Music Beyond Borders
November 20 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Music Beyond Borders is a duo ensemble comprised of Christopher Garcia and Tasha Smith Godinez. Both musicians are multi-instrumentalists as well as composers. Mr. Garcia specializes in percussion instruments of the Americas and India while Mrs. Smith Godinez plays multiple types of harps as well as the violin. Chris and Tasha both bring their years of playing in the classical, jazz and world music arenas together to form a truly unique duo that blurs the lines of genre and expectations. For this special live-across-the-Internet performance, Chris will perform from Los Angeles and Tasha will perform from San Diego. They will be joined by renowned trumpeter, Steph Richards who will perform from San Diego.
Please note the time of this performance (8 PM EST / 5 PM PST).
About the musicians
Christopher 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.
Tasha Smith Godinez, harp
Tasha Smith Godinez is a composer, performer based in San Diego, California, USA. Ms. Smith Godinez is passionate about augmenting the repertoire for her instrument and has dedicated much of her career to commissioning, performing, and recording new music for the harp. It is also a goal of Tasha’s to help change the common stereotypes of the harp and its musical capabilities. As a composer, Tasha focusses on the natural resonance of the harp while utilizing the vast array of extended techniques possible on the instrument. Ms. Smith Godinez is the harp professor at the University of San Diego as well as Palomar College and director of the San Diego Harp Academy. As a recording artist, she has released albums and singles for Cold Blue Records, Centaur Records and Ennanga Records.
Steph Richards, trumpet
“The musical headspace in which rising Brooklyn-via-Canada trumpeter Steph Richards operates stretches far beyond avant-garde jazz—an area she’s explored with visionaries such as Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, and John Zorn—and into art- pop territory (she’s logged studio time with Yoko Ono and David Byrne too).” (JazzTimes). An adventurous trumpeter, conductor and composer, Steph Richards is a radical innovator in the avant and experimental scenes and is driven by a curiosity how listeners interact with music and what sensory variables are open to experimentation. From working with choreography to underwater percussion, her compositions have premiered on stages as varied as Carnegie Hall, the Blue-note and Lincoln Center to underground iconic venues such as The Sone. Her electro-experimental debut record Fullmoon (Relative Pitch Records) for trumpet, resonating percussion and electronic sampler was hailed as a “spellbinding” (NPR) debut which Steph promptly followed with a second record, the avant-jazz “Take The Neon Lights” (Birdwatcher Records), earning high praise from Downbeat, the New York Times and NPR. In addition to her own work, Richards coproduces the FONT West Music Fest, spotlighting forward-thinking trumpet artists after co-curating the NYC based festival alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas. Her upcoming record SUPERSENSE features MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran and explores cross-sensory perception of improvisation and scent. She is on the faculty of music at UC San Diego and is a Yamaha artist.