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Aires Cariocas

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Simon Garcia writes: "I wrote Aires Cariocas for my dear friends of the Brazilian ensemble Fabrica Orquestra, a group featuring double bass quartet and percussion in October 2015. Their use of percussion helped me to think of writing some of joyful Brazilian rhythms and the result was a piece somewhere between Bossa Nova and Samba. The work starts with an introduction which I will use as coda, too. There are two main themes, firstly in a major key and then in a minor key, criss-crossed with 7/8 sections where I mixed the Samba and Bossa clave patterns. It´s a very lyrical piece built on a syncopated rhythm where I use the entire range of the instrument and contrast homophonic parts with accompanying melody parts.

I decided that the published edition would work better as a bass quartet and without percussion.

In February 2017 I created a new version for double bass octet for Petia Bagovska. It was premiered in the bass octet version by Petia Bagovska, Piermario Murelli, Dobromir Kisyov, Alp Tuna Kurtoglu, Nasko Petkov, Rumiana Tencheva, Nika Mario Nikolova and Svoboda Bozduganova on 15th March 2017 at the National Academy of Music in Sofia (Bulgaria)."

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.

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Cat No. RM1119
Supplier Code RM1119
Price £12.50
ComposerSimon Garcia
CategoryDouble Bass Quartet
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level7 - 8, Advanced
Weight 163 grams
Published 16th November 2020
Availability 4 in stock
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