spectators engrossed by the performance of Carlo Nuñez, the Galician tornado...
it wasn’t the same audience as for Matmatah, or Stivell. That was to be
expected. Carlo Nuñes, while considered a virtuoso among traditional musical
circles, has yet to conquer the European public at large. But this youngster,
slim and long, his wide forehead swept by crazy locks, is progressing
at an astonishing pace.
just thirteen when he made his first appearance on stage at the inter-celtic
festival at Lorient. Since then he has worked with the Chieftans, and
they don’t play with just anybody, and was invited by Dan Ar Braz for
the second Héritage des Celtes. So at 26, he is already well on track
for a great career. The audience in the amphitheatre last night for the
last concert in the Festival de Cornouaille were entranced by the Galician’s
light dances and velvety ballads played on flute. « I’m going to play
you something from a Chieftans album »
On stage, Carlos Nuñes exudes joie de vivre, and plays bagpipes like a
rocker plays electric guitar, flinging himself about in a devilish frenzy.
It’s impossible not to be carried along by his whirlwind enthousiasm...The
festival came to a close on a happy note, with a true sense of musical
with Carlos NUNEZ
is your relationship with Quimper and the festival ?
I came to the festival de Cornouaille for the first time in 1984, as a
visitor, and immediately fell for Saint-Jacques de Compostel. Here, you
can breathe. I promised myself that I’d come back here to play one day.
And in 1990, I did just that. Quimper represents for me the ideal of Brittany.
in particular about Quimper makes it, for you, this point of reference
There is a remarkable circle of musicians in this town. When I came here
to play with Dan Ar Braz and on-tour with the Héritage des celtes, I came
across the Bagad de Quimper. That was an incredible adventure ! This experience
made me realise that Quimper was inspired by a very open musical spirit.
And, more globally, I consider Brittany to be the Celtic country that
is doing the best job of reconstructing its tradition and its culture.
As if there is a predisposition in the region to innovate.
would you evaluate the evolution of Celtic music today ?
You can find it everywhere - in the United States, in Canada, and even
in Latin America where the rhythms are enhanced by it more and more. It
is international, and its success is growing. In Japan, for example, where
I play a lot, they are fascinated by this universe, and they want to know
it in all its detail.
Celtic Galicia - where does that come within this international scene
Galicia has a lot in common with Brittany. Traditional music is alive
everywhere - Barcelona, Madrid, Seville. And we try also to cultivate
a universal spirit to open up to the world, to learn from others, and
show is really bubbly. What are the life forces that animate your vitality
The show reflects my character. I love movement. On stage, and elsewhere.
Yesterday I was in London, and tomorrow I’ll be in Madrid. Musically,
the cement for the show is of course the music of tradition, but it is
constantly in touch with all kinds of music, and particularly with English
pop and rock. Then there are other, more personal influences, like Dan
Ar Braz who is for me the open door to an infinite variety of sounds ranging
from traditional ones to new sound creations.
Interview de Carlos NUNEZ.