Born in Cologne, Germany to Chinese-German father and Hungarian mother, Ottmar Liebert began playing guitar at 11, and traveled extensively through Europe and Asia intent on fully absorbing each musical tradition he encountered. After pursuing his Rock and Roll dreams first in his native Germany and then in Boston, he abandoned the frustrations of the East coast and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Ottmar has said that “flamenco is a music both romantic and dangerous; it is an attitude as much as it is a musical genre.” Therein lies the philosophy that catapulted him to fame at the end of the ’80s with an engaging mix of subdued flamenco guitar and south American percussion, rock, jazz and pop influences. His attitude actually suppresses the more challenging and “dangerous” aspects of flamenco in favor of the romantic – and the stylish. He’s not a technical wizard on the guitar, but he has a feel for the music’s innate sensuality and a gift for creating memorable melodies. His new CD is entitled three-oh-five.
For more information about Ottmar Liebert, visit www.ottmarliebert.com.
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