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 tabla and driving American drum set player) with the likes of ZAPPA ALUMNUS, 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, ghatam, kanjira, Yaqui water drums and Paiste metals with the sarode and surbahar
sitar of the gifted and versatile John Stephens and multi woodwind player Pablo Calogero on bansuri, bass flute, bass clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophone.
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
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 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….”
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 India, 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 MesoAmerica but we know we
are not in India......."
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 MesoAmerican music. No mere timekeeper, he always seems to elevate whatever musical situation he finds himself in. "
"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 ALIBI
JOHN STEPHENS REVIEWS
John Stephens is a sitar, surbahar and sarode player based in Los Angeles. He earned his bachelor’s in music from Berklee College of Music (2006), majoring in Jazz Composition. After living in India for a year, he went on to earn his MFA in North Indian music at CalArts (2011). John continues to learn from maestro Ustad Aashish Khan, eldest son of Ustad Ali Akbar. Aashish Khan learned primarily from his grandfather, Baba Allauddin Khan, who was one of the most influential musicians in the history of Hindustani music, having taught Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and many others. John began his training with Aashish Khan in 2009, after spending four years learning sitar from Pandit Amarnath Mishra in Banaras.
John is a performing musician, recording artist, music and podcast producer, and music educator. In addition to teaching privately, he is a regular teacher at the California State Summer School for the Arts, and substitute teacher for world music faculty at CalArts. He is also a published author on ancient Indian microtonal theory, and his article, “The Microtones of Bharata’s Natyashastra,” appears in Volume 6 of Analytical Approaches to World Music
PABLO CALOGERO REVIEWS
“Calogero can groove, solo and lift the band with any of his multiple horns and flutes, each showing a very different side of his musical personality but each with their own organically developed sound within the hands of a musician who has played with Tito Puente, Jaki Byard, Anthony Braxton and Carla Bley and many many more…”
PERFORMING ARTS LIVE
"Pablo Calogero, tenor sax, bass clarinet, flutes. Sometime when you've got a few hours, look up this guy's résumé, from Jaki Byard to Tito Puente to Carla Bley. On an occasion of so much variety, he was in regular demand, especially effective in the more open Coltrane-influenced segments......"
"Pablo Calogero …… his postulation of vibratory sounds through the medium of that clandestine wooden piccolo, that monumental yet unimposing bass flute, and the bass clarinet a seemingly rare yet integral part of the repertoire of sound, flowed with such elegance and grace, while from time to time awakening me to a heretofore unheard articulation, that let me know that there’s much more that I have yet to hear...."