Carlos Núñez
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)Spain's Jimi Hendrix of the bagpipes $22.50 advance / $24.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
October 23 8:00 pm

Carlos NúñezBagpipe fans, take note.  International music sensation Carlos Núñez is coming to the Freight.  Billboard Magazine has called him “the Jimi Hendrix of the bagpipe.”  The Guardian compared him to Coltrane.  BBC Radio described him as “one of the world’s most exciting, and most serious, musicians.”  Technically, he plays the gaita, the signature instrument of his homeland, Galicia, in northern Spain.  You might not associate the Galician bagpipes with musical stardom, but Carlos has sold over a million albums worldwide.  “If it’s possible to become a pop star playing traditional music on the bagpipes and recorder,” the Los Angeles Times says, Carlos “could be the man.  He is handsome and performs with kinetic flair and his playing has the presence and sense of freedom and vitality that are qualities of all exceptional musicians.”
Carlos was born in 1971 in Vigo, the port that connects Galicia to the world.  “Galicia,” Carlos says, “is the magical part of Spain.”  His music draws on influences that range from ancient and contemporary Celtic to Medieval and Baroque, and also borrows from the sounds and styles of the places where Galicians have settled, including Cuba, Brazil, and Argentina.  “What the flamenco guitar is to the south of Spain, the gaita is to the north,” he explains.  “The pipes have been here for over a thousand years.  Everyone knows Scottish bagpipes and Irish uillean pipes, but now they are supposed to be the descendants of the Galician pipes.”
Carlos and his pipes have crossed countless musical borders.  Here are some of the artists who play on his latest album, Discover:  The Chieftains, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Sinéad O’Connor, Laurie Anderson, Hector Zazou, Ryichi Sakamoto, flamenco singer Carmen Linares, Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon, Scottish accordionist Phil Cunningham, flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo, Brazilian star Carlinhos Brown, Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé, and Buena Vista Social Club members Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo, and Cachaíto. His band tonight features Katie McNally (fiddle), Pancho Alvarez (bouzouki, vocals), Xurxo Núñez (percussion).
For an evening of far-flung music with deep Celtic roots, don’t miss Carlos Núñez at the Freight.

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