MUSIC FOR INDIGENOUS INSTRUMENTS
OF MEXICO AND WOODWIND QUINTET
In 2011 Christopher premiered several compositions
for indigenous percussion and wind instruments
and woodwind quintet with QUINTETO LATINO.
This marks the first time that music featuring indigenous instruments
has been composed by and for an indigenous instrumentalist, composer, improviser and woodwind quintet. In the past, composers would utilize an indigenous instrument
for an orchestral percussionist to play, who had never played the instrument before.
The musician not realizing that the musicians who play their indigenous instruments also
have a lifetime of developing a sound on them as well a way of playing them as do their
The indigenous instruments do not respond the same way that western instruments do
and many of the musical practices are actually inverted...........
The quintet was called upon to play
and set up and perform in a non conventional way
Performances were held throughout California in 2012 and 2013
Latin American Chamber Music Festival
Old First Church
San Francisco, CA USA
The Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA
La Peña Cultural Center
Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA)
San Jose, CA
Oakland School for the Arts
"Percussionist Chris Garcia nearly stole the show with his musical antics, 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 slapping his own cheeks as a percussion instrument."
SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE
"Christopher Garcia, plays indigenous instruments such as turtle shells and clay flutes
in the production of LA VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE, DIOS INANTZIN........The East L.A. native
travels the world with different ensembles but clears his calendar each December to take
part in the cathedral's annual presentation."
LOS ANGELES TIMES
"We’re most grateful to our good friend - and superb musician - Christopher García, a Los Angeles based percussionist who plays MEXICA percussion instruments in various settings e.g., 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. Christopher García gives a virtuoso solo performance on pre-Hispanic musical instruments…........
"Quinteto Latino’s collaboration was a very special event for us. From playing
conch shells in the opening ceremony, to performing surrounded by the sounds of ancient
percussion, our collaboration was amazing......and the music that resulted from our collaboration was very moving. We were all surprised by the audience’s immediate, visceral reaction. This music really touched people. The whole experience was fantastic and we look forward to further collaborations!"