As a leading light in the "Nouveau Flamenco" style -- a broad descriptive, but one that can essentially be broken down to indicating a Flamenco artist working in the wake of groundbreaking guitarist Paco DeLucia -- Ottmar Liebert has garnered international renown. His blend of abundant chops, passion and lyricism is couched in a sensitivity toward the requirements of song. Meaning, the guy can burn with the best of them, but he knows that most folks prefer to hear something with a refrain they can latch on to.
Backed by his band Luna Negra ("Black Moon"), Liebert has helped to make the majesty and irrepressible spirit of Flamenco a present-day concern through the release of some 25 albums. Along the way, he's been nominated for a Grammy five times, grabbed a few gold albums and aplatinum one, and even managed to become an ordained Zen monk. Not bad for a former kid who cut his teeth playing rock 'n' roll in Germany.
Liebert and Luna Negra perform at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.) Tickets are $25 advance, $28 the day of the show (box office, Ticketmaster).
-- Jeff Miers