Written by: Christie Bilbo
Photos by: Javier Vicencio
The House of Blues in Dallas was the grand stage for the extraordinary Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra on Thursday night. The anticipation of a memorable evening was palpable, and the honor of being in Ottmar’s presence was an exhilarating experience.
My first encounter with Ottmar Liebert’s music was about 25 years ago during my college years. As a devoted heavy metal fan, I rarely ventured outside my genre. Yet, when I heard the song “Little Wing” from the self-titled album, I was captivated. The music was soothing and deeply moving, touching me in a way I never thought possible. It was as if the music was perfectly composed to fill a void in my soul that I didn’t even know existed.
On the stage, Ottmar Liebert and his guitar were the focal point, positioned slightly towards the back. To his right, Robby Rothschild added rhythm with his drums and bongo while Joe Gagan strummed his bass to the left. Together, they filled the room with the sway of Nouveau Flamenco-style Spanish music. As Ottmar strummed his guitar barefooted, one could only imagine the vibrations of the instruments resonating through his body. The frisson in the air was palpable, even as a spectator in the crowd.
Known for his soulful and moving songs, such as “Sante Fe” and “Dance 4 Me,” it reminds me of when I lived in Pampaneira, Spain. Ottmar Liebert’s music has such a flair and sexiness to it that would make anyone want to just lose themselves in the moment.
Where most artists sell their merchandise at a concert, Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra had a table of postcards with a QR code. His newest music, “Bare Wood 2,” contains stripped-down music that contains no electronic music. As his website states, “What emerged was the essence, the soul, the bare wood of music.”
If you are looking for great music to fill your iTunes or Spotify rotation, I would highly recommend Ottmar Liebert. He has such a vast collection of music that there is something that would please the ears of anyone. From the sexiness of “Barcelona Nights” to the slow and melodic “La Luna” you will fall in love with his music just as much as I have.