March 21, 2017
Writer: Don Sparhawk
Celtic bagpiper Carlos Nunez and his band will perform Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.
Nunez, who comes from Galicia, a Celtic region in northwest Spain, is considered one of the preeminent artists on the Celtic and world music scene.
He has expanded the borders of Celtic music to include flamenco, fado, Cuban, Mexican, Brazilian and classical music, movie soundtracks and contemporary dance. As he describes it, he plays Celtic music with Latin passion.
Sony Music has released his 10 albums, selling 1 million copies since his debut in 1996, amassing several platinum and gold CDs and DVDs, as well as two Latin Grammy nominations.
His album "Santiago," for which he became honorary member of The Chieftains, was awarded a Grammy in 1997.
Nunez embarks on his comeback to the United States, having performed hundreds of shows in the early 1990s with The Chieftains or his own band. Since his last U.S. release 10 years ago, he has concentrated on Europe, Latin America and Japan, where his legions of fans have enjoyed an average of 100 shows per year.
A special guest on his U.S. tour will be Basque star singer of Galician descent Maria Berasarte, who has collaborated with Nunez in several concerts in Spain. This will be her first tour abroad as guest vocalist with Nunez.
Her passion for fado brought her to devote her first album for Universal Music to it. Portuguese critics called it the best fado album ever recorded by a foreign voice, and living legend of fado Carlos do Carmo even put her on stage for the world of fado to enjoy.
Also performing will be 21-year-old accordion player Itsaso Elizagoien, who has been touring with Nunez in Europe. She comes from the Pyrenees in Navarra, Spain.
Tickets for the Center Stage performance are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. Tickets can be purchased at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, by calling 496-3170 or online at tickets.byui.edu.