Guitar Microphone

02016-04-11 @ 10:04

This Earthworks SR40 is the microphone I have been using on my guitar for over a year now. I haven’t used it for recording in the studio yet, but it’s handsdown the best microphone for the stage I have ever used… and I have used a lot of different ones!

We are often asked which gear or tricks we use to ensure the guitar is loud enough, especially since I refuse to use a pickup on my guitars – I haven’t used a pickup on my flamenco guitars in at least a decade and a half.

Let’s face it, classical or flamenco guitars are puny and quiet instruments when compared against electric bass guitar, drums and keyboards. With this microphone we always have enough level and we don’t have to worry about feedback.

Of course sound level isn’t everything, the quality of the sound is just as important. I feel that this mic gives me the truest guitar tone and makes hearing what I’m playing a pleasure. And that is something we guitar players cannot take for granted.

Here is what Earthworks writes about this microphone:

You’ll love what the Earthworks SR40 high-definition cardioid mic does for your recordings and live performances. Its 30Hz-40kHz frequency response means you’re capturing a far wider range than most mics can touch. The result? Better depth and a truer sound that includes more high-frequency overtone content. You’ll also appreciate how well the SR40’s true cardioid pickup pattern rejects outside sources, and how it gives you impressive gain before feedback.

Benefit Concert on October 8th, 2015

02015-09-17 @ 11:09

Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra will perform at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe on October 8th, 2015.

Santa Fe 2015 – One Million Strong
Join us for a special evening featuring Santa Fe’s Grammy Award nominee Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra. Enjoy the music of Ottmar Liebert while contributing to the fight against the second leading cancer killer in the U.S. among men and women combined.


02015-07-24 @ 12:07

Recorded live during the last tour:


02013-08-25 @ 11:08


Plumen Bulbs

02013-07-03 @ 19:07

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This year we are carrying 15 plumen lightbulbs and custom made cables with us. Plumen are great looking low energy light bulbs. For me the bare bulbs represent the bare playing on stage, meaning that we play our instruments in real time, without backing music, without sequencers or anything like that. Just a few guys on stage playing their instruments.
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Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra + NM Philharmonic

02013-03-07 @ 11:03

Here is a direct link for tickets:

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra – May 18th 2013 @ Zoo Amphitheater
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra
DATE: Saturday, May 18th 2013 — 8:00 pm
VENUE: Zoo Amphitheater Albuquerque, NM
DOORS: 7:00 pm

Thanks for the link Linda.

San Francisco in March

02013-03-07 @ 11:03

I was scheduled to do five solo performances at the Rrazz starting today, through Sunday. Yet I am writing these words at home in Santa Fe. What happened?

The Rrazz called my agent on Monday and cancelled my performances. The club is currently closed due to a San Francisco noise ordinance. Here is a statement the club made in February, and which, as of today, is no longer linked from the homepage of the Rrazz website – maybe it will get updated later today:

At this time, through March 5, 2013 only, the SF Entertainment Commission has required us to pause our performances while we investigate a possible sound issue at our new home on Van Ness Avenue and rectify it as needed.  Since RRAZZ has always been considerate of our performers, audiences and neighbors, we stand to right unjustness whether on a broad spectrum or a narrow one.  Therefore, we feel obliged to postpone any performances through March 5 while we tend to the matter.  We are so very sorry for your inconvenience.

This is a temporary situation through March 5, 2013 only.

I assume the club had to delay re-opening to finish noise-related renovations.

Apparently the new home of the Rrazz – they moved from the Nikko Hotel location to a new room at 1000 Van Ness at the beginning of the year – is next door to an AMC movie theater. That proximity creates a two-way sound problem: loud R&B or Rock & Roll acts at the club might disturb quiet movies in the cinema and action movies at the cinema could disturb softer performances, such as solo guitar concerts. It is not an easy problem to tackle and I hope the Rrazz will find a solution.

Believe me, I would have enjoyed a few days in March in San Francisco: the city culture, the coffee, great audiences and so on…

I will, however, perform in San Francisco later this year, with the band, at Yoshi’s in the Summer.

