ANADIS MUSIC REVIEWS
"A project devised and led by gifted multi-percussionist Christopher Garcia, an artist known equally for his accomplishments as both adept player of North and South Indian instruments such as table and driving American drum set player) with the likes of The Grand Mothers of Invention and the Bobby Bradford Mo’tet), the group reflects Garcia’s ongoing interest in honoring, exploring, and blending different musical cultures and their unique instruments. In this case, Garcia combines his tabla, mbwata, frame drums, baa wehai, and Paiste metals with the pipa, ruan, and other Chinese string instruments of the wonderful Jie Ma and the sitar of the gifted and versatile John Stephens. With Garcia always successful in his role as multicultural musical ambassador as well as sensitive and tasteful manifestor of thoroughly enjoyable musical experiences, this trio is sure to fascinate and satisfy.
OPEN GATE THEATRE
JIE MA REVIEWS
"Like Yo Yo Ma has done for the cello by placing it in various genres of music and experimenting and collaborating with musicians of different styles around the world, pipa virtuoso Ma Jie has done the same for her traditional Chinese instrument."
"It is refreshing to see artists like Jie Ma evolve traditional music forms without discarding rich aspects of their artistic heritage or identity while paying American sound(s) which enriches the musical melting pot. "
"In addition to working with classical musicians and composers, Jie Ma has worked extensively with jazz, rock, bluegrass and world musicians on experimental and improvisational projects and enjoys playing traditional Chinese arrangements, creating her own works, and fusing Chinese and other styles to create a unique sound."
"Jie Ma is one of the most notable pipa players currently performing….".
"pipa virutosa Jie Ma gave a riveting, sympathetic account or the GHOST OPERA ….Jie Ma’s pipa solos bristled with an articulate, singing tone, and she turned tartly percussive beginnings into deftly shaded resolutions. "
SAN DIEGO STORY
CHRISTOPHER GARCIA REVIEWS
violinist L SHANKAR
"Garcia’s drumming cut through, complemented, and grounded the reverberating echoes
of L. Shankar’s masterful slides on the violin throughout the hall. Highlights included Garcia’s percussion solo in the fifth track, in which he built upon various rhythms for several uninterrupted minutes, beating every drum in front of him, including tapping his face to a comedic, yet fascinating effect; another highlight was Shankar’s singing on the fourth track. "
ARPANA DANCE COMPANY
"Christopher Garcia, a multi-faceted percussionist, added an eclectic array of musical instruments from Mexico, India, and other places creating an imaginative array of sounds along with the movement."
"We hear a variety of percussion, including instruments from Mexico and MesoAmerica. They sing and throb to the pulse of a single person, Christopher Garcia. He produces an extraordinary array of sound and rhythms, effortlessly weaving in and out of familiar Indian patterns to those of traditional Central America but we know we are not in India. This is the music and dance that has come to reside in Orange County, California.
INDIAS PREMIER MAGAZINE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
"Christopher Garcia is a most uncommon percussionist. He’s an ace trap drum player;
known for precise execution of difficult time signatures at blazing tempos; and he’s a hand
percussionist with a deep background in Indian and Latin American music. No mere timekeeper,
he always seems to elevate whatever musical situation he finds himself in. "
PASADENA WEEKLY ARTICLE by Kirk Silsbee
"Christopher Garcia is one of those musicians who always seems to be on stage when amazing
things are happening. I'm not sure he knows how many different groups he's currently playing in,
but it's a lot. In addition to teaching all over the world, he's played with a jaw-dropping who's-who
of musical luminaries...... Although he's a phenomenal drummer, he may be best known as a master
of Vedic percussion techniques and, specifically, the tabla. "
LONG BEACH POST INTERVIEW
"Christopher Garcia's playing is vibrant and alive with passion, humor and a good deal of technical
prowess, not to mention the breadth of vision necessary to effectively translate such an unpredictable
stream of music."
THE WEEKLY ALIBII