Review in Scherzo of the premiere of oscuro sobre luz blanco sobre rojo at the COMA Festival in Madrid, Spain
A recent review of the premiere of my work oscuro sobre luz blanco sobre rojo can be found in the Spanish Scherzo journal. The review in Spanish by distinguished composer, writer, and one of Spain’s leading cultural figures, Tomas Marco, cited that the work incorporated a brief text recited by the instrumentalists, where the praise of diversification intersects with a tribute to the light and color of the painter Mark Rothko. This translates musically into an excellent timbre palette that sparkles throughout a work that is more than an evocation, because it is also emotionally involved and an example of great music of this very moment.
The entire review can be found here
This past April, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra Board Member Kris Kautzman gave his impressions of my music after listening to Orlando Jacinto Garcia Orchestral Music Volume 2 on Toccata Classics. In the article the music was described as lyrical and minimal while also mentioning the time suspended aspect of the works. The article can be found here
Rafael de Acha states in his year end All About the Arts Blog: Orlando Jacinto García’s music spins continuously while minute changes of texture and tone happen imperceptibly in a METIER release to which one must listen attentively, the rewards then to be derived being immense. The Amernet Quartet plays this music with unflagging discipline and sensitivity. One hopes that METIER will continue to record the fascinating music of this pioneering artist. More here
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 recently received a well-deserved GRAMMY nomination. See entire review here
A recent review of my latest album appeared in Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review where the reviewer stated “If you live with this music for awhile like I have you may well find it a special thing, serious and expressive, thoughtful and in its own way a step ahead. It is sincere, intimate and a musical world unto itself, happily. Recommended” The entire review can be found here
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 loosening up of emotions audible from the outset.” The entire review can be found here
Review in the Rehearsal Studio of my latest album with my 3 string quartets performed by the Amernet on Metier Records
My latest album was reviewed in the Rehearsal Studio by Stephen Smoliar. The reviewer did a very good job of describing the works and my aesthetic concerns citing the fact that listening to these pieces was “a listening experience that can be likened to viewing the music through a microscope.” The entire review is available here
The performance of my work oscurecimiento gradual by pianist Larry Axelrod as part of the New Music Chicago Festival concerts held on October 10 received a nice mention in Chicago Classical Review. The review by John von Rhein excerpted below can be found here.
“A different sort of musical progression—in this case, a slow evolution from light to darkly decaying sounds—forms the expressive parameters of Orlando Jacinto Garcia’s haunting piano piece Oscurecimiento gradual. The work’s eight minutes posit a kind of spectral fluidity from the interplay of timbres, textures and tempos”.
Journalist Nevena Stanic Kovacevic reviewed the opening New Music Miami ISCM Festival concert in the Artsburst Miami January 29, 2020 issue touting the merits of the festival and commenting on my work
“Multiple Voices” brought a new clarinet timbre but led the audience even deeper into a meditative and fully concentrated state of attention of each tone. With the high focus on the execution of every multiphonic in the piece, clarinetist Jesse Gilday conveyed an excellent command over the many notes of FIU composer-in-residence Orlando Garcia’s collage. In a hall full of incidental sounds and quiet noise, every tone had a sense of exclusiveness. The full review can be found here
Reviewer John Kurokawa reviewed Orchestral Music Volume 2 as part of the College Music Society’s Symposium Journal published in October 2019. To read the review visit the link here
a gamelan in the distance performed by Chen-Hui Jen was aired on WUSF/WSMR's Modern Notebook program featuring host Tyler Kline. The music was part of the September 11th evening edition. The recording by Chen-Hui Jen is available on bandcamp here
I will be in residence at Bethany Arts Community in Ossining, NY from May 2-15. During my time there I will be working on a new piece for the Madrid based Nuevo Ensemble de Segovia for premiere in the fall of 2022. This will be the 3rd work I complete for the ensemble...
The online new music journal I Care If You Listen recently published an interview with me regarding my work impulso/momentum premiered as part of a concert with the theme of social justice featuring the NYC based Ensemble Pi. I am very grateful to ICIYL for allowing...
I am extremely honored and humbled to have received the 2022 Walter Hinrichsen Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This award was established by the C. F. Peters Corporation, music publishers, in 1984, and is given for the publication of a...
On March 2 the New York City based Ensemble Pi will be premiering my new work impulso/momentum for baritone voice and chamber ensemble. The work commissioned by the ensemble will be part of a concert on the theme of social justice. More information here
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...
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 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...
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...
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...