Simon Garcia writes: "Since the beginning of time, man has always dreamed of flying... After having managed to sail through the skies of this planet, an obsession to travel to other worlds between the late 50's and the mid-70's was unleashed, known as the "Space Race" between the US and the former Soviet Union.
'Ride to Infinity' is a journey to the end of time without the need of a space suit, but through a dream, as a child might do, lying on the grass on a clear night and letting themself be carried through their imagination to the immensity of the cosmos.
Commissioned by Xocas Meijide and dedicated to him, from an aesthetic point of view it is written in a Techno-Minimalist language, a branch that was born in the USA at the end of the space race. It offers a continuous melody that never ends, until it is lost in the depths of the abyss and uses resources such as repetition, pedal notes in different registers and the use of hemiolas, which turn the strong parts of the bars into weak beats, thus giving the sensation of weightlessness. In short, it is a piece that tries to make the audience enjoy their his own journey, either by the immensity of the cosmos or their own mind."
'Ride to Infinity' was recorded in the Meijide´s new CD-DVD titled "Ride to Infinity".
Bassist and composer Simon Garcia was born in Mugardos (Spain) in 1977 and graduated in double bass from the Conservatorio Superior of Salamanca. He has worked as a double bassist in the Royal Orchestra of Galicia, having also performed in many orchestras throughout Spain, and is the bassist in the Symphony Wind Orchestra of A. Coruna. He has collaborated with many musicians and ensembles, particularly in the field of contemporary music, and has recorded and performed on many commercial recordings and for television and radio broadcasts.
Simon Garcia has composed more than thirty works for double bass, ranging from two to six players, alongside transcriptions of these pieces for various chamber ensembles. His music has been performed in Mexico, Venezuela, Uruguay, Denmark, Spain, Japan, Italy, Austria, Germany, Canada, USA and UK by The Bass Gang, Bass Instinct and Il Quint-etto amongst others, and some of his music was used as teaching material in the 2011 ISB Year of Collaborative Music.
Simon Garcia's music is lively, jazzy and rhythmic with great forward momentum and drive. Accessible for players and audiences alike, he writes colourful music of distinction and energy, employing the entire range of the double bass.