Ottmar live in Germany – Some impressions

Boris reviewed two of my solo performances in Germany last month:

Ottmar Liebert’s Fanmencos @ OLnet: Ottmar live in Germany – Some impressions

And finally Ottmar Liebert brought his music to Germany! That’s how it all started for me: I had found Pandora’s Box way back in the 90s and had written Ottmar an e-mail, honestly without expecting an answer, asking “When do you come to Europe?” – like so many people asked during the shows this one week in November, “Why do you come to Germany that seldom?”.

Regarding the set list he wrote down, I think he is probably correct (((I would not know the order of the songs because I don’t use a set list for solo concerts))), but want to add:

The piece he identified as The Longest Night also contained fragments from Dream (The Hours between Night + Day) and Sapo (One Guitar). What Boris called the new intro to Duende del Amor is a piece I wrote and recorded for The Scent of Light, but did not finish because it became obvious that I had more music than would fit on a CD. Actually, I did record the piece, and even have a title – all that is missing is a solo by Rahim AlHaj. The title is Two Sisters: Hope + Sorrow and I wrote it with the heart-break that is Iraq in mind. Come to think, I will ask Rahim to play on it when he come to Santa Fe next and will add it to the ListeningLounge. I didn’t play Red Desert Sky, because that piece requires a different tuning. I was just improvising an encore, but could have played a few similar lines.

In Freiburg Boris knew the song-titles better than I did and helped me out when somebody asked what I had just played…

I love doing solo-performances. They feel so direct and simple and personal and challenging…

Here is a beautiful photo Boris took in the mirror-tent in Munich. That was the one day I forgot my camera in the hotel room. Would have liked to grab some images there.

Freiburg Poster

Boris scored a poster from the Jazzhaus in Freiburg and says that the new dates are November 24th in Freiburg and November 28th in Munich. The other German dates will fall around those two. That’s all I know at this point. I know that I will do more shows in Europe that month and have heard about Switzerland, France and the UK. I’ll keep you posted – or check Boris’ Flickr or Blog – he might have the scoop before me. :)

The photo on the poster is by the great Gorman – last year in Santa Fe.