Carlos Núñez
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

“energetic, genius, the Jimi Hendrix of the bagpipes”

$22 adv / $24 door

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October 01 8:00 pm

Carlos NúñezBagpipe fans, take note. International music sensation Carlos Núñez is coming to the Freight. Billboard Magazine has called him “the Jimi Hendrix of the bagpipe.” The Guardian compared him to Coltrane. BBC Radio described him as “one of the world’s most exciting musicians.” Technically, he plays the gaita, the signature instrument of his homeland, Galicia, in northern Spain. You might not associate the Galician bagpipes with musical stardom, but Carlos has sold over a million albums worldwide. “If it’s possible to become a pop star playing traditional music on the bagpipes and recorder,” the Los Angeles Times says, Carlos “could be the man. He is handsome and performs with kinetic flair and his playing has the presence and sense of freedom and vitality that are qualities of all exceptional musicians.”

Carlos was born in 1971 in Vigo, the port that connects Galicia to the world. “Galicia,” Carlos says, “is the magical part of Spain.” His music draws on influences that range from ancient and contemporary Celtic to medieval and baroque, and also borrows from the sounds and styles of the places where Galicians have settled, including Cuba, Brazil, and Argentina. His album, Discover, features such diverse guest artists as the Chieftains, Jackson Browne, Los Lobos, Sinéad O’Connor, Laurie Anderson, Hector Zazou, Ryichi Sakamoto, Scottish accordionist Phil Cunningham, flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo, Brazilian star Carlinhos Brown, Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé, and Buena Vista Social Club members Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo, and Cachaíto. For an evening of far-flung music with deep Celtic roots, don’t miss Carlos Núñez at the Freight.

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