PS: just noticed this statement that was linked from Twitter:

Unfortunately, there will be no Rrazz Room shows until May as the new club does construction. All March and April dates are officially cancelled.

If you’ve purchased tickets, you’ll be getting a full refund directly from the club shortly.

We look forward to opening the new club on the first Monday in May!

Ciudad de las Ideas

02012-10-07 @ 10:10

Jon, Chris and I will play a couple of short sets at Ciudad de las Ideas in Puebla, Mexico, on November 8th. Here is a little more info about Ciudad de las Ideas.

Afterwards we will return to Santa Fe right away to meet up with Mike Middleton (trumpet) on the 10th and perform as a quartet at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on the 11th. Performing at home is always special and I am looking forward to that concert!

Board Recordings from Spring 2012

02012-06-20 @ 12:06

Santa Fe Concert

02012-05-02 @ 09:05

For Santa Feans, New Mexicans and any person wanting to visit the “City Different”:

Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra will be in concert at Santa Fe’s beautiful Lensic theater on November 11th, 2012.

Like our 2009 concert at the Lensic, this performance will also benefit a local school.

Albuquerque Concert

02012-05-02 @ 07:05

Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra + the NM Philharmonic orchestra will be in concert @ the Albuquerque zoo on May 18, 2013. That’s 1.043836 years or 381 days from now.

We performed with a double string quartet of the NM Philharmonic last Summer and loved it. Now we will get to play with the orchestra. I am so looking forward to this!!

At Quasimodo in Berlin

02012-03-05 @ 10:03

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Photo by Dieter Düvelmeyer

Four Nights in November

02011-09-13 @ 12:09

I will perform solo at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco November 10th through 13th. More information here.

Last Night at the Dakota

02011-05-19 @ 09:05

Photos from the 9PM show, at the Dakota in Minneapolis, by Andreasen Photography.

Europe in Spring

02011-01-17 @ 22:01

Mar 22 – Riga, Latvia – The Great Guild Hall – Info
Mar 24 – Freiburg, Germany – Jazzhaus
Mar 25 – Ghent, Belgium – Handelsbeurs
Mar 27 – Munich, Germany – Carl Orff Saal
Mar 28 – Hannover, Germany – Pavillon
Mar 29 – Cologne, Germany – Kulturkirche
Mar 30 – Mainz, Germany – Frankfurter Hof
Apr 01 – Istanbul, Turkey – Jazz Cafe
Apr 02 – Istanbul, Turkey – Jazz Cafe
Apr 04 – Athens, Greece – Badminton Theater – Info
Apr 06 – Trento, Italy – Teatro Sociale – Info
Apr 07 – Trescore Balneario, Italy – Teatro Nuovo – Info
Apr 08 – Piangipane, Italy – Teatro Sociale – Info

January in Florida

02010-12-29 @ 08:12

Luna Negra Quartet:
OL – Flamenco Guitar
Jon Gagan – Fretless Bass Guitar + Keyboard
Michael Chavez – Drumkit
Houman Orei – Percussion

Jan 20 – Orlando FL – Plaza Thater – website
Jan 21 – Lake Worth FL – Duncan Theater – website
Jan 22 – Clearwater FL – Capitol Theater/Ruth Eckerd – website

Red and Blue

02010-11-02 @ 11:11

Photo by Matt Callahan from his Flickr stream.

Four Years Ago

02010-10-31 @ 05:10

Playing guitar for the kids at the Zhechen monastery college.

Concert cancelled

02010-09-20 @ 09:09

Due to a situation beyond our control, the benefit concert at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque, on September 30th, has been cancelled. UNM/Popejoy will issue refunds.

Benefit Concert for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

02010-08-31 @ 13:08

Ottmar Liebert – Tour Schedule: Benefit Concert for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
OL + Luna Negra at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque on September 30th.
You can buy tickets here – select “Search by Event” field and scroll down to Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra.


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