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Silhouette Series - Carlos Nunez
Event Date and Time
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall

Event Details

Carlos Nunez, the bagpipe rockstar, to hit the San Juan College stage

One of the world’s greatest performers will bring his myriad of musical talents to San Juan College when the Silhouette Series presents Carlos Núñez on Thursday, February 27 at 7 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall.

When the Los Angeles Times suggested that “if it’s possible to become a pop star playing traditional music on bagpipes and recorder, Núñez could be the man,” it may have been an understatement. Few pop stars pack the energy, virtuosity, imagination and daring charisma into their concerts as Carlos Núñez does. He is the world’s most famous player of the gaita, the bagpipes of Galicia, Spain’s northwest, Atlantic Ocean-abutting region rich in vibrant, uniquely expressive Celtic traditional music.

Carlos’s solo album debut in 1996, A Irmandade das Estrelas (Brotherhood of Stars in English), fulfilled his musical mission of inter-Celtic confraternity in stunning style. Featuring more than 50 guests, the album enjoyed extraordinary sales in Spain, where it became the first Celtic traditional recording to reach the coveted platinum status. Carlos’s other albums have likewise generated substantial sales and esteem, expanding the audience for Galician music through a kinship with different Celtic nations that he’s cultivated in original, invigorating ways. His 2012 release, a double CD comprising 39 tracks and featuring a host of distinguished guests, was entitled Discover, a single word serving as an open invitation to savor a bountiful cross-section of Carlos’s diverse music indissolubly linked to Galicia’s music.

Núñez 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 had a Number One hit and his records regularly attain gold and platinum status in Spain, while worldwide he has sold over a million albums. 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”).

The gaita dates back at least to the 11th century, and Carlos’s utter mastery of this bagpipe has been integral to its rising popularity inside and outside Spain. His ability in fingering the chanter to bend, extend or cut notes; sustain and change tempos; explore harmonic nuances and tonal colors; and complement and counterpoint other musicians’ playing is nothing short of astonishing, and those musical hallmarks are not limited to his playing of the gaita. Carlos will also display his superb talents on the ocarina, assorted whistles, Scottish highland pipes, uilleann (Irish) pipes, bombarde (a kind of Breton oboe), biniou koz (Breton bagpipes), and pastoral pipes (18th-century precursor of the uilleann pipes). This impressive panoply of instruments provides Carlos and his audiences with a variety of textures matched to that of his repertoire.

Tickets for the show are $18 for adults, $15 for students, $12 for seniors and $10 for children 12 and under. For more information about the show, call the San Juan College Box Office at 505-566-3430505-566-3430. Tickets and more information are also available at  


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Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall


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