Posteado por: cervanteschicago | octubre 6, 2012

Discussion with Carlos Nuñez

Carlos NuñezTuesday, October 9, 2012 at 6.00pm, Instituto Cervantes will host a concert and discussion with Carlos Nuñez, regarded internationally as an extraordinary performer and one of the world’s most serious and brilliant musicians.

However, Nuñez is also an Artist with a capital A. His charisma, energy and pioneering spirit have made him popular beyond the traditional limits of his instruments: the gaita (Galician pipes) and the flute. At the age of eight, Carlos decided to study under the old masters, learning the secrets of folk music and the gaita, and at age twelve, he was invited to play as a soloist with the Lorient Symphony Orchestra during a performance of a work by Irish composer Shaun Davey.

By the time he published his first solo album, A irmandade das estrelas, in 1996, Nuñez was already an artist recognized around the world. The album sold more than 100,000 copies in Spain and signaled the coming of age of world music in his home country.  It would be the first of many successful albums in the long trajectory of his career.

The international influences in Carlos’ music are strong. During three years  in which he practically lived in Britain  Carlos absorbed the best music of this mythical country of druids, magicians, dolmens and menhirs. He is accompanied on this disc by Britain’s best musicians, including Alan Stivell, the guitarist Dan Ar Braz, and the bard Gilles Servat, as well as other lesser-known artists who preserve the flavor and purity of ancient styles.

2004 witnessed Carlos’ first collaboration with the world of film – and he entered that world through the door of one of its most respected directors.  What started with Alejandro Amenábar requesting a song from Nuñez’s first album for his film Mar Adentro evolved into his collaboration on practically the entire soundtrack for the film, which won an Oscar, as well as fourteen Goya Prizes, including Best Soundtrack.

Over the course of his career, Carlos Nuñez has sold more than 1 million albums worldwide, won a Ondas Prize, and been nominated for two Latin Grammys.  He has been named a European Ambassador for the Environment and has performed at the Vatican before a crowd of 2 million people. He has been defined as “the unique global star of the gaita” (François-Xavier Gómez, Libération), “the new king of the Celts” (Manuel Rivas, El País), “the Jimi Hendrix of the gaita” (Scott Lewellyn, Billboard), “the golden piper” (Xabier Rekalde, El Mundo), “an artist of overwhelming musicality and an intelligent talent” (Jan Fairley, Folk Roots), and “pipe music as if played a Coltrane or a Hendrix.” (Bob Flynn, The Guardian)

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Fortunately, we are graced with Carlos Nuñez’s presence in Chicago, and we invited you to participate in this great opportunity for lovers of celtic music to converse with Carlos and understand his world at greater depth.


Tuesday, October 9, 6.00 p.m.

Instituto Cervantes Auditorium

31 W. Ohio St.

Chicago, IL 60654

Free and open to the public

Wine reception to follow



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