Christopher A. Garcia -
drumset, tabla, hand percussion, marimba, miscellaneous percussion, electronics
Chris was born, raised, and still resides in East L.A. (Never to be confused with West L.A.). His background includes performances in a wide variety of musical settings including; Jazz, Rock, World Music, traditional Mexican music, pre-Hispanic music, percussion ensemble, soundtracks, and cartoon music.He attributes his musical growth to his studies with Professor John Bergamo, Pandit Tarnath Rao, Swapan Chadhouri and Leonice Shinemann where he studied tabla, while attending California Institute of the Arts on a full scholarship. Chris was also a member of the award winning Cal Arts Percussion Ensemble in 1979.
He attributes his "style"(?) to Listening to EVERYTHING, logging in thousands of hours, practicing, rehearsing,performing and touring constantly with musicians interested in stretching and reinventing themselves throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia.Chris' drumming is unusual in that it incorporates not only the standard rhythms and their permutations, but also a fluency with odd time signatures and sonic textures, which he seamlessly incorporates into his playing.
His fascination for New Music and Sound as well as the advent of MIDI technology allow him the possibility of combining textures that have never before been available for the percussionist in live performance. Playing tabla next to state of the art MIDI instruments and being able to blend them musically is a challenge he continually explores.
He continues to be the drummer/percussionist of several critically acclaimed ensembles including:
ANCIENT GROOVES - transcending cultures, time and space
- Martin Espino - breath, string and percussion instruments of the Americas
- Houman Pourmedhi - breath, string and percussion instruments of Persia
- Malik Sow - breath, and percussion instruments of Africa
- John Zeretzke - breath, string and percussion instruments of Europe, the Americas, and Asia
- A world music ensemble featuring drums, drumming, wind and string instruments from around the world played by master musicians who invited me along for the ride. We perform traditional and new music on ancient instruments based of years of research and performances.
CONTINUUM - fusion(?) for the 21st Century.
A musical cooperative since 1987 The group was originally put together to have our music played correctly i.e., we actually rehearse. We get to read thru, take apart, and change the music accordingly. Everyone is allowed to bring in whatever they want and the composer has final say on how it is interpreted and what we do with it. We go thru a lot of music, chipping away at the marble to come up with something that is definitely CONTINUUM. Although gigs have always been few and far between having this "workshop" to bring in ideas and hear them played by human beings on a consistent basis is always stimulating.
- My musical partners are:
- Craig Ochikubo - piano, synthesizers,
- Damon Zick - soprano and tenor saxophone
- and Alfred Garcia - fretted and fretless basses
- Previous incarnations have included:bassists - Steve Billman, Alfred Garcia, guitarists - Alfred Garcia,
- saxophonists - Andy Suzuki, David Borgo, Paul Carman, all great musicians and good friends
- THE deMANIA TRIO
- Alex DeGrassi - acoustic guitars
- Michael Manring - electric fretless basses
- CG -tabla, kanjira, cymbals, hand percussion
A trio that was put together by Alex De Grassi and Michael Manring. I had the fortunate experience to perform 1 concert with Michael Manring and he recommended me to Alex De Grassi. We are playing original music and original versions of folk and folkloric music and anything else we can with a decidedly new twist.
- I have the best seat in the house sitting between these two guys and taking it all in trying to keep up.
- The new CD entitled the DEMANIA TRIO is out as of 11/21/06
- check it out
- THE GRANDE MOTHERS RE-INVENTED
- - featuring original and former members of the Mothers Of Invention including
- Napoleon Murphy Brock,
- Roy Estrada,
- and Don Preston
- Miroslav Tadic on outrageous guitar parts, solos and what nots
- and myself on drumset, marimba, percussion
- I have been with the group since August 2002, we have done many tours across Europe, see below for a partial listing
- Performing the music of Frank Zappa with original and former members of the Mothers Of Invention,
- music they helped create with the maestro between 1962 and 1983.
- Roy Estrada is THE CAT for 3 of the most extraordinary groups to ever appear on ANY coast,
- left or right
- He supplied the bottom for FZ, Little Feat and Captain Beefheart,
- and is one of the ORIGINAL MOTHERS OF INVENTION.
- He covers the low end with his bass and the high end pachuco falsetto with his voice.
