Ricardo Garcia

  Born of Andalucian parents Ricardo was taught guitar by his uncle Antonio Garcia. From an early age he accompanied his mother, Maria del Carmen, an excellent singer. His father, Dionisio, encouraged him as a child, making sure he practiced regularly and taking the whole family back to his village near Sevilla every summer in order to experience firsthand the music and soul of the region.
  He played his first concert when he was nine and between the ages of 15 and 18 he attended flamenco masterclasses with Merengue de Cordoba, Paco Serrano and Jose Antonio Rodriguez Munoz. His studies with his uncle and on various intensive residential guitar courses focused heavily on Flamenco with classical guitar at base. His own discovery of jazz meant that the three cornerstones to his personal style are flamenco, classical and jazz.
  Ricardo acknowledges his debt to masters such as Paco de Lucia and Tomatito, the great masters of guitar in flamenco today.
  He continued to perform both solo and with his family in numerous concerts throughout France and in 1988 he was chosen to represent France culturally on a tour around Uruguay and Argentina, sponsored by the Casa de America Latina. 
  Ricardo, although young, played concerts, guitar festivals, flamenco performances with musicians and dancers culminating at the age 21 in the Zenith in Paris opening for Pat Metheny in front of 7000 people.
  At the age of 25 he went to work at the University of Malawi which enabled him to develop a special kind of flamenco fusion born of his numerous musical encounters, African and Asian. He performed a great deal in Malawi, at the University, the French Cultural Centre, the British Council, and taught part time in the Department of Music. The years in Malawi brought him into contact with many other musicians and again widened his repertoire to incorporate African rhythms as well as Asian. He worked especially with Aaron Sangala and the late, great Tione Mwera. A creative collaboration with a sitar player, Bimal Lohd resulted in several excellent concerts. With Aaron Sangala and Bashir Sacranie Ricardo was a founder member of the group Kalulu, mentioned in The Rough Guide to Music in Africa.
  Moving to Barcelona he started an international career playing on 4 continents. He has toured the world composing and performing flamenco, flamenco jazz, and even an experimental show:: flamenco hip hop, which was an enormous success in Edinburgh and all over Canada (Critic’s Choice in five Canadian cities). Creating shows and collaborating with musicians the world over, his eclectic love for music of all types has led him to
develop a kind of modern flamenco influenced by jazz, blues, Indian, Arabic and African music.
  Many of Ricardo’s original shows toured Canada and the US receiving Critics Choice in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Orlando, Ottawa and Vancouver, and an Audience Award in Vancouver for the highly original Flamenco con Fusion, created with his partner, Julie Gunn, and featuring B Girl Bounse.
  Eleven years at the Edinburgh Fringe has brought Ricardo great acclaim in the UK, and he is a regular in the Royal Albert Hall’s Ignite series. Edinburgh 2011 brought support from the Spanish Consulate General, and a five-star review on the first night.
  He has written and performed music for a British theatre company, Trestle Arts; participated in the play LOLA which toured for a year and a half,; composed and played in a Bollywood movie (Tashan – in Mumbai!); recorded albums including participation in Set Luna Universal France with Julia Sarr, Patrice Larose, Youssou N’Dour, Mino Cinelu...
  He has performed on stage in Mumbai with Zakir Hussein, Ranjit Barot, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer in India; with Phamie Gow in Scotland; Pedro Soler and the Set Luna team in France, brothers Eduardo and Salvador Niebla in Spain.

  Since October 2010, Ricardo has been performing in Kenya, and during 2011 has created a project supported by the Spanish Embassy in Nirobi.