Nouveau flamenco guitarist to open for Performing Arts Series

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Internationally acclaimed nouveau flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert and his band, Luna Negra, will open the New Mexico Tech 2013 – 2014 Performing Arts Series season with a performance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 at Macey Center.

Ottmar Liebert

The performance is the first of a dozen “subscription series” events to unfold over the next nine months.

“We are delighted to have an opportunity to showcase the singular talents of Ottmar Liebert, and introduce him to music aficionados near and far,” said PAS director Ronna Kalish. “This outstanding nouveau flamenco guitarist has a fascinating background, including early travels throughout two continents, experiences reflected in his performances.”

Kalish said Nouveau Flamenco is the title of Liebert’s first album, released in May 1990, written in a subgenre of flamenco known as “new flamenco,” a melding of pop and “call-and-response” structure with flamenco elements.

“Dune” has been described as “random beauty – airy, rhythmic and sometimes funky; filled with sounds that pull audiences inside of full and empty spaces simultaneously.”

Liebert has been nominated for six Grammy’s and has multiple gold and platinum records (www.ottmarliebert.com/biography/awards.php). He has sold millions of records across the globe.

Liebert, born on Feb. 1, 1959, in Cologne, Germany to a Chinese-German father and a Hungarian mother, began playing guitar at age 11. His extensive treks through Europe and Asia introduced him to diverse musical styles and cultures.

By 1989, he had founded the first incarnation of his new band, Luna Negra, and released the self-produced, “Marita: Shadows and Storms,” which found its way to radio stations and began generating generous feedback.

“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,” Liebert said. “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.”

“We are hoping our long supporters join us as we kick off a new season – and it would be great to introduce music lovers from around the state to Ottmar Liebert and nouveau flamenco,” said Kalish.

“And, of course, we recognize the key support of our sponsors, including those for this performance,” she said.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for youth, and are available at the New Mexico Tech cashier’s office (second floor of Fidel Center), Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Burrito Tyme Drive-up or at the door.