Carlos Núñez Muñoz

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Carlos Núñez performing in Lorient, Brittany

Carlos Núñez Muñoz (born 1971) is a Galician musician and multi-instrumentalist who plays the gaita, the traditional Galician bagpipe, Galician flute, ocarina, Irish flute,[1] whistle[2] and low whistle.

Life and career

Nuñez was born in 1971 in Vigo, Galicia, Spain. He began playing the bagpipes when he was eight years old. In his early teens, he was invited to play with the Festival Orchestra of the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany. He studied the recorder at the Royal Conservatory in Madrid, Spain and quickly gained stature as a young virtuoso. He met Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains and performed with the band two years later, becoming referred to as the "7th member" of the band. He appeared on their Grammy-winning Santiago, which focused on Galician music and included other artists such as Los Lobos and Linda Ronstadt.

He has collaborated with Ry Cooder, Sharon Shannon, Sinéad O'Connor, The Chieftains, Altan and La Vieja Trova Santiaguera. He collaborated with Liam O'Flynn on The Piper's Call to perform Muiñeira de Poio / Muiñeira de Ourense. His most renowned album was 1996's A Irmandade Das Estrelas, which sold an unprecedented 100,000 copies, and included collaborations with Nightnoise, Luz Casal, Tino di Geraldo, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill and Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Kepa Junkera, Ry Cooder, The Chieftains, and Dulce Pontes.

He was a key collaborator in Tamiya Terashima's soundtrack from the film Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki), released in July 2006. He also released an additional album, titled Melodies from Gedo Senki, which included new Gedo Senki OST tracks along with new tunes by Carlos himself.[3][4]

On his 1999 album Os Amores Libres, he collaborated with French producer Hector Zazou.

He continues to tour the world playing in large and small venues. He played his first major North American tour in October 2012, accompanied by his brother Xurxo Núñez on percussion, regular collaborator Pancho Álvarez on guitar, fiddle player Katie McNally (in the United States), and fiddle-player Sahra Featherstone and singer Eleanor McCain (in Canada). He was hailed as the "Hendrix of the bagpipes".[5]

In 2010 he collaborated with the French Puy du Fou theme park in the creation of their show "The Secret of the Lance." In January 2013 he embarked on a seven date tour of the UK with fellow pipe-player Philip Pickett and early music ensemble The Musicians of the Globe.[6]


  • Brotherhood of Stars - 1996
  • Os Amores Libres - 1999
  • Maio Longo - 2000
  • Todos Os Mundos - 2002
  • Un Galicien en Bretagne (a.k.a. Finisterre: the End of the Earth) - 2003
  • Cinema Do Mar - 2005
  • En Concert - 2006 CD & DVD
  • Melodies from Gedo Senki (Tales From Earthsea) - 2007
  • Alborada do Brasil - 2009
  • Discover - 2012
  • "Inter-Celtic" - 2014


  1. FolkWorld, FolkWorld Article: Interview with Carlos Núñez, May 1997
  2. Denselow, Robin. Carlos Núñez, Philip Pickett and Musicians of the Globe – review, 3 February 2013
  3. Ghibliworld, MEMORIES FROM GEDO SENKI WITH CARLOS NUNEZ, 19 December 2006
  4. Ghibli Studio, カルロス・ヌニェスのニューアルバムの発売決定!, 11 December 2006
  5. "Carlos Nunez,"Hendrix of the bagpipes," now on first U.S. tour author=Mary Houlihan". Chicago Sun-Times. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  6. "CARLOS NÚÑEZ UK DATES JANUARY‐FEBRUARY 2013". Carlos Nuñez. 2012-12-10. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 

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