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Ottmar Leibert

Ottmar Liebert performs at Blue Note Napa on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

Greg Gorman

Santa Fe’s five-time Grammy award-nominee Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra will be at Blue Note Napa this weekend. He’ll perform songs from prior albums as well as ones from their new release, ‘Slow,’ at Thursday, Feb. 22, Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24, with shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Liebert, a Zen monk and practitioner of contemporary flamenco guitar, plays with different textures, contrasting traditional and electric instruments.

About “Slow,” Ottmar says, “Sometime in 2015 I decided to record by myself, without the band, and that I wanted to create slow music. For my new album, I wanted to raise my guitar against the sound of billions of smartphones beeping with the latest news, mentions, likes, and comments, keeping us in a state of constant alarm. I also discovered that there has been scientific research into how slow music can relax the listener’s heartbeat and lower their blood pressure.

Leibert said he made the music on “Slow” with only one guitar and one microphone. “Working by myself in the studio felt like writing a very personal diary. For example, I recorded ‘Elegy’ just a day after Prince died.

“This is the beauty of instrumental music,” he added, “like the description of a tree in a book that requires your imagination so that it can take form in your mind, instrumental music can take on different shapes and colors, depending on your experiences.

“I have played guitar since I was 11 and sat in meditation since I was 15,” Leibert told the Hollywood Times in 2016. “The two practices are so connected in my mind, that I can’t tell where one stops and the other starts.” (The Hollywood Times, February 2016)

Tickets are $25-$45. For more information or reservations, visit bluenotenapa.com/.

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