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The Studios of Key West Artist Residency June-July 2021

Incredibly productive 4 weeks in Key West at the 4 week artist residency I realized at the Studios of Key West mid June to mid July. Completed the large part of a 22 minute work for classical guitar and chamber orchestra for virtuoso guitarist Jaime Marquez and the Orquesta de Camara de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and its director Ludwig Carrasco for premiere in December. The Studios are a great place to work with the combination of all of the tranquility and diversion anyone could want. More

Composers Now Impact Series Program with my work

Extremely grateful to Composers Now to be part of their Impact Series. The 30 plus minute program first aired August 12 but available indefinitely where I briefly present my thoughts on art and music and my work for cello and string orchestra with virtuoso cellist Jason Calloway as well as my work for video and electronics with video by Jacek Kolasinski can be found here

sonidos cubanos 2 album on Neuma Records

Extremely pleased to have been the producer and initiator of this project to promote the wonderful music of Cintas Foundation Fellowship winning composers Flores Chaviano, Ivette Herryman Rodriguez, Odaline de la Martinez, Eduardo Morales Caso, Sabrina Peña Young on a new album being released in June 2021 by Neuma Records with the support of the Cintas Foundation. Sonidos Cubanos 2 is a second album in a series of recordings championing the music of these outstanding composers. Review here and more information here

Theodore Front to publish selected works

I am pleased to announce that I have entered an agreement with Theodore Front for the publication of a limited number of my works. The current agreement calls for Theodore Front to sell and make available hard copies of scores and parts of my works to universities around the US. This will increase the availability of my music to students, performers, and scholars.

New solo album of my work being released on the Metier label featuring the Amernet String Quartet

The Metier/Divine Art label will be releasing my next portrait album featuring the exceptionally talented Amernet string quartet performing my 3 quartets. The 3 works span more than 30 years starting with my first quartet written when I was working with my mentor Morton Feldman and the last written recently for the Amernet. The album will be available on Feb 12 here. A brief excerpt can be heard on YouTube here

una marea creciente included as part of the BBC 3 Radio show Words and Music

It was great to see that an excerpt of my work una marea creciente recorded by virtuoso violinist Jennifer Choi and the Malaga Philharmonic on Toccata Classics, was part of the popular BBC 3 Radio Show Words and Music. The work was include on the edition titled The Body which was originally broadcast on the shows web page starting in late November. The show that combines words/poetry/text with music will be available for the month and can be found here.

Named Distinguished University Professor

I was very humbled and honored to be named Distinguished University Professor at Florida International University. The designation is the highest rank you can achieve at the university and given the achievements and recognition of the other faculty inducted it is quite an honor. More information regarding the award and more here.

Film by Mauricio Arango featuring my music

I was very pleased to find out that my music is prominently featured in Colombian film maker Mauricio Arango’s new short film No Weight Whatsoever. The beautifully shot film received a mention in the Marseilles film festival this summer. You can see the trailer here.

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The Studios of Key West Artist Residency June-July 2021

Incredibly productive 4 weeks in Key West at the 4 week artist residency I realized at the Studios of Key West mid June to mid July. Completed the large part of a 22 minute work for classical guitar and chamber orchestra for virtuoso guitarist Jaime Marquez and the...

Composers Now Impact Series Program with my work

Extremely grateful to Composers Now to be part of their Impact Series. The 30 plus minute program first aired August 12 but available indefinitely where I briefly present my thoughts on art and music and my work for cello and string orchestra with virtuoso cellist...

sonidos cubanos 2 album on Neuma Records

Extremely pleased to have been the producer and initiator of this project to promote the wonderful music of Cintas Foundation Fellowship winning composers Flores Chaviano, Ivette Herryman Rodriguez, Odaline de la Martinez, Eduardo Morales Caso, Sabrina Peña Young on a...

Theodore Front to publish selected works

I am pleased to announce that I have entered an agreement with Theodore Front for the publication of a limited number of my works. The current agreement calls for Theodore Front to sell and make available hard copies of scores and parts of my works to universities...

reviews

Review of my Metier release in All About the Arts

Intriguingly complex and moving: the music of Orlando Jacinto García The prolific Cuban American composer Orlando Jacinto García recorded three of his string quartets with the invaluable Amernet Quartet for METIER. The CD came to my attention as a result of his having...

Review in Arcana of my string quartet album released on Metier

A recent review in Arcana quoted "More approachable and immediate as Garcia’s idiom has become, there is never any sense of his music courting easy appeal or popular acclaim. Rather, these quartets maintain a steady and methodical course akin to a thawing out or...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...