- He is one hell of a sweet guy and an extraordinary musician who is ALWAYS concerned about the music and the groove
- if you havent checked him out, what are you waiting for??
- FZ utilized Roys talents up until 1983.
- Don Preston, is not an original member of the Mothers of Invention,
- but an ORIGINAL player/composer nonetheless.
- (Don joined FZ after the 1st record, and was asked back by FZ several times throughout his career),
- Don is always, full of surprises, I think he even surprises himself sometimes.
- He continues to pull off amazing MOOG solos combined with his acerbic wit and Donnyisms.
- Something only Preston can do.
- A true original by any standards,the only vegetarian I know who refuses to eat anything green(!)
- Napoleon Murphy Brock, musician, frontman, showman
- "Every show is your first and last" and that is how he approaches it.
- Whether we perform for 500 folks or 5,000 in nightclubs, concert halls or festivals.
- One of my favorite Brockisms is when he explained to an audience that he and Roy had been in a time machine,
- and that people are now ready for the music that FZ wrote 30 years ago,
- and that's why he and Roy have been waiting to hit the road again,
- waiting for the world to catch up
- and they are back playing the music with a vengeance(!)
- Miroslav Tadic - electric guitar
- I have known Miro, since 1978, we attended CAL ARTS at the same time, although,
- i have to admit we rarely if ever spoke to eachother,
- both being entrenched in overwhelming music by overwhelming musicians.
- (Original guitarist Ken Rosser was given a great opportunity to teach full time at M.I.. in Hollywood, CA
- and had to curtail his travels somewhat.)
- Who do you get to learn a bunch of ZAPPA tunes,
- 1) that can,
- 2) that wants to,
- 3) that would love to play with some of the original cats who put it down
- that were there when it went down
- luckily for us, Miroslav was up for the challenge and jumped right in
- He is a great musician, who happens to play the guitar,
- i.e., he doesnt let it get in the way of the music,
- he uses his considerable skills to not only solo,
- but play some pretty ridiculous parts
- and transcend his instrument,
- the cat makes his own guitars, pedals and amplifiers!!!!!
- Tesla would be proud....................
- and as for me,....................
- i had the great fortune to attend CAL ARTS while John Bergamo was there,
- who rehearsed, recorded, and performed with FZ on the Black Page Part 1
- Orchestral Favorites, and a slew of other recordings that are now coming out
- i was exposed to percussion ensemble music thru Bergamo
- e.g., Cage, Harrison, Varese, Zappa etc., to name a few
- Ruth Underwood also came by to give master classes (1979)
- i remember sight reading Ganassi while she looked over our collective shoulders
- she gave each of us a copy of the BACH cello suites and handwrote our names on each copy
- it sits on my shelf as i type this
- i was asked to go to her home and pick them up from her
- i also got an opportunity to meet her husband, Ian Underwood, at their home
- they probably don't remember, but i recall every detail
- i went to CAL ARTS specifically to study tabla and had no idea at the time that i would be involved in this music
- we were given an opportunity to rehearse,
- and bring that music to life with various CAL ARTS monster percssuionists under John Bergamo,
- Arthur Jarvinen,
- MB Gordy,
- Bob Fernandez,
- Donna deStafano,
- Leonice Shinemann, etc.
- we won the percussion ensemble competition back in 1979
- performing among other pieces, THE BLACK PAGE PART 1 in 1979
- THESE GUYS ROCK,
- individually and collectively Napoleon, Roy and Don played and made the music with FZ,
- day in, day out
- week in, week out,
- month in, month out,
- year in, year out
- and contributed mightily to it's existence
- they literally have thousands of hours and decades doing it under ttheir collective belts
- PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE :
- that can NEVER be bought,
- that can NEVER be replaced,
- that can NEVER be paid for
- and/or taken away from these guys ............... by anyone
- they are ALL truly "ORIGINALS"
- FZ thought so,
- and worked with them in various incarnations
- in and out of the studio and on the road and on film
- if he didn't think so he wouldn't continue to work with them
- if you were'nt there you don't know
- if you don't know you can't say
- if you can't say?????????
- "Nuff said
- some folks think that music is relegated to only the notes on a page
- if that is true,
- then every string quartet,
- every chamber group,
- every symphonic orchestra would sound exactly the same
- they don't
- other people will continue to play this music
- but the GMS will continue to MAKE this music
- no one does this music like these guys
- no one
- "If you've got ears you've gotta listen"
- Don Van Vliet
- check them out while you can ..........
