AUGUST 29, 2012
Carlos Núñez Announces New Album, North American Tour
Discover To Be Released September 25th, Tour To Followby Tom Pryor
Spain's Carlos Núñez, a celebrated Galician piper who's helped keep Celtic music alive in his native Spain, announced the release of his latest album, Discover, due out on September 25th on Sony Masterworks.
The two-disc set will include appearances by Los Lobos, Ry Cooder, Jordi Savall, Linda Ronstadt, Sinéad O'Connor, Omara Portuondo, The Chieftains, Laurie Anderson and more.
The release will be supported with Núñez's first-ever North American tour, which kicks off in Washington, D.C. on September 1st.
The full press release, including tour dates, is reprinted below.
If you think Spain is just flamenco, you are about to make a most amazing discovery. From Galicia in the northwest corner of Spain comes a surprising music with ancient Celtic roots and modern Spanish energy, a tradition repressed during the Franco dictatorship that is now enjoying a joyous renaissance. All this and more is embodied in the music and career of Galicia's most successful musical export: Carlos Núñez. The groundbreaking instrumentalist makes his Sony Masterworks debut with Discover, a 2-CD released on September 25th, followed by his first major North American tour.
Discover, showcases the range and depth of this groundbreaking instrumentalist, who has taken Galician music to all corners of the world. Proof is in the stunning list of guests that appear on Discover, including Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Waterboys frontman Mike Scott, Sinéad O'Connor, Laurie Anderson, The Chieftains (who launched Núñez's career), flamenco singer Carmen Linares, Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon, Scottish accordionist Phil Cunningham, flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo, Brazilian star Carlinhos Brown, Early Music master Jordi Savall, Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé, and Buena Vista Social Club members Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo and Cachaito.
Núñez is one of Galicia's most revered artists, undisputed as the tradition's greatest piper. He is also enormously popular across the rest of Spain and throughout Europe and Latin America. He had a Number One hit and his records regularly attain gold and platinum status in Spain, while worldwide he has sold over a million albums. He is already known in Irish music thanks to his early "adoption" by The Chieftains (so close was his musical and personal connection he was dubbed "The Seventh Chieftain"). He played on many of the acclaimed Irish group's CDs including Treasure Island, The Long Black Veil, the Grammy-winning Santiago (inspired by Galician music), Mexican project San Patricio, and their latest release, Voice of Ages.
His first performance in the U.S. was with The Chieftains in the record-breaking 1994 Carnegie Hall "Daltrey Sings Townshend" concert. ("Quite an introduction," he laughs.) He also toured the U.S. with The Chieftains and did a few solo dates in 2005; then his career took off in Europe and Latin America.
Núñez could not have picked a better time to launch his new voyage to America. Following a decade in which Spain has focused its resources on promoting flamenco around the world, it's now time to look beyond this narrow definition of Spanish culture and explore the fascinating Celtic traditions of Galicia. Nüñez's home town of Vigo is a favorite destination for travelers, known for its wine and seafood and as a gateway for centuries of religious pilgrims traveling the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James).
"Galicia," Nuñez explains, "is the magical part of Spain." A region both beautiful and mystical, it has a culture and music all its own. Galicia was shaped by an ancient history (tied to the Celts who inhabited that corner of the country over 2500 years ago). At the western-most part of Spain, perched on the Atlantic coast, Galicia is a land connected to cultures from across the globe, not only from their own seafaring history but from a constant influx of Christian pilgrims to Santiago de Campostela. Then, during the dictatorial Franco regime, flamenco was promoted as the "national music," while other regional arts, languages and cultures faced severe repression. Now, Galicia is undergoing a modern day renaissance, as its music and culture blossoms and spreads beyond its borders to growing acclaim.
Carlos Núñez is the undisputed master of Galicia's signature musical instrument, the gaita, or Galician bagpipes. "What the flamenco guitar is to the south, the gaita is to the north," he explains. "The pipes have been here for over a thousand years. They are the oldest in the world. Everyone knows Scottish bagpipes and Irish uillean pipes, but they are the descendants of the Galician pipes." The gaita is musically more flexible than its Irish and Scottish relations, and in the hands of Núñez -- who also plays pennywhistle, ocarina, Jew's harp, tin whistle and flute -- an exciting and funky 21st century instrument. "People say I play the pipes like the electric guitar!" he says.
Now, with the release of Discover and his first major tour, Carlos Núñez is bringing Galicia's Atlantic coast traditions to our own shores. Says Núñez: "America changed my way of seeing music. I met so many amazing musicians, people like Ry Cooder, Jackson Browne, Ricky Skaggs and Emmylou Harris. They were so open, so generous. I know American audiences will hear their influence on my music."
Carlos Núñez 2012 North American Tour:
Sep 29: Washington Post El Tiempo Latino VIP reception, Washington, DC
Oct 1: Instituto Cervantes - talk & reception, New York, NY
Oct 3: Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville, PA
Oct 4: The Barns at Wolftrap, Vienna, VA
Oct 6: Drom, New York, NY
Oct 8: The Burren, Boston, MA
Oct 9: Instituto Cervantes Chicago - talk & reception, Chicago, IL
Oct 12: Church of the Redeemer*, Toronto, CN
Oct 13: St John's United Church*, Oakville, CN
Oct 14: Old Town School of Music, Chicago, IL
Oct 18: Univ of So. California - talk & reception, Los Angeles, CA
Oct 19: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Oct 20: Edye at Broad Stage, Santa Monica, CA
Oct 22: UC Santa Barbara - talk & reception, Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 23: Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, CA
Oct 25: Benaroya Recital Hall, Seattle, WA
Oct 26: McIntyre Hall, Mt Vernon, WA
Nov 1-3: BAM: Grupo Corpo dance premiere "Sem Mim", Brooklyn, NY
(music composed by Carlos Núñez)