GARCIA/GODINEZ DUO @ GROSSMONT COLLEGE
Christopher Garcia/Tasha Smith Godinez Duo
The groundbreaking music duo, Christopher Garcia and Tasha Smith 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
Their premiere at the Alcázar del Castillo de Chapultepec in Mexico City
in January of 2016 continues to garner popular and critical acclaim and win over
audiences as they continue to be invited to perform in concert halls,
performing art centers, universities and the world stage.
The repertoire is comprised of original compositions for the duo by performer/composer
Garcia, utilizing vernaculars from several different musical cultures he has 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 29 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, as he rehearsed and played
one of his pieces for ancestral Mexican percussion instruments ….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.
I cannot wait to compose music for them"
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. When one thinks
of the harp in a duo setting you usually see a flute, but, here you see/hear an arresting family of percussion instruments.
Did it work?
Oh yes it did.
The audience was both amazed and delighted with the variety of sounds that they heard.
Bravo to the virtuosity ofTasha Smith Godinez and the sensitive percussion playing of maestro
Christopher Garcia. It was a great evening.
Come back soon. Keep on keeping on."
Maestro of the contra bass
PASADENA CA USA
"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'soriginal compositions featuring these unusual instruments
were perormed brilliantly. This combining of Western pedal harp with indigenous Mexican instruments
is a new and creative approach in the World Music/Classical scene."
WESTERBECK RECITAL HALL CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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 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". "
Presenter / Producer: Grossmont College
Music > International
Music > Chamber Music
Music > Contemporary Classical / New Music
Event Phone: 619-644-7254
Grossmont College Recital Hall Building 26,
8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon CA 92020
Performance Dates: 10/15/2016
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