- "i know you'll be surprised"
MARTIN ESPINO and MEXIKA
- I was invited to perform with one of the pre-eminent pre-hispanic musicians living in North America, Martin Espino. Martin has basically led a one man research project into pre-hispanic instruments and instrument making since 1978. He is not only one of the most well read scholars on the subject but he is a "hands on" musician, who also happens to have a degree in classical guitar.
- He has done hundreds of concerts bringing these instruments and their practices into schools from kindergarten to major universities across America. He has been a joy to learn from and perform with and I am learning a lot.
- Employing techniques and sounds which I have never had access to before. Pre-Hispanic music,i.e., music before Spain came to "civilize" the new world, new and ancient music played on ancient instruments, including water drums, turtle shells, Hue Huetl, Teponaztil and instruments made from gourd and clay. Back to my roots.
- Check out his website at www.martinespino.com
- QUARTETO NUEVO - a world music improvising chamber ensemble, including strings, breath and world percussion.
- I wrote very specific music I wanted to hear with this instrumentation and had to find folks willing to rehearse/perform it on a consistent basis.We are constantly working on new music, original compositions, as well as compositions by some of my favorite composers written specifically for us:Nick Ariondo, Harry Scorzo, Michael Vlatkovich
- New World Music for a new world order with a new line-up:
- CG -tabla, kanjira, electronic percussion, PAISTE cymbals etc.,
- Christopher Smith - steel and nylon string guitars, sitar, acoustic bass
- Jacob Szekely - c4 and 5 string cello
- Damon Zick - multiple woodwinds
- our frequents guests include
- Martin Espino - pre-hispanic winds
- Craig Ochikubo - piano, synthesizers
- Harry Scorzo - violin(s)
- THE MICHAEL VLATKOVICH ENSEMBLES - Avant trombonist, composer extraordinaire
- One of the most brilliant composer/improvisers on the planet that I have been able to make music with consistently since 1991 in various guises from duo to augmented big band across America and Canada. Michael continues to surprise, amuse and use me. (?)Only God and Michael know why, and I am grateful to both for choosing to do so.
and duets with various instrumentalists including:
Composer/Drummer/Percussionist Alex Cline. Alex Cline and I have been playing duos with various set ups the last few years. Sometimes we both play drumset and miscellaneous percussion,. sometimes one drumset and hand percussion, sometimes whatever we feel like playing. Alex is a wonderful musician. Intuitive, forgiving and ALWAYS listening. He is a joy to listen to. Sometimes I forget to play and sit there and just listen. One of our better moments was a prolonged silence and then, like magic, we came in at the same time and played ONE NOTE, without watching eachother. Just listening to the silence pass us by. It was beyond belief, and I am grateful for having his SPIRIT in my life. For additional information on Alex, click here: Alex Cline .
guitarist extraordinaire Nels Cline He originally asked me to play hand percussion with him in a benefit for Petra Haden. We performed Keith Jarrett's Survivors Suite, for baritone guitar, tabla and miscellaneous hand percussion. The Haden family was present and it was quite an honor to have them sitting there. Since then we have performed the piece several times. Even though Nels has to be one of the busiest guys on the planet he still calls once in a while and we sit and make Music and will continue to do so at the drop of a hat. For more information on Nels, click here: Nels Cline .
and multi woodwinds master Vinny Golia.:Vinny is another one of those guys. Brilliantly, consistently amazing. The only horn player I know that can play one to one million notes at every conceiveable dynamic and make it swing like a Mother. Our duos have become less frequent but anytime he calls I am there. For more information on Vinny, click here: Vinny Golia .
- HARRY SCORZO'S VIO-FONIK
- The Maestro. Harry Scorzo is a rare gem of a musician. He can sight read some of the most difficult music and it sounds as if he has been playing it all of his life, he can also improvise in harmonically simple to harmonically ridiculous settings, i.e., bebop, etc.,and he also has a huge body of original material.
- He has had his group since 1996, with Alan Mautner on Cello and Robin Cecil on violin,
- and recently invited me to be a guest in his ensemble.
- We just recorded a CDs worth of material which should be out by October 2006
- CHECK THIS MAN OUT AND BE AMAZED.
