New photo by Greg Gorman

02018-04-18 @ 09:04

The Everyday Enchantment of Music

02018-03-24 @ 06:03

Brain Pickings – An inventory of the meaningful life.
THE EVERYDAY ENCHANTMENT OF MUSIC
A rough sound was polished until it became a smoother sound, which was polished until it became music. Then the music was polished until it became the memory of a night in Venice when tears of the sea fell from the Bridge of Sighs, which in turn was polished until it ceased to be and in its place stood the empty home of a heart in trouble. Then suddenly there was sun and the music came back and traffic was moving and off in the distance, at the edge of the city, a long line of clouds appeared, and there was thunder, which, however menacing, would become music, and the memory of what happened after Venice would begin, and what happened after the home of the troubled heart broke in two would also begin.

Upcoming Concerts

02018-03-22 @ 20:03

April:
We will perform at the Jazz Alley in Seattle from 19. April until 22. April.
We will perform at The Iridium in Manhattan from 26. April until 28. April.

May:
At the end of May Jon and I will perform duets, with Flamenco guitar and upright bass, at the Rialto in Loveland, Colorado, on 30. May, and at eTown in Boulder on 31. May.

June:
On 2. June the trio will perform with the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra at the Zoo, in Albuquerque. On 3. June the trio will perform at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts…

Gödi Gitársaság – YouTube

02018-03-21 @ 14:03

Ottmar Liebert: Santa Fe – Gödi Gitársaság – YouTube

From what I can make out this is a guitar class in Hungary, performing Santa Fe.

Opting Out

02018-03-01 @ 09:03

Opting out
Things are not going well in the music industry…. That’s an understatement. The truth is that things are pretty screwed up in the music industry… That’s also an understatement!

More people need to realize what artists get paid by streaming platforms for their hard work. More people should care!

The cold numbers (per play)
Napster pays $0.0167
Tidal pays $0.0110
Apple Music pays $0.0064
Google Play pays $0.0059
Deezer pays $0.0056
Spotify pays $0.0038
Pandora pays $0.0011
Youtube $0.0006 (IF you monetize)

To get on these platforms you also have to go through a distributor, for example CD Baby, which takes 19% of these royalties… On top of the fixed price for the entry ticket of course, which varies between $49 and $89 for an album. And of course to withdraw that money, you will have bank or Paypal fees…

So in average among these platforms, you get $0.0065, minus the 19% that’s a whooping $0.005265! Meaning for 10,000 plays you get roughly $50

It’s something I might give a try, to ONLY sell a CD from my website. No digital distribution, no streaming, no CD distribution… only selling CDs directly.

The Complete Santa Fe Sessions

02018-01-10 @ 11:01

I have been working on this album for several months, and it’s coming together very nicely. The current favorite cover design is this one, using a photo I took of my guitar case, with yellow-edged stairs and a red table:

TCSFS 5 for diary

Track List:
01 Borrasca
02 Isla del Sol
03 Barcelona Nights
04 Reaching Out 2 U
05 Havana Club
06 Dancing Under the Moon
07 Snakecharmer
08 São Paulo
09 Song 4 Pablo
10 Turkish Night
11 2 the Night
12 La Rosa Negra
13 Heart Still/Beating
14 Santa Fe
15 Morning Arrival in Goa

That’s the favorite sequence at the moment. The sequence might change, but those are the fifteen songs that will be on the album.

Memory

02017-12-03 @ 13:12

The original version of this song was recorded at my new studio in Santa Fe in 1995, for the album ‘Opium’, which was released by Epic Records on 12. March 1996.

It’s funny how memory works, because for many years I believed that I wrote this song after a special night we spent in a former Ottoman palace in Istanbul on the 19th of December of 1996. We had performed for a private party, and a couple of good friends had joined us in the bar of the hotel after the concert – guys I had known since I was fifteen years old. One of them had become a journalist, reporting for a German broadcasting station from Ankara, the capital of Turkey. He told us that people in Turkey drink cherry juice the way Americans drink orange juice. I suggested that we drink Screwdrivers, but that we mix vodka with cherry juice instead of orange juice. A ‘Turkish Screwdriver’, we called it, and then we proceeded to drink the entire supply of cherry juice the bar had. The next morning’s hangover was tremendous, but the evening was worth it.

The truth is that the song was written, recorded, and titled about a year BEFORE the event I discribed happened. Prescient, really.

Memory… it’s a funny thing, isn’t it.

