Petals on a path
Something you won't see every night: A Zen monk plays the House of Blues
I gotta be honest, Ottmar Liebert does not offer a lot in the way of one-liners for a smart-alec music writer angling to pen quirky quips about him.
There's something funny, or ironic, or something about the fact that Liebert is a German who was born to a Chinese-German father (huh?), and Hungarian mother and grew up to be one of the new masters of Spanish Flamenco music.
But as a writer, if you start poking fun at people's cultural heritage you're cruising for an e-mailbox full of letters charging you with hate crimes.
Liebert's also been ordained as a Zen monk which is also ripe for ribbing.
Religion, though. That's another sticky wicket with a lot of potential backlash.
Let's just leave it at this: Much like Yanni, Liebert is an internationally-renowned, Grammy-acknowledged artist and performer whose fame has not crossed-over as well in the United States as it has other places.
He has recorded with everyone from "Footloose" singer Kenny Loggins to blues guitarist Roy Rogers and his debut album, Nouveau Flamenco, has not only become one of the best world music albums ever, but is the basis for an entire musical genre of the same name.
No doubt Liebert's new album, Petals on a Path is yet another, flamenco delight down the path to enlightenment.
The chances of an award-winning, quirky-cultural, flamenco-strumming monk playing Houston again anytime soon are not good.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, don't miss it.
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra, 8 tonight at House of Blues