Disco de Platino (Platinum Disc) - USA/Latin
Nominated for a Grammy
"To me, the title Opium suggests a drug that seduces you into a whole different world. And with this album we tried to create our own little world, which takes from alot of different sources. We don't feel like we belong to any particular culture exclusively. With Opium, we're creating a little world and seducing people into it."
The acclaimed guitarist and composer Ottmar Liebert is on the line from his home city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, talking about his new Epic album Opium, a stunning two-CD set which contains some of the most ambitious and eclectic music of his wide-ranging career. Like the portholes of a ship, the two discs of Opium ("Wide-eyed" and "Dreaming") form what Ottmar describes as "two windows into this world: One is the brighter, wide-eyed, faster side, the other is the mellower, introspective side."
This ambitious work, Ottmar Liebert's first new studio album in two and a half years was originally conceived as a single disc. In the early spring of 1995, Ottmar began recording at his own Spiral Subwave studio in Santa Fe, "and within two months, we were suddenly working on more than 30 pieces. We could record at our own pace: The engineer was staying at my house. There were no constraints - just total freedom."
The core band for the Opium sessions consisted of Ottmar on acoustic and electric guitars, Jon Gagan on bass and keyboards, and Stefan Liebert playing assorted percussion and keyboards. There were joined, on various tracks, by percussionist Mark Clark (who performed on Ottmar's two previous Epic albums, ¡Viva! and The Hours between Night and Day); Luna Negra's new drummer Carl Coletti; percussionist Woody Thompson; and Eric Schermerhorn on electric guitar. On some tracks, their instrumental performances were blended with the vocal performances by Magali Amadei, Ashkan Sahihi, Bok Yun Chon, Lobsang Samten + Olga Kammerer. At other moments, the music was combined with ambient sounds recorded in such far-flung locales as Milan, Singapore, and Hawaii during the course of Luna Negra's 1994 touring year.
For the recording of Opium, Ottmar explains, "I'm using my flamenco guitar, which was made by Eric Sahlin of Spokane, Washington, and a midi-flamenco guitar made by Keith Vizcarra of Santa Fe.
"I played two electric guitars, one of which is a Roland Stratocaster - a Japanese copy of the Fender Stratocaster which came with a Roland guitar synthesizer. I've since ripped the synth out and put in new pick ups, a new whammy bar - it's acompletely different guitar now. The other is a Gibson ES-335 (semi-hollow body) but in a pearl-white finish. I played the electric guitars through either a Mesa Boogie or Groove Tubes amp. And on some tracks I'm playing a fretless lute - although it sounds more like a Turkish oud since we took the frets off."
Born in Cologne to a Chinese-German father and Hungarian mother, Liebert began playing guitar at age eleven. Following the completion of a course of study in classical guitar, the eighteen-year-old musician embarked on a series of journeys through Russia and Asia. He traveled widely and studied traditional music but found little outlet for these crucial experiences in the Western pop music of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Encoded 128-320 Kbps MP3
Artist: Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra
Label: Epic Records
Release Date: 03.12.96
Producer: OL + Stefan Liebert
Engineer: Charles Rook, Gary Lyons, Stefan Liebert
Studio: Spiral Subwave in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Recording Medium: 2” 24 track analog tape with Dolby SR
Mixing Medium: Digital Audio Tape
Mastering: Analog - at The Mastering Lab in Los Angeles
Song Titles: Opium 1 - Wide-Eyed
01. Nuevo Mexico
02. Alegria Arabe
03. Turkish Night
04. Ocean Blvd - Miami
05. Santa Fe 2 Chama
06. Tremulo (De Mi Corazon)
07. Bed Of Nails (Wide-Eyed Trance)
08. Montana Walking
09. Tangos De Tesuque
11. Serenity On Ultracloud
12. Butterfly + Juniper < 4 Kelly
13. Vudu (Technicolor Eyes Burn Thru)
14. Buleria De Rojo < 4 Mc
OL - Flamenco Guitar, Electric Guitar + Synthesizer
Jon Gagan - Electric Bass Guitars, Synthesizer
Stefan Liebert - Drum Programming + Samples
Mark Clark - Percussion
Eric Schermerhorn - Electric Guitar
Woody Thompson - Percussion
CarlColetti - Drum Kit
I have MORE of Ottmar Liebert - as soon as this is SEEDED.