Who is Carlos Nunez?
Carlos is the world’s most famous player of the gaita, the bagpipes of Galicia that date back to the 11th century. A musician whose range extends far beyond the gaita, he is recognized as a phenomenal and innovative piper and wind instrument star.
As Galicia’s foremost traditional music ambassador, Carlos is sought after to perform on the World/Celtic music scene. In 1996, he was named an honorary member of the Irish Chieftains. He performed with them at Carnegie Hall and collaborated with the other band members to shape the Spanish musical tenor of the Chieftains album, Santiago, which went on to win a Grammy Award.
More recently, Carlos himself has been twice nominated for a Latin Grammy and has racked up several of his own Platinum and Gold albums and DVDs. Charismatic on and off stage, Carlos plays Celtic music with dazzling Latin passion. Whether on his gaita; the Irish, Scottish or Breton pipes; or the recorder or flute, he is nothing short of amazing – truly in a category by himself.
A Celtic Musical Brotherhood
In 1979, at the age of eight, Carlos first picked up the gaita. At age 12 his proficiency on the pipes won Carlos an invitation to perform with the world famous “Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient Orchestra” in Brittany where performers from seven Celtic countries put their traditional music together to form ‘one nation’ beyond languages and frontiers – a concept of Celtic brotherhood. This unique experience caught the imagination of young Carlos. He has since gone on to perform with Celtic bands across Europe and the Americas being keen to link all Celtic music traditions as extensions of a Celtic brotherhood. “Building strong, durable bridges between distinct yet kindred Celtic traditions with passion and care, he remains a global force to be reckoned with in all of music today.” – Earle Hitchner, music writer, The Wall Street Journal.