Friday, August 24, 2007
OTTMAR LIEBERT –3 NEW RELEASES & TOUR DATES
‘One Guitar', enchanting guitar virtuoso Ottmar Liebert's first solo recording continues to receive great accolades across the country. Liebert & Luna Negra continue their touring schedule this summer on both coasts. Mr. Liebert's performances continuously sell out and bring audiences to their feet delivering inspired shows. (See tour dates listed below).
Liebert's sales pedigree is more than impressive -- historical for a guitarist. One look at his RIAA certifications let's you know how deep and wide his audience is. He has had 12 Gold and 6 Platinum certifications in the last 10 years. In addition, Ottmar Leibert is also ranked #3 of the Top Artists on the Rhapsody website. 'One Guitar' has achieved a 5 Star rating on Amazon. This fall Liebert is featured in the September issue of 'Cowboy's & Indians' -- considered the Vogue of the West in their music section. Luna Negra includes Liebert on - Flamenco and Electric Guitars, Jon Gagan - Bass Guitars, Dave Bryant - Percussion, Stephen Duros - Flamenco Guitar and Keyboard. In addition to Liebert's newest release, band members Stephen Duros and Jon Gagen have also released their new recordings entitled 'Thira' and 'Transit 2' respectively. More information is available on the website www.lunanegra.com and the SSRI Listening Lounge.
Liebert has enjoyed a stellar career enjoyed by few guitarists of our time. Liebert's newest release "One Guitar" is filled with gorgeous soulful performances and a palette full of intimate moods and lush landscapes. "One Guitar" is now available in retail stores nationwide distributed by Burnside Distribution. Recorded solo with no overdubs, Ottmar delivers his amazing guitar prowess with a 2002 Flamenco Negra by Lester DeVoe of Nipomo, California. This 13 song release was "70% improvised" says Liebert, which contributes to the more personal nature and intimate environment that takes the listener to a different place. In addition to his performance and recording talents, Liebert is an accomplished photographer and savvy in the graphic communication arts. His release of the limited edition box set of 'La Semana' has received the 2006 Gold Star Award for CD/DVD packaging (beating HBO's DVD package for Deadwood and Universal Home Entertainments DVD package for the Marx Brothers). 'Creativity' is an annual publication by Collins Design, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, and one of the oldest and most established graphic design competitions.
Last November Ottmar returned from a 5 week pilgrimage to Kham in Eastern Tibet. The journey entailed both service in clinics for nomads - several western physicians were attending to sick people - and visits to Tibetan holy places. There was a high adventure quotient as well as the group walked across a pass at 16,500 feet altitude that cannot be found on any map. The music business is a vastly changing industry and Ottmar has been an artistic leader in taking control of all aspects of his art and career.
Since 1990, Ottmar Liebert has released a total of 22 albums, including live releases, Christmas CDs, 10 CDs of original music, a DVD and remixes. His debut album, 1990's Nouveau Flamenco, featuring the stunning "Barcelona Nights," sold double-platinum and has become the biggest-selling guitar album of all time, redefining Flamenco music and marking Liebert as one of the most talented, influential and creative guitarists and performers to surface in years.
Liebert, well known the world over, was born in Cologne, Germany to a Chinese-German father and Hungarian mother. He traveled extensively through Europe and Asia intent on fully absorbing each musical tradition he encountered. Liebert was, and remains, influenced by everything around him, from museums, to nature, to books.
"One Guitar" takes this extraordinary artist another step forward to further illuminate us about his amazing gift of talent and to stand out as simply different. "Ottmar's guitar playing is reminiscent of many of the greats: Andres Segovia, Paco De Lucia, John McLaughlin. Like a true virtuoso, his playing is original, gently aggressive, and most importantly, heartfelt and beautiful."
8/25/07, Sunoco Performance Theatre,Harrisburg, PA
8/26/07, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts,Westhampton, Beach, NY
8/27/07, Ram's Head, Annapolis, MD
8/28/07, Scullers,Boston, MA
8/29/07, 8/30/07, B.B. Kings,New York, NY
8/31/07, The Ridgefield Playhouse,Ridgefield, CT
9/1/07, The Birchmere,Alexandria, VA
9/29/07, The wave Festival at the Greek Theatre with India Arie,Los Angeles, CA