- Check out his website at www.viofonik.com
- and HARRY SCORZO'S JAZZ QUARTET
- Harry recently put together a "traditional" jazz quartet to hear his music in this context
- Eddie Resto - acoustic bass
- Joey Rotunde - acoustic piano
- CG - drumset and percussion
I am truly blessed to play with people who are constantly challenging themselves and invite me along for the ride. Feel free to write me at anytime and I will do my best to write you in a timely manner.
THANKS FOR COMING TO CHECK THIS OUT
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REVIEWS with CONTINUUM
- "Garcia, an excellent percussionist, really pushes the group, especially in the solo sections....his sparkling cymbal work coloring the background..."
- Cadence Jazz Magazine
- "Where old school fusion drowned in self-indulgent displays of technical mastery, the four members of the Los Angeles based CONTINUUM play it cool. There are chops aplenty here(Christopher Garcia's clean and forceful drumming stand out, but they never get in the way of the ensemble...."
- Signal to Noise
REVIEWS with deMania
- "But percussionist Garcia just kicked my ears down Broadway. He sat cross-legged, almost hidden behind his unique drum kit, coaxing complex rhythms from hand drums and his cheeks and adding subtle colors on shakers, cymbals, cowbell and jam blocks. During his "Curanderos y Brujos,'' Garcia's mbwata, a Nigerian clay drum broke apart. Talk about an explosive solo."
- SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
- "Here's a supergroup trio for you. Alex de Grassi, helped create the contemporary genre of acoustic fingerstyle guitar; Michael Manring is an unparalleled technical virtuoso on bass; and percussionist Christopher Garcia has worked in a wide variety of world-music settings. On Demania, the trio delivers masterful, confident improvisations that float in an environment as energetic as it is luxurious and spacious."
- ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE
- "within a trio format, they merge their non-traditional instrumentation with an unrivaled degree of technical prowess and a diverse fusion of genres ranging from traditional folk, classical, jazz, and world music to produce a unique repertoire and sound all their own consisting of sensitive sonic textures, complex harmonic structures, lyrical melodies, intricate rhythmic figures, and odd meter grooves."
- INSTITUTE OF BASS
- "Extreme musical diversity underscores the improvised, unexpected arrangements of de Mania...Their influences range from ethnic
- folk to traditional jazz and classical."
- THE DENVER POST
- "Like Fleck and Corea, you'll find a lot of doubling on rhythmically complex melodies and plenty of solos for each. For anyone interested in World music styles this is a great recording that is very well written and played."
- FINGERSTYLE GUITAR MAGAZINE
REVIEWS with THE GRAND MOTHERS - EX FZ ALUMNI
- "Garcia's drum-solo rendition of "Uncle Meat" caused jaws to drop"
- SIGNAL TO NOISE
REVIEWS with QUARTETO NUEVO
- "Improvisers who like tight structures where you can hear everything. Musicians who bring the work of jazz composers (Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, Paul Carman) into their own concept, or start from scratch. Active in the region for a few years now, Quarteto Nuevo are actually a quintet featuring Alfredo Garcia, Christopher Garcia, Randy Gloss, Alan Lechusza and Ken Rosser, their debut recording is neatly titled El Musico. And their drums, winds and strings, assembled from around the world, produce sounds at once disciplined and relaxed, challenging yet easy to absorb."
- QUARTETO NUEVO WAS LA WEEKLY'S JAZZ PICK OF THE WEEK
- "This is an intriguing set. Although there have been many types of "fusions" of jazz with other types of music, only a relatively few projects have mixed jazz with World Music from foreigh countries. Quarteto Nuevo's music goes through quite a few different moods yet remains gentle, subtle, melodic and often rhythmically complex Lechusza's reeds are in the lead much of the time but the interplay between the members of the rhythm section are well worth listening to closely."
- LA JAZZ SCENE - SCOTT YANOW, DOWNBEAT/JAZZTIMES CONTRIBUTING WRITER
- "One of the larger quartetos (six members) out there now Quarteto Nuevo comes from a rhythmic sensibility as might be expected from a drummer-led band. But it is not your usual hit-you-over-the-head snares and tom-toms. For this band Christopher Garcia has discarded much of the ordinary drum kit (no snares, tom-toms, or bass drums) in favor of tabla, a family of lightly struck cymbals, and a variety of oriental instruments.
