Garcia Godinez Duo Harp and Percussion
Saturday, October 15th, 5pm
Grossmont College Music Department presents,
GARCIA GODINEZ DUO
Ancient and Modern Fusion Christopher Garcia, Percussion of Mezo America and India
Tasha Smith Godinez, Western Harp
Grossmont College Recital Hall Building 26, Room 221
8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA
Admission: $10 general, $8 seniors, $5 students
The ground breaking Garcia/Godinez duo, will be premiering new compositions for pedal harp, lever harp, violin and indigenous breath and percussion instruments of Mexico/Mesoamerica and India.
"While he has devoted much of his life to learning indigenous music Garcia also revels in playing the new and unexpected…..Garcia's musical vocabulary not only spans centuries and cultures it's also spontaneous."
GERMANYS INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTER
"When I met Chris García a couple of years ago, as he rehearsed and played one of his pieces for ancestral Mexican percussion instruments and wind quintet, I rediscovered something I had somehow lost track of throughout the years:
a musician rooted in the rituals of magical performance.
Beyond the external aspects of power, virtuosity or any other relative term of comparison, there was something unique coming across, akin to a religious experience, through his beats and rhythms.
I think Chris is definitely on the path of connecting the objects he strikes or shakes with the deeper currents of the soul. That's what I felt when he played; he's not only resuscitating old instruments, he's on a different search."
composer PAUL DESENNE
"Garcia's compositions reflect a lifelong pursuit to put himself in the most creative musical situations possible with percussion and breath instruments he has learned along with performance practices, musical vernaculars, sounds and music which he has been immersed in since 1979 to the present. Gleaned thru rehearsals, performances, compositions and research, and sitting across from learning and/or playing alongside great musicians from various musical cultures
His music resonates organically, and never seems contrived or slapped together as he draws from the rich color of sounds at his disposal, and where and how he chooses to place the silences within and around his compositions and performances. His music has a rhythmic complexity that propels and co exists with memorable melodies that tie the pieces together - combining and extending traditions his is a unique voice in the tradition of composer/performer/improviser with instruments not generally associated with the instruments of the western "classical world". "
"We were fortunate to have the Garcia Godinez Duo perform at Westerbeck Recital Hall at Pasadena City College Center for the Arts. This duo features the pedal harp performed by Tasha Smith Godinez and Christopher Garcia playing a variety of indigenous percussion instruments from Mexico. Christopher Garcias's original compositions featuring these unusual instruments were performed brilliantly. This combining of Western pedal harp with indigenous Mexican instruments is a new and creative approach in the Neo Classical/World Music scene."
CENTER FOR THE ARTS
PASADENA CITY COLLEGE
"The interaction between the members of the Garcia Godinez Duo, comprised by harpist Tasha Smith-Godinez and renaissance man and multi-percussionist Chris Garcia, is full of flare, poise and bravura; it defies the listener at every moment as the duo provides dynamic and bold concoctions, instead of the expected polite and amicable conversations.
As an ensemble, this duo offers infinite possibilities as its members are exuberant and facile even in the most treacherous of passages. I cannot wait to compose music for them"
COMPOSER JOSE GURRIA GURISONIC ORCHESTRA A
"Christopher Garcia is a rare combination of performing musician, composer and music history scholar. A virtuosic percussionist, he is a skilled performer in countless genres, historic and current. Chris' extensive knowledge of indigenous Mexican music shines through in his own compositions, summoning ancient voices that speak to our souls."
featured FLUTE SOLOIST
with various chamber groups, symphonic orchestras
and new music ensembles
" it's not even music it's an EXPERIENCE, sometimes you don't
even hear it, you just feel it. This is magical stuff"
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Grossmont College Music Department
8800 Grossmont College Dr, Bldg 26, El Cajon, 92020, CA, United States