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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.

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 World Center on Miami Beach. This is followed by the January 8 premiere of my new work beneath the surface for 2 pianos and 2 percussionists being premiered by the Ensemble Berlin Piano Percussion in Berlin. I am looking forward to being there in large part with the support of the ensemble and the German-American Fulbright Commission. Later that month on January 17, 18, and 19 The Florida Orchestra based in Tampa presents the premiere of my work, the impending silence followed by virtuoso bassoonist Rebekah Heller premiering my work prelude interlude and postlude with video images by Jacek Kolasinski and John Stuart as part of the New Music Miami ISCM Festival on January 22. I hope that those of you that may be nearby any of these will come by.

The Florida Orchestra in Tampa to premiere new commissioned work as part of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth

The Florida Orchestra in Tampa will be premiering my new work the impending silence on their January 17, 18, and 19, 2020 concerts. The title is a reference to Beethoven’s eventually deafness and to my interest in sound that moves towards silence. The 6 minute work will open the concerts and outside of the title and several conceptual and formal references to Beethoven’s 9th is squarely within my aesthetic world. More here

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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...

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...

reviews

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...