Posted by: ktzefr | January 15, 2013

Discovering Carlos Nunez

I love making discoveries whether it’s a new food, tea, or a place to see.  It’s also fun to find a different way to do something, especially if it’s easier, quicker, or better.  And some of the best discoveries I’ve made when traveling had little to do with popular sites or prescribed activities.  Henry Miller said it like this: “One’s destination is never a place but a new way of looking at things.” 

Carlos Nunez

In December I discovered Carlos Nunez.  Of course, millions of people already knew this amazing talent and have followed him for years.  I didn’t, I haven’t.  I love associations, connections, links between and among people and places and everything else.  So this is how I discovered DISCOVER.

Our special family Christmas event this year was a Celtic concert at the historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown, DC.  Surrounded by holiday greens and candlelight, the Barnes & Hampton Celtic Consort provided the music with harp and flute, pipes and lute.  There were readings from poems by Langston Hughes and from one of my favorite holiday tiny tomes by Dylan Thomas — A Child’s Christmas in Wales.  Beautiful.  The flute solo (Silent Night) was superb and there really is nothing much prettier than the sound of a harp.  But it was the special sounds of the music from Galicia that stuck with me, so I went in search of the best…and that’s how I discovered Carlos Nunez.  A Spanish bagpipe player? 

The Galician culture in Spain, like many others, was stifled during Franco’s dictatorship with their languages and traditions being publicly banned.  But Galicia’s traditions re-emerged in the 1970s from the region’s farms and villages and towns.  Carlos Nunez was born at the right time, I suppose.  He took up the bagpipes at eight and became an international sensation, eventually playing with The Chieftains, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and many others.  Orchestras, jazz groups, film soundtracks…Celtic music with a Spanish twist?

Anyway, Nunez describes his music thus: “In Galicia we play Celtic music as the Irish, Scottish, and Bretons do, but we add Spanish passion and temperament, that’s our trademark.” 

Exactly.  That’s why it stuck in my mind, I suppose.  If you like Celtic music and Latin vibes, you must discover DISCOVER, the latest by Carlos Nunez. 



An interview with Carlos Nunez at Folk World.

The Galacian Diasporacheck out Delmi Alvarez’s documentary photo essay

Celtic “Amazing Grace”


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