February

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Milan in September

02013-01-03 @ 11:01

Recorded during the sessions for The Hours Between Night + Day in 1993. Only available on the Australian version of the 1995 album Euphoria.

Poets + Angels

02012-12-20 @ 11:12

This live version of Poets + Angels from 1990 was only released on the Japanese CD Poets & Angels.

Ringtones

02012-11-23 @ 08:11

I don’t like the alarm metaphor used on mobile phones. That sound was useful when people had only one hard-wired telephone in their house and needed to be alerted to a call coming in. They might have had to hurry to the room the phone was in, in order not to miss the call. Then came the answering machine, which meant one could miss a call and deal with the caller at a later time, but the alarm sound remained.

Now many of us carry a mobile phone on our person most of the time. The phone no longer needs to sound a terrible alarm every single time a call comes in. A gentle announcement would suffice, I think. In fact, it would make quite a difference for a caller to be gently announced, rather than hearing a full alarm sounded. One can always check who called, unlike with the early telephones, and there is the built-in answering machine, too.

With that in mind I created a few ringtones you may download. Try them out, see whether the idea works for you.

Five Clouds, Lenticular

Falling In

Querencia

These are iPhone ringtones. Download to your computer, add to your iTunes, hook up your phone and drag the files over to your iPhone. Maybe they’ll work with Android phones as well, but I have no idea.

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!

2012 Reading List

02012-10-07 @ 08:10

My 2012 reading list, in no particular order. Could not put “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” down and finished it yesterday, a little after midnight.

√ – simply means that I read the book. The unread titles are at the ready, mostly in the form of hardcovers and paperbacks, some bought used but most bought at Collected Works, which is a fantastic bookstore in Santa Fe.

Spiegel und Maske (1970-1983) – Jorge Luis Borges √
Momo – Michael Ende √
The Offensive Traveler – V. S. Pritchett √
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco √
Angelmaker – Nick Harkaway √
The Gone-Away World – Nick Harkaway √
Peter Høeg – Das Stille Mädchen √
A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway √
Alif the Unseen – G. Willow Wilson √
The Secret Race – Tyler Hamilton √
Gods Without Men – Hari Kunzru √
1Q84 – Haruki Murakami √
Buddha in Blue Jeans -Tai Sheridan √
Distrust that Particular Flavor – William Gibson √
Lying – Sam Harris √
Years of Red Dust – Qui Xiaolong √
Ratking – Michael Dibdin √
Vendetta – Michael Dibdin √
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell √
Tribal Peoples – Stephen Corry √
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan √
Le Freak – Nile Rodgers √
How Music Works – David Byrne
Cabal – Michael Dibdin
Dead Lagoon – Michael Dibdin
Cosi Fan Tutti – Michael Dibdin
Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng
Ninja – 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warriors – John Man
The Quantum Universe – Brian Cox

A few radio performances

02012-09-20 @ 11:09

Two videos from the Insight Studio at Capital Radio in Sacramento. The first one was recorded last month, the other one last year:

Two videos from the Bing Lounge @ 101.9 KINK FM in Portland – from Summer 2011:

iTunes review of DUNE

02012-08-30 @ 10:08

iTunes – Music – Dune (feat. Luna Negra) by Ottmar Liebert

Written by Thom Jurek for AllMusic.

On Dune, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra move away from the sleepy softness that marred 2010’s Petals on the Path. While Dune’s sound is carefully sculpted to reflect the arid Southwest landscape that is the band’s trademark, its compositions are complex, songlike, and adventurous while being thematically linked in abstract fashion.

Although Liebert’s guitars (acoustic and electric) are the focal point, there are a wide variety of textures and musical extensions employed by bassist/keyboardist Jon Gagan, accordionist Char Rothschild, and percussionist Robbie Rothschild. In addition, composer Andrew Gaskins employs a pair of sound designs on the brief “mood locators” at the beginning and end of the album.

