This collection of new classical Latin American work by the Cuban born, Miami based composer is a series of pieces that invoke an abstract expressionist sensibility set against a time free present. Repetition and slow evolution of materials result in a temporal stasis which is similar in effect to some Asian and Latin American musics--the perception of the moment is of great importance. Explorations of the counterpoint between register, density, timbre and pacing are the aesthetic basis. Extreme care is given to the nuances of entrances and exists, to the points where silence begins and sound ends. At times the music feels far away, set in a vast distance--like a night sky or memory; and at other times it is strongly present, full of current and emotion, with deep colors and powerful gestures.
Through some one hundred works composed for a wide range of performance genres, Orlando Jacinto García has established himself as an important voice in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has been described as "time suspended--haunting sonic explorations" with "a certain tightness and rigor infrequently found in music of this type"--qualities he developed from his studies with Morton Feldman among others. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1954, García emigrated to the United States in 1961. In demand as a guest composer and lecturer at national and international festivals, he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from a variety of organizations and cultural institutions, most recently including the Nuevas Resonancias, American Composers Forum Sonic Circuits, and Salvador Martirano awards, a State of Florida Composers Fellowship, several Rockefeller and Fulbright residencies, as well as fellowships from the Dutka and Cintas Foundations. With performances in most of the major capitols of the world by numerous distinguished soloists, ensembles, and orchestras, his works are recorded on O.O. Discs, CRI (Emergency Music and eXchange labels), Albany, North/South, CRS, Rugginenti, Capstone and Opus One Records and are available from Kallisti Music Press, the American Composers Alliance, BHE and North/South Editions. The founder and director of several international festivals including the New Music Miami Festival and the Music of the Americas Festival, he is Professor of Music and director of the Composition Program as well as Graduate Studies for the School of Music at Florida International University.
Reviews"In short, Garcia's release struck me as intrinsically rich and beautifully dangerous..." - Journal SEAMUS (the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States)