"When I met Christopher 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 Christopher 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
(he has over 1200 performance in 29 countries on 5 continents).
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". "
"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
"Christopher has a way of composing evocative structures rather than specific notes
and this allows us to interpret the music in ways that are personal and immediate.
Often he'll have a suggestion for a harmonic movement, but it will be up to us whether
to implement it and when. This is very powerful because having the opportunity to change
the music as we feel it at the moment helps us grow and learn.
I admire this composing style and I'm hoping some of Chris skill will rub off!"
"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, drummer, arranger, educator
"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"
JOHN SCHNEIDER - KPFK's GLOBAL VILLAGE
"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 World Music scene."
CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WESTERBECK RECITAL HALL
PASADENA CITY COLLEGE
" That the music works as well as it does (It is remarkably uncluttered.) is due mainly to how much these musicians enjoy playing together. Christopher Garcia dedicated "With his Hat in his Hand"to his father, Don Alberto Garcia., and like much of his other music it was a piece of humility, confidence, clarity, and positive feeling--a pleasure to listen to."
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"often beyond categorization or even simple description…..open to a wide variety of idioms,
making every sound count and utilizing space quite effectively. The blend between their instruments makes it sound as if they are of one mind, yet their melodic world/folk music is open to spontaneity. In addition to eight group originals (four by Garcia), this is a set of intriguing music that grows in interest with each listen. There is much to discover."
ALL MUSIC REVIEW
"We’re most grateful to our good friend - and superb musician - Christopher García,
a Los Angeles based composer/percussionist who plays indigenous percussion instruments
in various settings - traditional, symphonic and world musics, and a keen historian,
....not only a highly talented and creative musician but a studious researcher on the indigenous music of Mexico, for creating these wonderful videos........Christopher García gives a virtuoso solo performance on pre-Hispanic musical instruments.........."
"Percussionist Chris Garcia nearly stole the show, beating on the cajon with a bare ankle, slapping cymbals with his hands, sending chipped bits of his mallets flying into the air, and even using his body as a percussion instrument."
SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE
"Christopher Garcia is one of those musicians who always seems to be on stage when amazing things are happening. In addition to teaching all over the world, he's played with a jaw-dropping who's-who of musical luminaries………."
LONG BEACH POST
"Chris Garcia is a most uncommon percussionist. He’s an ace trap drum player; known for precise execution of difficult time signatures at blazing tempos; and he’s a hand percussionist with a deep background in Indian and Latin American music. No mere timekeeper, he always seems to elevate whatever musical situation he finds himself in."
"Christopher Garcia, an artist known equally for his accomplishments as both adept player of North and South Indian instruments such as tabla and driving American drum set player) with the likes of the Frank Zappa alumni band, The Grand Mothers of Invention and the Bobby Bradford Mo’tet), the group reflects Garcia’s ongoing interest in honoring, exploring, and blending different musical cultures and their unique instruments. With Garcia always successful in his role as multicultural musical ambassador as well as sensitive and tasteful manifestor of thoroughly enjoyable musical experiences."
OPEN GATE THEATER
Garcia has been invited to perform his compositions
in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Europe, Korea
by the following ensembles
music for sitar, pipa, and percussion of India
music for electric bass, keyboards, drumset and saxophone or violin
music for acoustic guitar, fretless bass and El Monstro percussion
music for western harp and percussion of indigenous Mexico, Meso America and beyond
music for percussion instruments
music for instruments of Meso America, indigenous Mexico and beyond
music for electric fretted and fretless bass and El Monstro percussion
music for Chinese pipa, Chinese ruan, electric bass and El Monstro percussion
music for classical guitar, prepared guitar, requinto jarocho, jarna
instruments of Meso America, indigenous Mexico, India and beyond
(1999 thru 2015)
music for acoustic guitar, cello, woodwinds, and El Monstro percussion
music for French Horn, flute, alto flute, piccolo, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet,
bassoon, oboe, English Horn
and percussion of indigenous Mexico, Meso America and beyond
music for acoustic or electric guitar, electric bass and El Monstro percussion