Johannes Linstead

Biography

Johannes Linstead delivers a slice of heaven to listeners each time he performs his original compositions. In addition to his mastery of the Spanish guitar, Linstead is also an accomplished pianist and performs multiple instruments such as the bazouki, wood flute, mandolin and bass.

Linstead’s work is deeply rooted in the South American and Caribbean cultures he experienced while on traveling. His music combines classic flamenco, gypsy, salsa and Brazilian styles with infectious contemporary rhythms and hypnotic melodies. And while his compositions are innovative, the recognizable energy and mood of Spanish guitar emerges as it subtly merges with piano, horns, flute and percussion.

Sol Luna Tierra (Sun, Moon, Earth) marked his debut as a solo recording artist as well as his premiere with Real Music. The album achieved top twenty on Billboard’s New Age Chart. Kiss the Earth, another Billboard charting success, followed. Guitarra del Fuego, his third release, was awarded “Best Contemporary World Album of 2001” by New Age Voice and achieved the #6 position on Billboard’s New Age Chart. Zabuca (Shake-up), Linstead’s fourth release, is based primarily on traditional and Latin American and Cuban rhythms such as cumbia, cha cha cha and salsa. Thirteen musicians from around the world perform on the album, including Ukrainian violinist, Vasyl Popaduik, and Cuban trumpet player, Alexis Baro. Zabuca achieved Top 10 positioning on Billboard’s New Age Chart.

On the personal side, Johannes’ music is based on a strong foundation of spiritual practices that include Kundalini Yoga, Reiki Level I and II attunements and Shamanism, alongside many years of meditative practice. He is also trained in and teaches Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, speaks conversational Spanish and German, enjoys spending time in nature and writing.

 

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