Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Much like the changing weather, flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert embodies a shift in seasons with the new sounds heard on his recently released album titled Dune. Liebert and his band Luna Negra are bringing their famous contemporary southwest flamenco sounds on the road during their North American Summer 2012 tour.

Dune, Liebert's latest airy, rhythmic and funky contemporary flamenco album, takes listeners on a voyage through a global dreamscape. Experience the journey during Liebert's North American Summer 2012 tour. "The music projects the listener into a different space," said Gaynell Rogers of Press & Release Entertainment, promoters of the tour. "It creates room for each listener's personal Dune encounter."

The album's 15-tracks, bookended by brief mood locators that weave in and out of the mysterious world of night and shadow, are packed with texture, combining traditional acoustic guitar with modern electric instruments. Throughout the album, Liebert switches between scales, beats and melodies from across the globe, blending heart-pumping percussion with accordions, Memphis bass lines and trumpets.

"I wanted to play guitar melodies that sounded sung," said Liebert. "For some reason I kept thinking about old jazz and pop crooners, so I sang almost every melody first and then figured out how to play it on guitar."

The album, sometimes described as Flamenco noir, is a mysterious nocturnal narrative about a horse, the desert, the moon, swirling sand and spiraling smoke that leads to a place of power, the Dune. Rogers believes Dune is a testament to Liebert's brilliant and mysterious artistic nature, and is destined to join the five-time Grammy nominee's collection of Gold and Platinum Records.

Dune features Liebert on acoustic and electric guitars, Jon Gagan on acoustic upright bass, electric bass guitars and keyboards—including clavinet, Char Rothschild on accordion, and Robby Rothschild and Chris Steele on percussion instruments.

Upcoming tour dates:
Jul 24 - Spokane, WA @ Bing Crosby Theater
Jul 25 - Yakima, WA Season's @ Performance Hall
Jul 26 - Bend, OR @ Tower Theater
Jul 27 - Portland, OR @ Alberta Rose Theater
Jul 28 - Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
Jul 29 - Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
Jul 30 - Grants Pass, OR @ Rogue Theater
Aug 1 - Napa, CA @ Napa Valley Opera House
Aug 2 - San Francisco, CA @ Yoshi's
Aug 3 - San Francisco, CA @ Yoshi's
Aug 4 - San Francisco, CA @ Yoshi's
Aug 5 - Costa Mesa, CA @ Orange County Fair
Aug 6 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho
Aug 8 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
Aug 9 - Livermore, CA @ Livermore PAC
Aug 11 - San Diego, CA @ Anthology
Aug 12 - San Diego, CA @ Anthology
Aug 18 - Denver, CO @ Soiled Dove
Aug 19 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
Aug 22 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Aug 24 - Austin, TX @ One World Theater
Aug 25 - Houston, TX @ Dosey Doe
Aug 26 - Houston, TX @ Dosey Doe


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