- Much of the time Garcia and Randy Gloss carry on a dialogue, although they occasionally play against each other or individually drop out to allow the remaining percussionist a clear field. The band often plays in odd meter grooves well served by the two percussionists. The other players have also rethought their instruments, resulting in a unique but natural band sound. 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. 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 REVIEW
REVIEWS with 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. And the fact that the trio seem perfectly at home with unpredictably and the endless world of musical possibilities it presents makes them perhaps"
- 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."
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the following are folks I have performed with under their name:
- Ahn Trio, Ancient Grooves, John Bergamo,
- Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Kristan Jarvi,
- performing orchestral versions of Frank Zappa's music,
- Alex Cline Ensemble, Alex Cline Duo, Nels Cline Duo,
- Cal Arts Percussion Ensemble, Continuum,
- the deMania Trio with Alex de Grassi and Michael Manring,
- Martin Espino, Lukas Foss,Vinny Golia, Alex de Grassi,
- The Grande Mothers Re:Invented
- Napoleon Murphy Brock, Roy Estrada, Don Preston,
- Arthur Jarvinen, Johnson County Landmark Ensemble, Alan Lechusza,
- Steuart Liebig, Michael Manring, Roberto Miguel Miranda, Patrick Moraz,
The Moscow Symphony,The Northern Lights Ensemble, Bill Plake Trio, Quarteto Nuevo,
Ali Jihad Racy, William Roper, Salaam Ensemble, Harry Scorzo's Vio-Fonik, , G.E. Stinson,
- UCLA World Jazz Ensemble, Luis Villegas, Michael Pierre Vlatkovich, Mark Weber,
- World Percussion Quartet featuring:
Gustavo Aguilar - percussion from the Americas,
- Park Je Chun- percussion from Korea,
- Mochizuki Takinojo- percussion from Japan
- John Zeretzke
the following are folks I have performed with where we were both sidemen for live performances and/or recording projects:
- Abhiman, Airto, Nick Ariondo, John Bilezikjian, Michael Bisio,
- Rob Blakeslee, Spencer Brewer, Bobby Bradford, Jimmy Branley,
- Bob Fernandez, Ramon Flores, Bruce Fowler, Steve Fowler, Craig Fundyga,
- Randy Gloss, Vinny Golia, Jonathan Golove, Joel Hamilton, Michael Jacobsen,
- Eric Jorgensen, Souhail Kaspar, John Klemmer, Daniel Lozano, Michael Manring,
- Paul McCandless, George McMullen, Mashid Mirzadeh, David Mott, Todd Philips,
- Bill Plake, Bill Roper, Ken Rosser, Joe Rotondy, Malik Sow, Harry Scorzo, Aaron Serfaty,
- Eric Sevilla, Paul Smoker, Ramon Stagnaro, Andy Suzuki, Anders Swanson,
- Dean Taba, Miroslav Tadic, Arturo Velasco, Tom Walsh, John Zeretzky
- THE AHN TRIO
- CERRITOS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, CA - OCT/2004
- JOHN ANSON FORD THEATRE - Los Angeles, CA JUNE/2007
- ANCIENT GROOVES
- Martin' Espino - Pre-columbian & instruments of Ancient Mexico
- Christopher Garcia - North and South Indian Percussion
- Houman Pourmedhi - percussion, string and breath instruments of Persia
- Malik Sow - Master Drummer & Percussionist of Senegal
- John Zeretzke - World Music composer & multi-instrumentalist
- ANAHEIM, CA - JAN/2007
