Tonight at The Barns, virtuosic Galician bagpipe master Carlos Núñez makes his Wolf Trap debut performing stunning traditional Spanish music with Berber, flamenco, and Celtic influences. Here are a few noteworthy facts:
Born in Vigo, Galicia, Spain in 1971, Núñez continues to play a pivotal role in the revival of Galician music and was called “The new king of the Celts” by influential Spanish newspaper, El Pais.
Before discovering his passion for Galician bagpipes, Núñez was a student of baroque classical music at the famed Madrid Conservatory in Spain.
To produce the recent album Alborada DoBrasil (2009), Núñez tirelessly researched Brazilian folk music to uncover its medieval roots and then experimented with blending in contemporary Brazilian pop flair.
Billboard’s Scott Lewellyn has called Núñez “The Jimi Hendrix of the bagpipe.”
He appeared as a featured member of The Chieftains on their GRAMMY-winning album Santiago (1997), which included collaborations with Los Lobos and Linda Ronstadt.
“In Galicia we play Celtic music as the Irish, Scottish and Bretons do, but we add Spanish passion and temperament, that’s our trademark.”—Núñez on the contemporary Galician musical renaissance
Carlos Núñez performs at 8 pm on Thursday, October 4, 2012. Tickets are available here so be sure not to miss this international sensation!