|Ottmar Liebert is a Grammy Award nominated "Nouveau Flamenco" guitarist. He leads the band Luna Negra, which has supported him on most of his albums and on tour. 10 of his albums have been certified Platinum in the United States and he has received five Grammy Award nominations. He is currently based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the U.S.
Liebert was born in 1959 in Cologne, Germany to a Chinese-German father and a Hungarian mother, Ottmar spent most of his childhood traveling throughout Europe and Asia with his family. His classical guitar training began at age 12.
|Review: By softening up the edges and adding a Latin-influenced bed of tropical percussion, Liebert has turned Flamenco into a widely appealing genre that has topped the new age charts on multiple occasions. His fleet-fingered picking may not put him in the same echelon as guitarists such as Paco De Lucia, but Liebert's music is designed to please the audience with a sprinkling of exotic flavors. Songs such as "Ballad for Santana" showcase the bittersweet side of his playing, while the hit "Barcelona Nights" is as attractive as a starry night on a Mediterranean cruise. A variety of styles make up Liebert's sound: Rumba, Merengue, classical, dance, jazz and rock all help to make his music the accessibly exciting aural opiate that it is.|