- CENTER FOR THE ARTS, ORANGE, CA OCT/2007
- COLORADO SPRINGS ARMSTRONG QUAD, Colorado Springs,CO - AUGUST 2007
- GARDEN GROVES ARTS CENTER, CA - MAY/2006
- BOBBY BRADFORD MO'TET
- Chuck Manning - saxophones
- Roberto Miguel Miranda - acoustic bass/Putter Smith - acoustic bass
- Ken Rosser - electric guitar
- Don Preston - acoustic piano
- Michael Pierre Vlatkovich - trombone
- CAFE 322, Sierra Madre, CA - FEB/08,APRIL,2008/JUNE,2008
- UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA - FEB/2008
- California Institute of the ARTS Percussion Ensemble
- OJAI MUSIC FESTIVAL, Ojai, Ca
- SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY, San Jose, CA
- ALEX CLINE - Drumset Percussion, Kantele
- ANGELS GATE THEATRE - San Pedro, CA
- *THE DOWNTOWN PLAYHOUSE- Los Angeles, CA - 2003
- L.A. HARBOR COLLEGE - Music Recital Hall, San Pedro ,CA
- OPEN GATE THEATRE - Eagle Rock , CA
*LA WEEKLY CONCERT PICK OF THE WEEK
NELS CLINE - Baritone Guitar
- THE DOWNTOWN PLAYHOUSE- Los Angeles, CA
- THE GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL - San Francisco, CA
- KNITTING FACTORY - AlterKnit Lounge, LACA
- L.A. HARBOR COLEGE MUSIC RECITAL HALL,Wilmington, CA
- THE OPEN GATE THEATRE - Pasadena, CA
- SACRED GROUNDS - San Pedro, CA
- THE SILVERLAKE LOUNGE - Silverlake CA
- (founding member since 1987)
- THE ALLIGATOR LOUNGE, Santa Monica,CA
- ALVAS PERFORMANCE GALLERY, San Pedro, CA - SEP/2006 - OCT/2007
- BAKED POTATO, Studio City, CA
- BORDERS, Pasadena, CA
- CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS, Valencia, CA
- L.A. HARBOR COLLEGE,Wilmington, CA NOV/2007
- ORANGE COUNTY ART AND JAZZ FESTIVAL- Orange, CA
- ROSALIE AND ALVAS PERFORMING ARTS, San Pedro , CA
- SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL
- JAZZ FESTIVAL, Santa Barbara,CA
- SANTA MONICA COLLEGE, S.M.CA
- U.S.C., Los Angeles, CA
- THE DEMANIA TRIO
- CASTORO CELLARS/TEMPLETON, CA - SEP/2004
- CINE VARIEDADES - SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA- FEB 2006
- DANIELS HALL@SWALLOW HILL, Denver, CO - April 2006 - FEB/2008
- JOES PUB IN NEW YORK, NY SEP/2007
- LITTLE FOX THEATRE, Redwood, CA - AUG/2004
- MOJOS MUSIC ACADEMY, LONGMONT, CO - FEB/2008
- NAROPA UNIVERSITY, BOULDER, CO - FEB/2008
- THE NATICK THEATRE, BOSTON, MASS SEP/2007
- STRINGS,Emeryville, CA - AUG/2004
- TEATRO LA CUIDAD/Mexico City, MEXICO - APRIL/2006
- THROCKMORTON THEATRE, Mill Valley, CA NOV/2006
- ZINCO JAZZ CLUB/Mexico City, MEXICO - APRIL/2006
- Michael Manring solo bass concert with CG as special guest
- Grieb Theater Woodland Hills, CA. MAY/2006
Alvas Performance Gallery San Pedro, CA 90732 MAY/2006
- member since 2002
- featuring original and former members of the Mothers Of Invention including
- Napoleon Murphy Brock, Roy Estrada, and Don Preston
THE AVALON BALLROOM, San Francisco, CA
- THE GEWENDHAUS, Leipzig, Germany
- MONTREAL, CA - JUL/2006
- VICTORS BY THE BAY, San Diego, CA
- TORONTO HUGHS ROOM, CA - JUL/2006
- with classical ensembles
- REDCAT THEATRE in DISNEY HALL, Los Angeles, CA APRIL/2006
- with members of CAL ARTS 21st Century Players
- BOTH SHOWS WERE SOLD OUT
- Orchestrated versions of FZ music,
- performed by the Bergen Symphony Orchestra
- Grieg Hallen, Bergen Norway APRIL/2006
- LHistorie dSoldatwith music