This beautifully articulated meld of acoustic and electric instruments recalls moments from Liebert’s past recordings such as Opium, The Hours Between Night + Day, and The Scent of Light. Standouts here include the Moorish scale employed in “Horse,” a nuevo flamenco number that features a lovely dialogue between Liebert’s nylon-string and electric guitars and Char Rothschild’s swirling modal accordion.

“Shadow” shifts between a modern rhumba and a 6/8 beat. The effect is slightly funky when underscored by Gagan’s bassline. Check the breezy yet emotive languages of nuevo flamenco and contemporary jazz on “Sand (Apophenia).”

“On the Road to Shiraz,” begins with a lone Morricone-esque electric guitar before Robbie Rothschild’s handclaps jump into the center. Liebert’s nylon string answers with the melody as Char Rothschild hovers in the backdrop. But it’s the funky skittering of Gagan’s electric bass that finds a counter rhythm; it anchors the tune while simultaneously propelling it forward.

“Five Clouds Lenticular” begins as a keyboard drone before the acoustic guitar comes to the fore, playing a gorgeous 5/4 back and forth in dialogue with itself as Char Rothschild accents the changes. The interplay between the accordion and guitars on “Smoke (Rising in Spirals)” is extended by reverb and other ambient effects.

Dune is an example of cutting-edge nuevo flamenco; Liebert’s confidence in his lyrical vision is total, allowing him and Luna Negra to focus on attention to detail and adventure; consequently, they deliver in spades.

A fusion experiment from 1995

02012-06-28 @ 09:06

OL – Guitars
Eric Schermerhorn – Guitars
Jon Gagan – Bass + Keyboards
Carl Coletti – Drums
Mark Clark – Percussion

More here.

Board Recordings from Spring 2012

02012-06-20 @ 12:06

Slideshows

02012-06-19 @ 17:06

LIVE 2005

02012-06-19 @ 17:06

Board recordings from 2005 tour with string quartet. String arrangements by Jon Gagan. More to be added in the coming weeks.

One Morning in February

02012-06-18 @ 17:06

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HD DUNE in our ListeningLounge

02012-05-24 @ 21:05

DUNE is now available as a 24 bit/88,200 Hz High Definition FLAC download. You won’t be able to buy individual tracks in high definition, instead you buy the whole album for $16 and then download one zipped folder of about 700MB that contains all of the album tracks. Not as elegant as HDTracks.com, but two bucks cheaper and when you buy the HD version you also gain access to the mp3 versions, which means that you don’t have to conver the files to be able to listen to the music on your phone.

DUNE Availability

02012-05-07 @ 10:05

Digital Downloads:
ListeningLounge (mp3 320kbps)
iTunes (AAC 256kbps)
Amazon.com (mp3 256 kbps)
HDTracks.com (FLAC 24/88.2kHz) – May 8th?

CD:
SSRI mailorder
Amazon.com (May 15th)
+ your local CD store and most national chains (May 15th)

10,000 Butterflies Redux

02012-05-07 @ 10:05

This is Jon Gagan’s 2007 remix of the track “This Spring Release 10,000 Butterflies” from the album One Guitar. You can find the remix here. Ten minutes of mellow. Relax and enjoy.

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!!

DUNE available for purchase

02012-04-10 @ 06:04

Well, DUNE CDs arrived in Santa Fe last week Thursday. The package looks great and I am very happy with it. Now, we could wait until the official release date, two weeks from now… or we could start selling the album today…

DUNE is now available as downloads (up to 320kbps) and in CD form, but only from us.
You can purchase downloads in our ListeningLounge.
You can purchase the CD in our online store.

All other download outlets, iTunes, Amazon and so on, should have the album on April 24th. The CD will be in stores in May.

We will have CDs available on tour this month.

Santa Fe

02012-04-08 @ 11:04

Photos from early this morning, on my photoblog.

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