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Oatmeal, anyone? An Evening with Ottmar Liebert

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When my daughter was small, she would refer to Flamenco guitarist, Ottmar Liebert as “Oatmeal”.  “Listening to Oatmeal again, Mom?”  she would ask.

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Last night, we were treated to two hours of this graceful guitarist’s skilled execution of some of the most incredible music I have ever heard.  Liebert was joined by bassist, Jon Gagon and percussionist, Chris Steele.  They had definite chemistry, and put on an ideal show in an intimate Portland venue in the Alberta Arts District.

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Ottmar Liebert is what guitar playing is all about.  He is in tune with his craft to the point that it seemed, at times, that he and the guitar were one instrument.  He was graceful, and seemed comfortable in his own skin, playing, most of the time, barefoot, with his eyes closed, seemingly oblivious to his surroundings, riding the waves of his own creations.   I believe he was playing a small DeVoe guitar, but it didn’t have any markings on it that I could see, so I’m not certain that is what it was.

Since 1986 Liebert has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1992 he purchased an “alt-ranchette” just outside the city, with an adobe guesthouse he built as a recording studio.  In May 2006 Liebert was ordained as a Zen monk by Dennis Genpo Merzel at the Kanzeon Zen Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He had a very strong presence….one of peace and goodness.  Both John and I sensed this immediately as we watched him.

(I couldn’t get the video of Luna Negra to embed.  This video (above) is an earlier performance.)

I have been unable to find a video of Jon Gagnon, his bassist, but will post one here, if i do later.  He  was simply put, rock solid in every way.  Jon had a huge presence and voice on a 4 string fretless which sang like an baritone opera singer…or, at times, a French horn.  I couldn’t figure out what one of his bass instruments was at all it.  The one shown here was huge, and had a EB-like headstock and a body shape of something like a JP and a morsh.   Its  tone was full of mwah, but soulful and crying. The  fretboard was  coated with something shiny. I’d not seen anything like it before.

Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 10.54.47 AMThe drummer, Chris Steele, was not to be believed.

Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 10.57.15 AMI did find a video of Chris playing, and I encourage you to watch it.  He is truly a unique player, and fantastically talented.

There is a video on YouTube that I couldn’t manage to embed here.  Please look it up.  It is called “Good Drums, Bad Turtleneck” by Chris Steele.  This is the video to watch to really see this man’s talent.  You can find it here:

The Alberta Rose Theater is a sweet little venue….very small and intimate, which was the perfect place to hear a trio such as this.  John and I ate the venue’s delicious  hand pies and sipped Perrier as we basked in the warmth and beauty that these musicians presented to us. We had such a nice evening.   These guys are  true professionals…plain and simple.  They were tight, knew exactly what they were doing, and provided the audience with an amazing show.  ’nuff said.  Well…no….NOT enough said, actually.

As I was sitting there watching these incredible musicians, I though about my dear friend, another musician, and felt so sad that his life has taken the path that it has.  It could have been him up there on that stage last night….but as they say…”When you lie with pigs….”  He has made some not-so-wise choices.   I’ll leave it at that.

Photo A Day – SEPTEMBER

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Grab your camera and play along with a photo a day of your own.  It’s a great way to be artful every single day!

Day # 7 – A SIGN

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 Photo a Day – AUGUST

Day #7 – A Sign

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#4 FRESH, #5 EARLY, #6 This Means a Lot to ME

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Yikes!  I’ve been so busy that I’ve not had the opportunity to post my photo a day challenge shots!  Here is the one from day #4

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Photo a Day – AUGUST

Day #6 – This Means a Lot to Me

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Day #3 – SKYLINE

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Photo a Day – AUGUST

Day #3 – SKYLINE

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PHOTO A DAY – AUGUST

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My apologies to Fat Mum Slim for cutting her name off of this image.  All credit goes to her for being the leader of the Photo a Day movement.

Please grab your camera and join the fun with one picture a day that you can post in comments here, or on your own blog or on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, as you wish.  Each day has a theme….and your picture is your way to be creative for an instant every day, and to interpret the theme through your photography.  The image above is the schedule.

Please join the fun.  You’ll enjoy it, as the exercise helps stretch the imagination and get the wheels of creativity rolling every morning!

DAY #30 – FRIENDSHIP

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Photo a Day – JULY

Day #30 – FRIENDSHIP

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It’s Almost That Time of the Month….

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It's Almost That Time of the Month....

Time to grab your cameras and join in the fun. Each day signifies a new theme. Either snap a new picture or use an existing one to express yourself each day. Come on! Join in!

Day #12 – In the Middle

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Photo a Day – APRIL

Day #12 – In the Middle

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Day #11 – DETAIL

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Photo a Day – APRIL

Day #11 – DETAIL

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Day # 8 – On Your Plate

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Photo a Day – APRIL

Day #8 – On Your Plate

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Day #6 – AIR

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Photo a Day – APRIL

Day #6 – AIR

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Photo A Day – APRIL 2013

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Please join the fun with a photo a day, every day for the month of April.

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