REVIEWS AND YOUTUBES
"Garcia, an excellent percussionist, really pushes the group,
especially in the solo sections....his sparkling cymbal work coloring the background..."
CADENCE JAZZ MAGAZINE
"There are chops a plenty here, Christopher Garcia's clean and forceful drumming
stand out, but they never get in the way of the ensemble...."
SIGNAL TO NOISE
"His work in fusion music with CONTINUUM puts Garcia in a league with Billy Cobham."
THE GRAND MOTHERS OF INVENTION
MOTHERS OF INVENTION//ZAPPA ALUMNI
"Starting off with a drum solo/scat singing composition by Garcia, the band plunged into
a succession of Zappa tunes, with force and enthusiasm.....The massively accomplished drummer is the bands powerful engine."
"Besides his own trademark, Garcia mastered many styles from former Zappa drummers
like Aynsley Dunbar and Chester Thompson and is inspired by many drummers, hand
percussion and mallet influences. As an unexpected and very curious and innovative way
Christopher Garcia played a marvellous drum solo as introduction to ‘T’Mershi Duween.
Garcia, as humble as he is, showed an unknown, at least for me, part of his genuine musicianship.
Playing drum parts while singing Tabla based structures, synchronous
and asynchronous. This was really amazing.”.
THE BLUES ALONE.NL
"Garcia's drum-solo rendition of "Uncle Meat" caused jaws to drop"
SIGNAL TO NOISE
"A drum solo by Garcia is deployed, (the man understands the art of drumming) tight,
flawless and full of passion, he goes on in his solo and then seamlessly continues.
Very very good."
DUTCH PUBLIC BROADCASTING
"Christopher Garcia was masterful on his impressively large and complex drum set,
providing the reliable backbone for each song with steadily building beats."
"Christopher Garcia, was buried behind his massive drum kit the entire night,
providing a fantastic rhythm background, and foreground. Garcia, also had a voice
that owned such a versatility that ZAPPA would have snagged him up if they had met."
"Because Zappa played drums before he played guitar, he always got a great
drummer, you know, so we had to do that too," said Preston of Garcia, who is
known around the world for being an expert tabla player, but can also drum out
a hell of a rock and roll beat. "
"Drummer Chris Garcia studied tuned percussion and auditioned for the band
by playing the parts that it took two drummers to play on Roxy. He handles Zappa's
tricky meters with aplomb, and took Captain Beefheart's vocal turn on "Debra Kadabra."
THE DALLAS OBSERVER
MICHAEL PIERRE VLATKOVICH
"Garcia's playing is vibrant and alive with passion, humor and a good deal of technical
prowess, not to mention the breadth of vision necessary to effectively translate such an
unpredictable stream of music. "
THE WEEKLY ALIBI
"Vlatkovich's concepts start with the very aggressive Elvin Jones-muscular beat of drummer
Chris Garcia. From this foundation, the piano-less band shifts pattern and time, not in sharp
angles but sure-footed movements. They hop from blues to tangos and marches, all the time
the trombones are vocalizing, articulating, and encouraging discourse."
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"The pitch range of the cello allows Garcia to oscillate between what an acoustic bass might do in this kind of playing situation and also another "horn," so to speak. Drummer Christopher Garcia fills out the ensemble with a quite respectable free-to-pulse approach. His percussion work adds another dimension of color and texture as well."
GAPPLEGATE MUSIC REVIEWS
"drummer, Chris Garcia, must stay on his toes as he shifts between sections and changes dynamics as he plays his parts and helps to navigate while pushing the soloists to reach higher. Another winner from the fine folks at pfMentum. - "
BLG, Downtown Music Gallery
EARTHA AUSTRIA TRIO
"Behind the drums, the beefy cragster with the bushy ponytail turns out to be none
other than Christopher Garcia, who has jacked up the expressions of his Quarteto Nuevo,
Continuum, Alex Cline, Vinny Golia, ZAPPA alumni the Grand Mothers, Dottie Grossman and
your uncle the bartender. (And he credits Sab tubsman Bill Ward as an influence.)
So it’s no wonder that even though the trio’s fusionistic concept seems to emanate
mainly from the electrified stringmen, Garcia draws deferential glances from this
younger pair ."
ONSTAGE with ZAPPA ALUMNUS
@ CATALINAS JAZZ CLUB IN LOS ANGELES
ONSTAGE with CONTINUUM
ONSTAGE with CONTINUUM with special guest MICHAEL MANRING
ONSTAGE with ZAPPA ALUMNUS
playing kit and singing