrees a heater is essential, since cold fingers don't play their best.
My amp has batteries, so I can perform by the ocean or in parks (I've done a number of beach weddings).
I like to arrive an hour early to set up. It's very important that any client know exactly where they want me to play and have someone available when I arrive so there are no delays in my set-up.
Past Booked Events
|January 12, 2018 • 1:30pm - 3:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|October 21, 2017 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm||Dinner Party|
|October 08, 2017 • 1:30pm - 4:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|July 29, 2017 • 10:00am - 11:30am||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|July 22, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|May 06, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|November 20, 2015||Cocktail Party|
|August 22, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|November 29, 2014||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 23, 2014||Funeral Service|
|May 25, 2014||Wedding Ceremony|
|March 01, 2014||Birthday Party|
|November 25, 2013||Private Party|
|August 18, 2013||Birthday Party|
I play flamenco forms such as rumba, soleares, peteneras, fandango, malagueas, farruca, granainas, bulerias, alegrias, tarantas, and more. I also play Spanish classical from Renaissance and Baroque up to modern composers.
My Latin repertoire consists mainly of traditional guitar styles from Mexico and South America, including huapango, valses, joropo, vals peruano, carnavalitos, takirari, zamba, samba, bossa nova, chacarera, milonga, tango, bolero, and many others.
I really like Renaissance lute or vihuela music transcribed for guitar - from Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, England, France, and the Netherlands.
|Koky Medina||Latin singer, guitarist, percussionist|
Influences & Inspiration
My father gave me a number of records by the great Spanish classical guitarist Andres Segovia, which influenced my musical tastes greatly. He also had an extensive collection of classical music, which he played every night, which was my true musical education.
I studied with Juan Serrano when he was the top Spanish flamenco guitarist in the world, and learned the authentic techniques and styles of this great art form.
I made a documentary (El Charanguero) about Argentinian charango player Jaime Torres, immersing myself in the beauty of Latin American folk music.
I also studied with Nubian singer/oud player Hamza el Din, who taught me about the the music of the Middle East.
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