Guitarist Ottmar Liebert comes to Vilar Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Oct. 23
If you go …
What: Flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra.
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.
More information: Tickets are on sale now at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at www.vilarpac.org.
BEAVER CREEK — Flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra will perform at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. as part of this year’s Underground Sound series.
A five-time Grammy Award nominee, Ottmar Liebert is best known in the United States for his Spanish-influenced melodic, flamenco-tinged tunes and has been a featured performer on songs by such artists as Kenny Loggins, Diana Ross and Celine Dion. Single tickets to this performance are $48.
Liebert was born in Germany before finding his way to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he founded his band, Luna Negra (black moon), in 1989 and self-produced the album “Marita: Shadows and Storms,” which was initially sold only in the gallery of Santa Fe artist Frank Howell. The album became popular among local disc jockeys and garnered a following of radio listeners, prompting Higher Octave Music to remaster the album, titling it “Nouveau Flamenco,” which eventually became Liebert’s first major success. The song “Barcelona Nights,” from that album, remains Liebert’s most distinctive and timeless tune.
Since 1989, Liebert has released more than 30 studio and compilation albums and has become one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past decade. Liebert has received 38 gold and platinum certifications in the United States, as well as many more around the world. Not only does Liebert channel Spanish and Flamenco styles, but also he’s known for performing with his electric guitar and paying homage to the famed guitarist Santana, with electric guitar ballads.
“Most shocking for me was to realize how many different people from so many diverse cultures embrace it,” Liebert said of his music. “I still get letters from fans in Europe, South America, Australia and Asia. … It’s been a really gratifying experience. I’ve had the opportunity to play in a wide variety of cultural settings with musicians from around the world, and that has been a great experience, too.”
Passes are still available for $100 for the remaining events in the Underground Sound concert series, which includes this show, as well as K Phillips on Friday (single tickets $24 each), and Mandy Harvey on Monday, Nov. 7 (single tickets $24). Each pass is transferable and includes a reserved seat, as well as a special drink order, at each show.