Ottmar Liebert’s global success can be attributed to a myriad of things – his creative vision, his determination, and a strong sense of melody. Born in Cologne, Germany, he began playing guitar at 11. Before the age of 19, Liebert had intended to stay in Germany and pursue a career as a designer and photographer. However, while journeying extensively through Asia and playing with other travelers and local musicians, he realized that he could not escape a life of music.

Liebert founded the first incarnation of his band, “Luna Negra”, in 1989. His debut album began as a self-produced release called “Marita: Shadows and Storms”, copies of which local Native American artist, Frank Howell, distributed in his art galleries. After the record made its way to radio stations, it began generating a buzz among programmers and received unprecedented response among listeners. Higher Octave Music picked it up and released a fully remastered version, Nouveau Flamenco.

His album from 1991 called Borrasca was Grammy nominated, but it is exceptional in Liebert’s mind for another reason. Although everyone wanted him to make another Nouveau Flamenco, this album went in a different direction. He added horns and piano, giving the album a different vibe and sound.