19 January GLASGOW (with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra) TICKETS
29 January CHIPPING NORTON (with Philip Pickett and the Musicians of the Globe) TICKETS
30 January MANCHESTER (with Philip Pickett and the Musicians of the Globe) TICKETS
31 January BIRMINGHAM (with Philip Pickett and the Musicians of the Globe) TICKETS
1 February LONDON (with Philip Pickett and the Musicians of the Globe) TICKETS
3 February GLASGOW (with Philip Pickett and the Musicians of the Globe) TICKETS
6 February BASINGSTOKE (with Philip Pickett and the Musicians of the Globe) TICKETS
Carlos Núñez has performed many times at Celtic Connections and wanted to offer a special concert in the festival’s 20th anniversary, a symphonic concert, which he has never done before in the UK, accompanied by one of the country’s leading orchestras: The Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Besides playing traditional music on bagpipes and whistles, Carlos Núñez is classically trained on the recorder.
Nunez has also participated in many orchestral movie soundtracks, either on his own (e.g. Oscar
winner ‘The Sea Inside’, featuring Javier Bardem), or with The Chieftains (e.g. ‘Treasure Island’, feat. Charlton Heston and Oliver Reed), or with his friend Ryuichi Sakamoto (e.g. ‘Silk’, feat. Michael Pitt and Keira Knightley).
Carlos Núñez has often performed orchestral programmes in Europe, mixing Classical, Soundtrack and Celtic music, with the likes of Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orquesta Nacional de Andorra, National Concert Hall Orchestra (Dublin), Philharmonie Südwestfalen, The Prague Concert Philharmonic, Oviedo Filarmonía, Orchestra della Magna Grecia, etc.
Nunez has collaborated with ‘classical music’ luminaries such as legendary soprano Montserrat Caballé, recorder virtuoso Michala Petri, or viola da gamba star Jordi Savall, with whom he has recorded and also played live, together with harpist Andrew Lawrence King and percussionist Pedro Esteban.
It is in that context that Carlos’s tour with Philip Pickett and early music ensemble The Musicians of the Globe will happen.
Núñez and Pickett have compiled a concert packed with traditional jigs, reels, rants, hornpipes and haunting ballad tunes as they might have been blown, strummed and scraped in the streets, stews, taverns, theatres and ballrooms of London town more than three hundred years ago.
They will also include tunes from that period related to the Battle of Vigo, that gathered a huge fleet of Galions in Vigo’s bay after the gold coming from South America ‐ British victory is celebrated by Vigo Street, near Trafalgar Square, and some remaining ‘Vigos’, the coins made with that gold.
It was also in Vigo, as a teenager, Carlos met Philip when he came there with the New London Consort to perform the ‘7 Cantigas’ by Vigo’s 13th century trobaudour Martin Codax. Núñez has recently signed with J.M. Wisnik a soundrack based on those Galician‐Portuguese Medieval love songs, revisited by Milton Nascimento or Chico Buarque, for Brazilian contemporary dance company Grupo Corpo.
In all the UK tour dates Carlos will be accompanied by his long time musical partners, his brother Xurxo Núñez on percussion and Pancho Álvarez on viola caipira (a Brazilian instrument of Northern Portuguese origin, folk survival of an early music instrument, with which he has substituted the ubiquituous bouzouki).