The reason I thought of this today is that I am working on an album that will be called ‘The Complete Santa Fe Sessions’. This album, to be released next Spring, will contain a new mix of a Luna Negra XL version of ‘Turkish Night’ – with horns.

Unreleased Music

02017-10-26 @ 12:10

Unreleased music in the form of a new version of Song 4 Pablo.

Song 4 Pablo (2017)

(((Click on the above link to play the song, or control-click and download)))

That is Song 4 Pablo, a song I recorded around 2001 for the album The Santa Fe Sessions. The piece was under consideration for Bare Wood, the stripped down acoustic compilation album we released in 2014. I recently sat down and listened to the piece again. Then I removed the percussion, and re-arranged the piece. All that is left is guitar and bass, and so the song became a duet between me and Jon Gagan. There are only seven tracks altogether, three melody guitars, two rhythm guitars, a steel string guitar, and Jon’s upright bass. And yet, I think you will agree that this song has everything it needs…

Feel free to download this new version of Song 4 Pablo (2017) – it should pair really well with the pieces on Bare Wood.

The Santa Fe Sessions is out of print now, but I have started to work on some of the music again. I feel that the songs were there, but I have never been happy with the end result.

Santana

02017-08-22 @ 15:08

I came across this the other day… My first concert experience, on September 23rd of 1975, was Santana, with the opening act Earth, Wind & Fire(!!!!). For Christmas that year I received Santana’s 1974 triple LP ‘Lotus’, recorded live in Japan. This is one page of the LP booklet, signed by Carlos in the Fall of 1996, when my band toured with Santana for three months. The red guitar pick was used by Carlos during the Lunar Eclipse at the Phoenix concert on September 26, 1996.

Link to Instagram Post

Waiting n Swan

02017-08-19 @ 12:08

You can find the digital version of the album for sale, or streaming, here:

iTunes/Apple Music

Amazon

Spotify

New Biography

02017-08-17 @ 14:08

We added a new biography to this website… the last one was many years old. You can find it here.

Interview for Hawaii shows in August

02017-08-08 @ 18:08

Every once in a while I get to have a conversation that goes beyond the question “what kind of guitar do you play?”. This was one of those pleasurable times. Check it out:

Summit – How Ottmar Liebert found harmony in music and spirituality

Hawaii in August

02017-07-13 @ 11:07

We just added another show, at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center…

Aug 10 – Maui, HI – Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Info
Aug 11 – Honolulu, HI – Blue Note Hawaii – Info
Aug 12 – Honolulu, HI – Blue Note Hawaii
Aug 13 – Honolulu, HI – Blue Note Hawaii

Morning TV in Riga 

02017-03-03 @ 00:03

I was picked up at 07:25 for a morning TV show In Riga, Latvia. This little clip was recorded by the promoter rep for their Facebook page. 

OL : 305

02017-02-23 @ 11:02

I recalled the story of the three-oh-five cover art on Instagram.

14. February

02017-02-14 @ 12:02

We are playing at the Belly Up in Solana Beach tonight. This morning I walked to the beach.

The Hollywood Times

02017-02-13 @ 01:02

Zen Master of Flamenco

An opening slot for Cool Jazz/Fusion monarch Miles Davis proved the gateway to a wider audience looking for adventure in their music. Liebert’s fusion of Flamenco and World Music secured him an international fan base. The rest is his story. 

slow

02016-12-09 @ 16:12

#desertislandmusic #slow #album #music

A photo posted by Ottmar Liebert (@ottmarliebert) on

These days I only check my Twitter account a couple of times per week. Today I saw this tweet from Andrew Gaskins. I love Desert Island Lists! Thank you!

Could You Be Loved – Guitar Break

02016-12-02 @ 12:12

I posted a short video clip of me playing the guitar break for “Could You Be Loved” on Instagram a couple of days ago:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BNdDAsxgfpg/
Here is a guitar break I came up with this fall, for one of the pieces we played on tour. I remember showing a few funk riffs to the late dancer Vicente Romero years ago. He told me I had to find a way to play that on the flamenco guitar. Since I don't play with a pick (plectrum) it took me a long time to figure out a way to use my index finger nail to do this. I recorded this with my iPhone.

2016 Merchandise + a few CDs

02016-12-02 @ 11:12

We have opened a little online store for 2016 merchandise and a few CDs. This store will be open for a limited time only. The URL is https://squareup.com/store/spiral-subwave-records-international.

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