Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra come to Newton – The Sparta Independent

Published May 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm (Updated May 1, 2017)

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Newton — Santa Fe’s Grammy award nominee Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra are coming to The Newton Theatre on Thursday, May 25, and will play songs fans have come to know and love, as well celebrate their new release, ‘Slow.’

Liebert is a five-time Grammy nominee with multiple Gold and Platinum records who has sold millions of records across the globe. A skilled practitioner of contemporary flamenco guitar, he is always a surprise. He plays with lots of textures – contrasting traditional and electric instruments. Liebert will play songs from prior albums as well as songs from his latest albums.

About his new album, Slow, Ottmar says: “Sometime in 2015 I decided to record by myself, without the band, and that I wanted to create slow music. For my new album, I wanted to raise my guitar against the sound of billions of smartphones beeping with the latest news, mentions, likes, and comments, keeping us in a state of constant alarm. I also discovered that there has been scientific research into how slow music can relax the listener’s heartbeat and lower their blood pressure.

“I made all of the music on this album with only one guitar and one microphone. Working by myself in the studio felt like writing a very personal diary. For example, I recorded Elegy just a day after Prince died.

“This is the beauty of instrumental music: like the description of a tree in a book that requires your imagination so that it can take form in your mind, instrumental music can take on different shapes and colors, depending on your experiences.”

For more information about the music on the album Slow, please point your browser to ottmarliebert.com/slow

About his previous release Waiting n’ Swan (October 2016.): For guitarist Ottmar Liebert, Bob Marley was the soundtrack of his youth, one of his heroes, and with his last reggae album, Waiting n Swan , Liebert connects his past and his present, showing how reggae and some forms of the flamenco that he loves come from the same African roots.

This album offered him a chance to revisit and pay homage to a powerful musical influence of his teenage years. “Growing up in the 70’s”, Ottmar recalls, “Bob Marley & the Wailers were one of my favorite bands. They meant a lot more to me than the Beatles or the Rolling Stones…”

“The word “waiting” refers, of course, to the song “Waiting in Vain” and the phrase “n Swan” is Caribbean creole meaning ‘and so on,’” Liebert said.

In 2009, Ottmar Leibert was ordained as a Zen Monk. In a recent interview, Ottmar said, “Playing guitar is a practice. So is zazen. I have played guitar since I was 11 and sat in meditation since I was 15. The two practices are so connected in my mind, that I can’t tell where one stops and the other starts.”

Everything comes in its own time. At present, the time is, ‘Slow’…

For tickets, please contact www.thenewtontheatre.com/

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