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National Hispanic Cultural Center - Bank of America Theatre
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque NM 87102
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Tickets cost $25 (plus applicable service charges). Tickets are available from the NHCC Box Office (in person and by phone - (505) 724-4771).
In celebration of the Carlos Nuñez concert, we are declaring February Galician appreciation month. We are partnering with a number of local organizations to provide some extra cultural experiences to give you both a taste and insight into Galician culture leading up to the concert. Thanks to our partners: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Instituto Cervantes and UNM's Latin American & Iberian Institute.
- Saturday, February 15: Enjoy an extended conversation and interview on KUNM's Raíces program hosted by Cristinna Baccin. The interview will air at 2:30 pm.
- Wednesday, February 19: Join us at MÁS - Tapas y Vino in the Hotel Andaluz as Chef James Campbell Caruso offers up a special 5-course Galician dinner and enjoy a post-dinner talk about Galicia sponsored by UNM's Latin American & Iberian Institute. Click here for more info on the Gourmet Galician Dinner.
- Friday, February 21: A cooking class offered by Instituto Cervantes at the National Hispanic Cultural Center will bring a mouth-watering taste of Spain to Albuquerque. The class will highlight the cuisine of Galicia, an autonomous community region on Spain’s northwest coast. Dishes unique to the culturally and linguistically distinct region will include croquetas de pulpo y queso (octopus and cheese croquettes), caldereta de pescado (fish stew), and filloas rellenas de crema (filloas filled with cream). Filloas – a signature dessert of Galicia – are crêpe-like pancakes made of flour, broth or milk, and eggs. The cooking class is $25 and limited to 25 participants and will run from 6 to 8 pm. Early registration is advised, as this will fill up. Interested persons can contact the Instituto at 505-724-4777.
Carlos Núñez [web site | Amazon.com] 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 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), and Voice of Ages.
Núñez then launched his own solo career, starting with his 1996 debut, Brotherhood of Stars. With platinum sales in Spain, Brotherhood was a remarkable breakthrough for both Núñez and Galician music. His newest album, 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 the Chieftains, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Sinéad O’Connor, Waterboys frontman Mike Scott, Laurie Anderson, Hector Zazou, and many others.
"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.
Carlos Núñez was born in 1971 in Vigo, the port that connects Galicia to the world—Vigo is where Hemingway first set foot in Spain; it remains today much as found it. Núñez started playing the gaita at the age of eight. He studied recorder and Baroque music at Madrid's Royal Conservatory. At the age of 12, he performed at Brittany's Festival InterCeltique (it was there he first heard The Chieftains).
Núñez's music draws on influences that range from ancient and contemporary Celtic (with a unique Spanish swing) to Medieval and Baroque, and also borrows from the sounds and styles of the places where Galicians have settled, including Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, even the United States.
He's 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. Everyone knows Scottish bagpipes and Irish uillean pipes, but now they are supposed to be 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.
Another Núñez trademark is his unique ability to work so effortlessly with so many different artists and traditions, something he also attributes to Galician culture. "We are like chameleons. We always mix with the cultures of the places where we go and then we make a new melting pot, a new mix."
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