Nouveau Flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra return to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Born in Cologne,Germany to Chinese-German father and Hungarian mother, he began playing guitar at 11 and traveled extensively throughout 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, Liebert 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 artists 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 mastered version.
Liebert has since become one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past decade, thrilling audiences throughout the world and releasing a catalogue of classic recordings, including the remix collection “Euphoria” (1995), the live album “Viva!”
(1995), the double CD “Opium” (1996) and the classical-oriented orchestral album “Leaning into the Night”(1997). He wrapped up his decade with 2001’s “Little Wing” and then released a lush album of lullabies called “In the Arms of Love” in 2002 and an album with Luna Negra XL called “The Santa Fe Sessions” (2003).
“La Semana” (2004) was the first all-new band album in five years, followed by “Winter Rose” (2005), which featured original pieces, classical music, and Christmas songs. In 2006, Liebert’s record label SSRI released “One Guitar”, his first solo guitar recording, which received Liebert’s fourth nomination for a Grammy. His newest releases are “Up Close” (2008), which is a binaural dummy head surround sound recording, and “The Scent of Light” (2008), a labor of five years.
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.