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orlando jacinto garcía (b. 1954)

Through 200 works composed for a wide range of performance genres including interdisciplinary and site specific works, and works with and without electronics for orchestra, choir, soloists, and a variety of chamber ensembles, Orlando Jacinto García has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has often been described as “time suspended- haunting sonic explorations” qualities he developed from his studies with Morton Feldman among others. 

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1954, Garcia migrated to the United States in 1961. In demand as a guest composer, he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from a variety of organizations and cultural institutions including the Rockefeller, Fulbright, Knight, Dutka, Civitella Ranieri, Bogliasco, and Cintas Foundations, the State of Florida, the MacDowell and Millay Colony, and the Ariel, Noise International, Matiz Rangel, Nuevas Resonancias, Salvatore Martirano, and Bloch International Competitions. Most recently he has been the recipient of 4 Latin Grammy nominations in the best Contemporary Classical Composition Category (2009-11, 2015). With performances around the world, his works are recorded on New Albion, O.O. Discs, CRI /New World, Albany, North/South, CRS, Rugginenti, VDM, Capstone, Innova, CNMAS, Opus One, Telos, and Toccata Classics.

Garcia is the founder and director of the NODUS Ensemble, the Miami Chapter of the International Society for Contemporary Music, the New Music Miami ISCM Festival, and is a resident composer for the Miami Symphony Orchestra. A dedicated educator, he is Professor of Composition and Composer in Residence for the School of Music at Florida International University. 

 

recent news

Upcoming Performances of note in late December and January

I am very fortunate and pleased to have the following performances in late December and January. First the New World Symphony Orchestra will be presenting my work the Distant Wind II for clarinet and string orchestra as part of their concert on December 22 at the New...

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65th anniversary celebration in Valparaiso, Chile

The Pontificia University in Valparaiso Chile will be celebrating my 65th year with a portrait concert of my music on May 24. In addition, I will be lecturing about my music as well as my mentor Morton Feldman's works during my visit. I am very much looking forward to...

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Upcoming Performances in May and June

Stadluft macht frei for video and electronics was selected for screening at the Echofluxx 19 Experimental Film Festival in Prague. The work was a collaboration with visual artist Jacek Kolasinski and is scheduled for presentation during the festival that runs May 1 -...

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articles

Listed below are a selection of articles written by Orlando Jacinto García. Reuse or reprinting of any of these articles or content therein must be done with the written consent of the author. You may contact orlando via the “contact” page or by e-mailing him at ojg@orlandojacintogarcia.com Please reference which article you would like to use.

Why References?

When I was in graduate school in the early and mid 1980s, I had the good fortune to work with an Asian American composer and teacher at the University of Miami named Dennis Kam. At that time he was very much involved with the idea of musical stasis or a music that by...

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What is Art Music?

As we enter the next century the music world can seem a bit confusing. Twenty five years ago what was considered the Western Art music canon consisted of music from either Antiquity or the Renaissance through the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and into the 20th...

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Teaching Composition: Some General Thoughts

Teaching someone to compose is impossible! We all know that Bartok said it and refused to teach composition. My mentor Feldman taught composition but always claimed you couldn’t do it, for which he was often criticized by students. His now somewhat famous response to...

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Boola Boola Revisited

Slightly more than 15 years ago, soon after finishing my doctoral studies, I had the great fortune of studying with Morton Feldman for 3 intensive weeks. These sessions proved to have a great impact on my career as a composer and pedagogue and I was fortunate to be...

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Another Approach to Electroacoustic Music

At times I find myself feeling somewhat out of place at some of the electroacoustic music events where my work is presented. This is not because I do not find this genre of interest or because I am not pleased with my work or that of my colleagues, but because my...

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