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...the Luna Negra touring band is a rubber band...it changes with the seasons, grows bigger and gets smaller...often the touring band does not resemble the group of musicians that makes the recordings...the only constant member since 1989 besides Ottmar is Jon Gagan on bass...

February 2017 - Present: Trio

OL - Flamenco Guitar
Jon Gagan - Electric Bass Guitars
Chris Steele - Drums + Percussion

February 2016 - December 2016: Quartet

OL - Flamenco Guitar
Jon Gagan - Electric Bass Guitars
Chris Steele - Drums + Percussion
Peter Adams - Accordion + Keyboards

July 2013 - October 2015: Trio

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Upright Acoustic Bass + Electric Bass Guitars
Chris Steele - Drums + Percussion

February 2013 - July 2013: Quartet

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Electric Bass Guitars
Chris Steele - Percussion
JQ Whitcomb - Trumpet + Flugelhorn

April 2012 - December 2012: Quartet

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Electric Bass Guitars
Chris Steele - Percussion
Mike Middleton - Trumpet + Flugelhorn

February 2012: Trio

OL - Flamenco guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar
Chris Steele - Percussion

January 2011 - July 2011: Quartet

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Electric Bass Guitars + Keyboard
Michael Chavez - Drumkit + Percussion
Houman Orei - Percussion

September 2009 - December 2010: Trio

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Electric Bass Guitars + Keyboard
Michael Chavez - Drumkit + Percussion

July 2009 - August 2009: Quintet

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar + Keyboard
Stephen Duros - Flamenco Guitar, Electric Guitar + Keyboard
Michael Chavez - Drumkit + Percussion
Rusty Knorr - Djembe + Percussion

June 2009: Quintet

At the Lensic in Santa Fe:

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar + Keyboard
Stephen Duros - Flamenco Guitar, Electric Guitar + Keyboard
Michael Chavez - Drumkit + Percussion
Robby Rothschild - Djembe + Percussion

March 2009 - May 2009: Quintet

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar + Keyboard
Stephen Duros - Flamenco Guitar, Electric Guitar + Keyboard
Michael Chavez - Drumkit + Percussion
Rusty Knorr - Djembe + Percussion

December 2008: Septet

(we were going to bring back Luna Negra XL for one gig, but in the end the gig was cancelled)

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Electric Bass Guitars + Keyboard
Stephen Duros - Flamenco Guitar, Electric Guitar + Keyboard
Carl Coletti - Drumkit
Rusty Knorr - Percussion
Kanoa Kaluhiwa - Tenor Saxophone
Mike Middleton - Trumpet

September 2008: Quintet

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar + Keyboard
Stephen Duros - Flamenco Guitar, Electric Guitar + Keyboard
Robby Rothschild - Cajon + Djembe
Souhail Kaspar - Dumbek + Framedrum

August 2008: Quartet

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar + Keyboard
Stephen Duros - Flamenco Guitar, Electric Guitar + Keyboard
Souhail Kaspar - Dumbek + Framedrum

January 2006 - July 2008: Quartet

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar + Keyboard
Davo Bryant - Cajon, Djembe + Percussion
Stephen Duros - Flamenco Guitar, Electric Guitar + Keyboard

November 2005 - December 2005: Septet

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar + Keyboard
Davo Bryant - Cajon, Djembe + Percussion
Carla Ecker - Violin
Alexis Velasquez - Violin
James Shaw - Viola
Karla Lehmeier - Cello

September 2005: Trio

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Electric Bass Guitars + Keyboard
Davo Bryant - Cajon, Djembe + Percussion

February 2005 - July 2005: Quartet

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Electric Bass Guitars + Keyboard
Ron Wagner - Tablas, Dumbek + Percussion
Brandon Draper - Cajon, Congas + Percussion

June 2004 - November 2004: Quartet

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Electric Bass Guitars + Keyboard
Ron Wagner - Tablas, Dumbek + Percussion
Robbie Rothschild - Cajon, Congas, Djembe

June 2003 - November 2003: Quartet

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Jon Gagan - Electric Bass Guitars + Keyboard
Ron Wagner - Tablas, Dumbek + Percussion
Canton Becker - DJ (Laptop computer)

June 2001 - December 2001: Septet

OL - Flamenco Guitar, Midi-Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Calvin Hazen - Flamenco Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar + Keyboard
Mark Clark - Cajon, Timbales, Percussion + Electric Guitar
Mike Chavez - Drumkit + Percussion
Kanoa Kaluhiwa - Tenor Saxophone + Keyboard
Mike Middleton - Trumpet + Flugelhorn

July 2000 - May 2001: Quintet

OL - Flamenco Guitar
Jon Gagan - Upright Acoustic Bass
Mark Clark - Cajon + Percussion
Mike Chavez - Bongos + Percussion
Kanoa Kaluhiwa - Tenor Saxophone

June 2000 - July 2000: Quartet

OL - Flamenco Guitar
Jon Gagan - Upright Acoustic Bass
Mark Clark - Cajon + Percussion
Kanoa Kaluhiwa - Tenor Saxophone

February 2000: Quartet

OL - Flamenco Guitar
Jon Gagan - Upright Acoustic Bass
Mark Clark - Cajon + Percussion
Mike Middleton - Trumpet

April 1999 - December 1999: Octet

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Daniel Ward - Flamenco Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar + Keyboards
Ron Wagner - Dumbek, Tablas + Percussion
Mark Clark - Cajon, Timbales + Percussion
Mike Chavez - Drumkit
Kanoa Kaluhiwa - Tenor Saxophone
Mike Middleton - Trumpet

July 1997 - December 1997: Nonet

OL - Flamenco Guitar + Electric Guitar
Daniel Ward - Flamenco Guitar
James Bobchak - Flamenco Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar + Keyboards
Ron Wagner - Dumbek, Tablas + Percussion
Mark Clark - Cajon, Timbales + Percussion
Carl Coletti - Drumkit
Kanoa Kaluhiwa - Tenor Saxophone
Mike Middleton - Trumpet

June 1997: Quintet

OL - Flamenco Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar
Ron Wagner - Dumbek, Tablas + Percussion
Daniel Ward - Flamenco Guitar
James Bobchak - Flamenco Guitar

January 1996 - December 1996: Quartet

Lunanegra 1996

(this band toured with Santana in the Fall of 1996)

OL - Flamenco Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar + Keyboards
Ron Wagner - Dumbek, Tablas + Percussion
Carl Coletti - Drumkit

May 1995 - December 1995: Quartet

OL - Flamenco Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar + Keyboards
Paulo Baldi - Tablas and Percussion
Carl Coletti - Drumkit

January 1994 - September 1994: Quintet

OL - Flamenco Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar
Mark Clark - Percussion
Calvin Hazen - Flamenco Guitar
Domenico Camardella - Piano + Keyboards

June 1992 - January 1994: Quartet

This band opened for Natalie Cole in 1992.

OL - Flamenco Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar
Mark Clark - Percussion
Calvin Hazen - Flamenco Guitar

January 1992 - June 1992: Trio

OL - Flamenco Guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar
Mark Clark - Percussion

March 1990 - December 1991: Trio

This band opened for Miles Davis in Seattle and Milton Nacimiento in San Francisco in March and for Basia on her U.S. tour in the Summer of 1990.

OL - Flamenco Guitar.
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar
Dave Bryant - Percussion

May 1989 - March 1990: Trio

OL - Flamenco guitar
Jon Gagan - Fretless Electric Bass Guitar
Jeff Sussmann - Percussion