- provided by musicians from the Grieg Academy
- Grieg Hallen, Bergen Norway APRIL/2006
- FRANKFURT JAZZ FESTIVAL, Frankfurt, Germany
- OTTAWA BLUES FESTIVAL, OTTAWA CA - JUL/2006
- VANCOUVER FOLK FESTIVAL, CA - JUL/2006
- WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL, CA - JUL/2006
1/9/04 thru 2/5/04
- January 9th/Switzerland, Zurich Moods
- January 10th/ Italy-Firenze
- January 11/Austria, Ebensee - Kino
- January 12/Croatia, Zagreb - KSET
- January 13/Germany, Nürnberg - Hirsch
- January 14/Germany,Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
- January 15/Germany,Dresden - Die Scheune 8043822/www.scheune.org
- January 16/Germany,Schwerin - Speicher
- January 17/Germany,Erfurt - Gewerkschaftshaus
- January 18/Germany,Hamburg - Fabrik
- January 19/Germany,Berlin - Columbia Fritz
- January 21/Norway, Bergen - Garage
- January 22/Norway, Skien - Lundetangen
- January 23/Norway, Oslo - Rockefeller
- January 24/Denmark-Odense - Rytmeposten
- January 25/Germany,Kiel - Raucherei
- January 26/Germany,Bonn - Harmonie
- January 27/Germany,Lorsch (bei Mannheim) - Musiktheater Rex
- January 28/Belgium - Sint Niklaas - CC
- January 29/UK, Brighton - Concorde
- January 30/UK, Wolverhampton - The Robin www.therobin.co.uk
- January 31/UK, London - The Borderlinewww.borderline.co.uk
- February 01/Netherlands-Weert - De Bosuil
- February 02/Belgium, Verviers - Spirit of 66
- February 03/Germany,Krefeld - Kulturpunkt. Friedenskirche/02151-668440
- February 04/Netherlands-Den Haag - Paard/015-2121980
- February 05. /Netherlands-Zaandam - De Kade 015-2121980
- Su 25 Bad Doberan, Zappanalle Festival - JUL/2004
- Flensburg, - JUL/2004
- Köln, - JUL/2004
- Frankfurt / - JUL/2004
- Halle / - JUL/2004
- Dresden, - JUL/2004
- Hamburg, Fabrik - AUG/2004
- Berlin, Knaack - AUG/2004
- CZ - Prague, - AUG/2004
- A - Vienna, - AUG/2004
- Weinheim, AUG/2004
- Su 08 Aschaffenburg, Kommz Festival - AUG/2004
- under the direction of Martin Espino
- indigenous/pre-hispanic music on ancient instruments of Mexico
- Chicano Perk - San Diego, CA- JAN/2006
- CALIFORNIA STATE NORTHRIDGE, Northridge, CA - APRIL/2008
- DOWNEY MUSEUM OF ART, Downey, CA - APRIL/2008
- FIESTA DEL MAR, MONTEREY, CA SEP/2007
- FOLK MUSIC CENTER - Claremont, CA FEB/2008
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Los Angeles, CA- MAY/2004
- LOS ANGELES THEATRE CENTER - Los Angeles, CA - MAY/2008
- Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts - Santa Rosa, CA - 2004
- MESA COLLEGE, Mesa, CA - SEP/2007
- MesoAmerican Heritage Plaza - GLENDALE, CA - SEP/2004
- Monterey Bay Aquarium, Festival de los Ninos - APRIL/2007
- Music Center of Los Angeles - 2004
- Mural Amphitheater, Seattle, WA - SEP/2004
- Pacific Asia Arts Museum - Pasadenda, CA- 2004
- Rancho Los Cerritos - Cerritos, CA- 2004
- Southwest Museum - Los Angeles, CA- 2004
- UC RIverside - Riverside, CA- JAN/2007
- VILLA PARK, Pasadena CA thru the Pasadena Symphony- FEB/2008
- where Mexico meets India
- (Martin Espino and Christopher Garcia).
- performing new music on ancient instruments of Mexico and India
- Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, APRIL/2007
- 2225 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock (one block west of Eagle Rock Blvd.).
