Carlos Núñez: A Celtic Musical Pilgrimage to Santiago
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
Town Hall Seattle
The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James) was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem. Legend tells us that St. James’s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried on what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela. Carlos Núñez, Galicia’s greatest piper and foremost traditional music ambassador, and his quartet take us on a musical journey, recreating the sounds that pilgrims may have heard along their mystical journey.
Often called “the unknown Celtic Country”, Spain’s northwest coastal region of Galicia is rich in vibrant, uniquely expressive traditional Celtic music. The gaita is Galicia’s signature sonic symbol, dating back at least to the 11th century, and Núñez’s mastery of the instrument has been integral to its rising popularity inside and outside Spain.
Raised in the Galician port of Vigo, Núñez seeks to safeguard Galicia’s Celtic musical legacy while also skillfully exploring fresh, fascinating realms of possibility for it. In 1994 he debuted in New York’s Carnegie Hall with the Chieftains, and has since toured and recorded several times with the band. Their albums The Long Black Veil and Santiago earned GRAMMY Awards, and Núñez’s debut solo album Brotherhood of Stars became Spain’s first Celtic traditional recording to reach the coveted platinum status.
To learn more about Núñez, visit www.carlosnunez.com.
“If it’s possible to become a pop star playing traditional music on bagpipes and recorder, Núñez could be the man.” –Los Angeles Times