Antonio García believes the important thing to appreciating the music of one other tradition is studying concerning the tradition and language that affect the music.
“All music comes from folks and all folks have a tradition and language,” stated García, director of jazz research and teacher of trombone, small jazz ensemble, jazz idea and music business on the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.
García, who has freelanced as a trombonist, bass trombonist, or pianist with over 70 nationally famend artists, together with Ella Fitzgerald, Doc Severinsen and Phil Collins, bases his philosophy partly on his personal experiences rising up with completely different cultural influences. The son of a mom from Iowa and father from Puerto Rico, García and his household lived in New Orleans the place the sound of jazz and Latin-inspired music permeated each nook and cranny of the town.
“I didn’t develop up figuring out about music. However as I studied it formally and carried out it professionally, I discovered concerning the language and the tradition by means of the music, which gave me extra respect for the heritage,” García stated.
García is a longtime scholar of jazz and Latin music, a style that represents varied kinds, cultures and geographical influences. It consists of music from Latin America, Spain and the US.
“It’s troublesome to outline jazz now after over 100 years,” he stated. “It’s like a vacuum cleaner. It sucks up influences from all music.
“There are the Afro-Cuban avenue beats of New Orleans,” he stated. “Brazilian music is influenced by French and Afro-Cuban. In Brazil, except for the indigenous inhabitants, the nation had extra enslaved people than the US through the peak of slavery. That’s only one approach a rustic’s music is influenced.”
Hearken to the beat
The rhythmic beats in Latin music are simply as various and affect dance music such because the salsa.
“Brazilian music has numerous rhythmic variations,” García stated. “You’ve the bossa nova and the samba. There are simply eight varieties inside these two classes. You’ve Colombia jazz or the rhythms of Venezuela or Salvadorian rhythms.”
Puerto Rican bomba rhythms, that are rooted in Puerto Rico’s historical past of African slave commerce and plena, a dance native to Puerto Rico, are extremely popular in New York, García stated.
Latin rhythms are additionally discovered within the music of many singers corresponding to Shakira, Santana and Beyonce.
“You’ll be able to’t pay attention to twenty minutes of pop radio that isn’t vastly influenced by the grooves of Latin music or Latin jazz, which is turning into increasingly a world music,” García stated. “You’ll discover nice Afro-Cuban music being performed in Japan.”
García, a analysis college member on the College of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa), likes to get his college students engaged and clued in to the completely different cultures.
He has hosted visitor artists in school like musician Tito Puente and occasionally took college students to South Africa, which is the “musical coronary heart of every thing,” he stated.
“We go to folks of their properties and cities. We go on safaris. You’ll be able to stand within the nice plains of Africa and listen to percussion devices by means of the birds and animals. All the things from the meals to the structure to the rhythm of the language emerges within the music. That helps music make extra sense,” he stated.
Understanding how the tradition influences music is completely different from simply studying concerning the music, he stated.
“Music is never written to simply be pretty. It’s written to precise one thing and promote the language and tradition,” García stated.
Music, he added, is a “lifelong journey.”
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