- Park Je Chun Percussion Ensemble
- (World Music Improvising Percussion Quartet)
- The Korean Tour
- All concerts were in Seoul 2000
- Park Je Chun - Percussion from Korea
- Gustavo Aguilar - Percussion from the Americas
- Takinojo Nochizuki - Percussion from Japan
- *Christopher Garcia - Percussion from India
- Duomull Hall
- Strawberry Live Hall
- Seoul Institute of the Arts
- Sungsin University Concert Hall
- Cosmos Project Hall
- Chun Nyun Jazz Club
- with Mi Yeun - Piano
- Total Art Museum Exhibition Hall
- with Mi Yeun - Piano
- DAVID PRITCHARD ACOUSTIC GUITAR QUARTET
- Pasadenda, CAJAN/06
- QUARTETO NUEVO -
- founding member since 1999
- ALVAS PERFORMANCE GALLERY - JAN/2008
- CLUB TROPICAL - Culver City, CA - FEB/2006
- L.A. HARBOR COLEGE MUSIC RECITAL HALL,Wilmington, CA 2004
- LOS ANGELES MUSIC ACADEMY - Pasadena, CA 2002
- OPEN GATE THEATRE - Pasadena, CA - 2002, 2003
- PALMETTO CONVENTION CENTER - Greenville, South Carolina 2003
- ROCCOS - Los Angeles, CA - 2003
- SACRED GROUNDS - San Pedro, CA 2002
- SANGEET - SCHOOL OF WORLD MUSIC - Los Angeles, CA 2003
- RAMO AUDITORIUM, CALTECH - JAN 2006
- TROPICAL - Culver City, CA - APRIL/2004
- THE UNITARIAN CHURCH - Music Series - Santa Monica, CA 2004 - MAY/2008
- HARRY SCORZO'S VIOFONIK
- Harry Scorzo - violin
- Robin Cecil - violin
- Alan Mautner - cello
- ALVAS PERFORMING ARTS GALLERY/San Pedro,CA - FEB 2006 - OCT/2006 - FEB/2008
- DOWNEY MUSEUM OF ART/Downey, CA - NOV/2006 - FEB/2008
- LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE/Los Angeles, CA - FEB 2006 - FEB/2008
- OPEN GATE THEATRE/Eagle Rock, Ca - OCT/2006
- PRIVATE EVENT - Arcadia, Ca FEB/2006
- HARRY SCORZO JAZZ QUARTET
- Guillermo Guzman - electric bass
- Sandy Stein - acoustic piano
- CG - acoustic drums
- Rosalie and Alva's Performance Gallery in San Pedro MAR/07
- THE MUSIC RECITAL HALL Wilmington,CA JULY/07
* LA WEEKLY CONCERT PICK OF THE WEEK
- MICHAEL PIERRE VLATKOVICH
- member since 1991
- THE ALLIGATOR LOUNGE/ Santa Monica,CA - numerous performances
- THE AROMA JAZZ FESTIVAL Idyllwild , CA - JUNE/2006
- THE BERKELEY STORE ANNEX/Berkeley,CA
- THE BOP SHOP/Rochester/NY FEB/2007
- BUMBERSHOOT FESTIVAL/Seattle,WA
- Call and Response" (poetry and improvised musical responses) at THE CAFE METROPOL
- LOS ANGELES, CA AUG/2006
- CLUB TROPICAL - Culver City, CA APRIL/06
- THE ELEPHANT BAR/Austin, Texas
- THE EMPTY SPACE THEATER/Bakersielf, CA OCT/2004
- HALL WALLS/Buffalo, NY MARCH/2007
- THE KNITTING FACTORY/ NY, NY
- MANDALA CENTER/BOULDER, CO/MARCH/07
- THE MUSIC GALLERY/ Toronto, Canada
- THE MUSIC RECITAL HALL San Pedro, CA, CA - JUNE/2006 - JAN/2008
- THE NEW SCHOOL/New York, New York
- THE OUTPOST/Albuquerque,New Mexico MARCH/07
- PITT GALLERY, Vancouver, British Columbia
- REAL ART WAYS/ Hartford,Connecticut
- SALVATION THEATER/Los Angeles, CA
- SKYE AT NIGHT Idyllwild,CA JUNE/2007
- W.A.G. FESTIVAL/Worcester, Massachusetts
- YORK UNIVERSITY/ Toronto, Canada MARCH/2007
WORLD MUSIC TRIO
with Jihad Racy - Bozouk, Oud, Nay, Mijwiz
Roberto Miranda - Acoustic Bass
- L.A. HARBOR COLLEGE - Music Recital Hall
- UCLA - Schoenberg Hall
Chris plays Yamaha Bass Drums, rack and floor toms,
Joe Montenieri Custom Snare Drums, and Paiste Cymbals exclusively
Additional instruments include:
Marimba, DrumKat, MalletKat,
Tabla, Kanjira, various hand drums, miscellaneous percussion instruments, homemade and found objects.
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