Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra; Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“Flamenco-influenced, multi-style guitarist…” – The Los Angeles Times
Ottmar Liebert’s Latin-influenced guitar playing – underscored by the creative interplay of his band, Luna Negra – has garnered five Grammy Award nominations over the past two decades, as well as a loyal following throughout the world. His thirty-eight Gold and Platinum recordings are a testament to the popularity of his self-described “nouveau flamenco,” a mix of flamenco, classical, rock, jazz, and ethnic music from around the globe. It all blends seamlessly together in his imaginative compositions. Dune is the title of Liebert’s most recent recording.

The German-born Liebert, born in 1959, began taking classical guitar lessons at the age of 11. At 14, he plunged into studying flamenco. Like many teens growing up with rock and roll, Liebert listened to the electric guitarists of the time, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin, and many others. He played in rock bands around Germany before heading to the United States and settling in Boston. By the mid-’80s, Liebert was eagerly exploring a new sound, one that was a reflection of all of the music he enjoyed. He relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he put together Luna Negra and recorded Marita: Shadows and Storms. Instead of selling through a record store, Liebert sold his album through a local art gallery. To his surprise, radio stations began giving him regular airplay, and the listener response was so strong a record company signed the band. The album was repackaged as Nouveau Flamenco and became a major success, eventually going double platinum.

To date, Ottmar has released over two dozen albums since the debut of Nouveau Flamenco in 1990. Two more of his recordings have gone platinum and three others earned gold record certification. Liebert’s music, although influenced by flamenco, does not follow the flamenco tradition, or song forms. Instead, he has found a path that is very much his own unique sound, uniting classical, rock, jazz, and yes, flamenco, into a lively, fascinating sound that has made him an international star.

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

DATE: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $27Adv $30/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227 

Media contact:
Katrina Markarian

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