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Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra

Returning multi-platinum guitarist featuring his band, Luna Negra, and their recently released album, Waiting n Swan; a fusion of the Tangos Flamenco rhythm mixed with Reggae beats.

Tickets: Reserved Seating $33.50 and $45

Liebert’s incredible global success on a musical level often seems like a simple outgrowth of his cultural background and powerful wanderlust in his formative years. Born in Cologne, Germany to Chinese-German father and Hungarian mother, he began playing guitar at 11, and traveled extensively through Europe and Asia intent on fully absorbing each musical tradition he encountered. After pursuing his Rock and Roll dreams first in his native Germany and then in Boston, he abandoned the frustrations of the East coast and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

By 1989, he had founded the first incarnation of his new band Luna Negra. Nouveau Flamenco began life as a self-produced local release called Marita: Shadows and Storms, copies of which local Indian artist Frank Howell distributed in his art galleries. When the record found its way to radio stations and began generating a buzz among programmers and an unprecedented response among listeners, Higher Octave Music picked it up and released a fully remastered version.

“I was honestly happy playing this music in hotels and restaurants in Santa Fe, and going in one year from doing that to opening for Miles Davis was a pretty intense jump,” he recalls. “Most shocking for me was to realize how many different people from so many diverse cultures embraced it. I still get letters from fans in Europe, South-America, Australia, and’s been a really gratifying experience. I’ve had the opportunity to play in a wide variety of cultural settings with musicians from around the world, and that has been a great experience, too.”

“I discovered an interesting connection between Flamenco and Reggae and recorded an album of songs that combine the Flamenco rhythm called “Tangos”, which I believe actually hails from the Caribbean and is Caribbean rather than Arabic in origin, with Reggae. 
Tangos has a lilt and the same avoidance of beat one that Reggae and Salsa have, and it sounds very different from all other Flamenco forms. Presumably all three of these rhythms, Tangos, Reggae and Salsa, have roots in Africa. 
My new album contains two of my older songs (“Barcelona Nights” and “Heart Still/Beating” - I have wanted to record reggae version of these songs since the mid-Nineties!) and nine songs by Bob Marley - using rhythmic elements from Reggae and Tangos. Growing up in the Seventies Bob Marley and the Wailers were one of my favorite bands and they meant a lot more to me than the Beatles or the Rolling Stones.”

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