Ottmar Liebert

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal New Age World Music
Descriptive "tags": flamenco guitar spanish guitar acoustic latin Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Biography

1963, Cologne, Germany. On being given a guitar at the age of 11, Liebert found his emotional release. Classically trained at the Rheinische Musikhockschule, he later travelled Europe absorbing musical influences from Russia to Spain, where Flamenco first fired his imagination. Even so, his early bands were in a jazz/funk groove, first in Cologne, then in Boston, Massachusetts in the early 80s. A move to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1986, found him working in restaurants, simplifying Flamenco styles to forge a dynamic contemporary instrumental sound, which he developed further in 1988 when he formed the group Luna Negra. His 1989 limited edition CD, Marita: Shadows And Storms, brought exposure on the west coast New Age radio network, and was picked up by the Higher Octave Records label who reissued it as Nouveau Flamenco. Reaching large audiences as support to Basia on her 1989/90 tour helped it peak at number 3 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative chart.

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