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When William Barton and Anthony Garcia first performed live on ABC Radio in 2009 a unique synergy was ignited that has led to the emergence of one of Australia’s most respected ensemble collaborations. The pulsating rhythms and ethereal textures of the didgeridoo blend with the soaring melodies and lush harmonies the guitar to create a new Australian soundscape that holds no boundaries.
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”Anthony is a world class performer who composes amazing music and performs with virtuosic grace. Our audiences have deeply appreciated his creative voice, his intimate manner, and his unique ability to take the listener on a journey.Alex WilkinsonTyalgum Festival of Classical Music
”After his last superb solo album “Malili Dreaming”, Texan-born Australian classical guitarist and composer Anthony Garcia joins forces with Colombian Latin harpist Sandra Real for a disc of Spanish and Latin American classics. True, there’s a dash of English baroque thrown in with an arrangement of Purcell’s “rondo” from Abdelazer, and one of Garcia’s own works ends the recital. But this is very much a smooth, jazzy, up-beat affair, with plenty of vibrant rhythms and exciting improvisation. That’s not to downplay the slickness and technical perfection of the playing from both musicians, however, which is in evidence throughout – as is an obvious grasp of style (especially noticeable in the beautiful Espanoletas and lively Canarios, both by Spanish baroque composer Gaspar Sanz). But the real strength of Zarabanda as the two performers are collectively known, lies in its ability to inject freshness and spontaneity into every piece, whether it be in more obviously classical works like Granados’s “Spanish Dance” No 2 Oriental or Latin American favourites like Venezuelan Hugo Blanco’s “Moliendo Cafe”, Puerto Rican Bobby Capo’s “Canela” and Brazilian guitarist Celso Machado’s “Marchinha de Carnaval”. Partaking as it does of both worlds, Garcia’s evocative “Spring Nocturne” makes a perfect piece with which to finish. The only problem I have with this otherwise outstanding release is it lack of booklet notes.William YeomanABC Limelight Magazine
”Mexican-Australian guitarist Anthony Garcia has very gamely recorded his own music for his latest disc, Skyflyer. He is an excellent guitarist and although his compositions are an unknown quantity, this disc dispels any doubts about an innate ability to create music that draws together the many cultural threads weaving through his life. It blends formality with a colourful improvisatory flair.
Skyflyer is named after the final track, an evocative piece that sums up the contents of the program opening with Tyalgum, a five movement suite inspired by the Northern New South Wales township that hosts an annual music festival which featured Garcia.
His music knows no geographical bounds, so the Oceania track might have emanated from either side of the Pacific. It is eloquent in its imagery and his stunning tremolo technique in Mountain Tremolo at times almost echoes an indigenous Australian mood. His whole oeuvre is a distinctive meld of diverse colours.Patricia KellyThe Courier Mail
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