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Luna Negra

Ottmar Liebert
Born (1959-02-01) February 1, 1959 (age 55)
Cologne, Germany
Genres New Age, Jazz
Occupations Pop musician, Guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1989–present
Labels Higher Octave, Epic, Sony Music

Ottmar Liebert (born February 1, 1959) is a German-born popular entertainer and guitarist best known for his Spanish-influenced music. A five-time Grammy Award nominee, Liebert has received 38 Gold and Platinum certifications in the United States, as well as certifications in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. His debut album Nouveau Flamenco (1990) sold double-platinum in the United States.

Early life

Ottmar Liebert was born February 1, 1959 in Cologne, Germany to a Chinese-German father and a Hungarian mother. As a child, he spent most of his time traveling throughout Europe and Asia with his family. He began playing classical guitar at 11, and flamenco guitar at 14, after he "found a Flamenco LP in the bargain bin at a local supermarket".[1] After performing rock music in his native Germany, he moved to the United States and settled in Boston for a few years, performing in various rock clubs.[2] In 1986 Liebert settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he began looking to create a new musical sound.[3][4]

Liebert cites musical influences such as "Carlos Santana, Paco de Lucía, John McLaughlin, Robert Fripp, and Jeff Beck, others were horn players like Miles Davis", although he cites "others yet were fine artists who taught me about space and brush strokes and dynamics and contrast".[1]

Music career

In 1989 Liebert founded the first incarnation of his band Luna Negra (black moon). That year he recorded a self-produced album titled Marita: Shadows and Storms. The initial thousand copies were sold in the gallery of Santa Fe artist Frank Howell. When the record found its way to radio stations and began generating a response among listeners, Higher Octave Music picked it up and released a remastered version titled Nouveau Flamenco (1990). The album eventually sold double-platinum in the United States.

Liebert followed up his debut with several successful albums that continued and expanded his sound, including Borrasca (1991), Solo Para Ti (1992), and The Hours Between Night + Day (1993), all three earning Gold certification. Liebert's international success continued with ¡Viva! (1995) and Opium (1996), both of which earned Platinum status in the United States and Latin America.

Liebert has recorded with Luna Negra since 1989. Personnel in the band have changed regularly since then, with the only constant being bassist Jon Gagan.

Since 1990 Ottmar Liebert has released a total of 25 albums including live releases, Christmas CDs, 15 CDs of original music, a DVD, and various remixes. He has received 38 Gold and Platinum certifications in the USA as well as certifications in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.


Although Liebert's brand of music cannot be called Flamenco in a musicological sense (it follows neither the song forms, "compas" or techniques), he courted controversy early in his career by labeling his music as "New Flamenco." While this may have been beneficial in marketing terms, it has drawn scorn from the cultural world of Flamenco, both traditional and contemporary. Paco de Lucia is generally held to be the greatest living Flamenco guitarist, and a rare example of a Flamenco artist who is acknowledged both as the instigator of new Flamenco and traditional Flamenco's preeminent practitioner. Yet despite Liebert citing Paco as an influence, Paco himself was moved to describe Liebert's music as "una degeneración, una caricatura del flamenco" (literally, "a degeneration, a caricature").

Personal life

Since 1986 Liebert has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1992 he purchased a mountaintop ranch overlooking the city, with an adobe guesthouse he built as a recording studio.[3] In May 2006 Liebert was ordained as a Zen monk by Dennis Genpo Merzel at the Kanzeon Zen Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.[3][5]


Other Compilation Appearances

  • Gypsy Spice - Best of New Flamenco (2009) (Baja Records)
  • The World Of The Spanish Guitar Vol. 1 (2011) (Higher Octave Music)

See also



External links

  • Official Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra Site
  • Bio of "Opium" Album with reference to Stefan Liebert
  • Ottmar Liebert Diary
  • Gold and Platinum Album Certifications (RIAA)

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