CHICK COREA CHILDREN'S SONG #6
MUSIC BEYOND BORDERS/GARCIA GODINEZ DUOhttp://musicbeyondborders.weebly.com/
CHRISTOPHER GARCIA TASHA SMITH GODINEZ
breath and percussion instruments pedal harp,
of indigenous Mexico Mesoamerica lever harp, violin
North and South India, ringing metals extended techniques
performing compositions by
Chick Corea, Christopher Garcia*, Egberto Gismonti, Jose Gurria*,
Andres Martin*, John McLaughlin, and traditional music of India and Mexico
LOS ANGELES, CA
The groundbreaking music duo, Garcia and Godinez continue to create and cultivate a unique body of work, with a new standard of artistry, virtuosity, and expression, with instruments from two very different worlds, pedal harp, lever harp, and violin sharing the stage with the breath and percussion instruments of indigenous Mexico/Mesoamerica, and India, and ringing metals
Their premiere January 2016, at the Alcázar del Castillo de Chapultepec in Mexico City
The repertoire is comprised of original compositions for the duo by some of their favorite living composers utilizing vernaculars from several different musical cultures they have learned, performed and cultivated since 1979 along with re-workings of traditional music of Mexico and India in combination with the dazzling, restlessly unabashed virtuosity of Godinez.
With performances in 28 countries on 5 continents combined, the duo continues to grow, and astound by leaps and bounds.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA
"When I met Christopher García a couple of years ago 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
MEXICO CITY, MX
"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.”
JOSE GURRIA - GURISONIC ORCHESTRA composer
SAN DIEGO CA USA
"The performance of the duo was captivating in its sonic variety,the combination is so unique.
The audience was both amazed and delighted with the variety of sounds that they heard. Bravo to the virtuosity of Tasha Smith Godinez and the sensitive percussion playing of maestro Christopher Garcia. It was a great evening.
BERTRAM TURETZKY, Maestro of the contra bass
LOS ANGELES, USA
"This wonderfully restless, virtuosic harp solo, performed by Tasha Smith Godínez, is unlike anything else in the solo harp repertoire. The composer writes: This is a piece of unabashed virtuosity. Its complex temporal structure and intricate counterpoint vie for the listener s attention ... With a sound reminiscent of wind chimes ... individual notes diverging and merging to form a delicate fabric of sound."
"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."
DEUTSCHE WELLE, GERMANYS INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTER
LOS ANGELES, CA USA
"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 he is a unique voice in the tradition of composer/performer/improviser with instruments not generally associated with the instruments of the western "classical world". "
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