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2000 spectators engrossed by the performance of Carlo Nuñez, the Galician tornado...

Of course 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.

He was 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 well-being...

Interview with Carlos NUNEZ

What 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.

What 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.

How 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.

And 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 to evolve.

Your 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.



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