The instrumental quartet formed by Leo Garcia (piano), Cristian Faig (flute), Pablo Lazarte (guitar) e Alexandre Damaria (percussion) presents Leo Garcia’s compositions, combining Brazilian jazz with pop.
The result is a pictorial sound environment, created through a variety of instrumental, timbral and rhythmic configurations, where contemplation, introspection and reflection are proposed, without giving up lightness and sensitivity.
The group has already performed at Teatro Álvaro de Carvalho (TAC), Jurerê Jazz Festival 2017, Projeto Museu Musical at MASC, at TUM Sound Festival 2018, in Florianópolis, at Teatro Edith Gaertner, in Blumenau, and at Casa de CUltura Dide Brandão, in Itajaí.
in 2018, the group produced their first album, “Imagens”, consisting of 10 tracks.
Leo Garcia (Porto Alegre – RS, 1964)
Leo is a guitarist, pianist, producer and teacher, having been a professional musician since 1986.
Between 1980 and 1984, still in his hometown, he had private lessons with teacher/guitarist Francisco “Zezé” Silva and Musical Theory and Ear Training classes at OSPA (Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra) ).
After intense performance as a musician and teacher in the Gaucho music scene he settled in Portugal.
Living in Lisbon from 1989 to 1996, he developed activities as an instrumentalist and teacher, having studied jazz guitar improvisation with American guitarist Eddy Goltz, German guitarist Fredo Mergner, and João Maló, one of the leading Portuguese guitarists. He taught at the Center for Performing Arts in Trafaria, Portugal, in courses subsidized by the European Community (EC).
He returned to Brazil in 1996 and settled in Florianópolis – SC.
He graduated in music from UDESC (State University of Santa Catarina) in 2004, and from 2006 he worked as a teacher at that University, where he taught for eight years in the disciplines of Harmony, Counterpoint, Arrangement, Improvisation and Practice.
In 2008 and 2010 he recorded two albums with his compositions, with the quartet Coringas.
In 2018 he produced and recorded the album “Imagens”, with his group Leo Garcia Quarteto.
In July 2018 he participated as a teacher of the 3rd Academy Jazz Festival in Saracinesco, Italy, presenting the songs of his new album, in a group formed by renowned Italian musicians. This was his fourth tour in Italy, where he is constantly working with musicians of different nationalities.
Cristian Faig (Buenos Aires – Argentina)
Flautist and singer trained in classic transverse flute by the Carlos Lopez Buchardo Conservatory of Buenos Aires, his native city, since then has been performing an alternating career between erudite and popular performances, highlighting the interest and development of a language of improvisation that combines influences of tango, jazz, Argentine folklore and Brazilian music. Based in Florianópolis, his resume includes performances as the first flute player of the Santa Catarina Symphony Orchestra (OSSCA) and Camerata Florianópolis, besides integrating several local instrumental groups.
Pablo Lazarte (Buenos Aires – Argentina)
He is a guitarist and bassist, and has an academic background in music. He is a graduate of the Avellaneda School of Popular Music and has a postgraduate degree in Tango and Folklore at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory, both in Buenos Aires, his native city. In Florianópolis, he joined the trio Capotango, performing on stage in Argentina, Brazil, and in several European countries.
Alexandre Damaria (Florianópolis – SC)
Percussionist who acts as teacher and musician in groups of chorinho, samba, salsa and maracatu, having ministered several percussion workshops in the state of Santa Catarina. Member and founder of the Tijuquera group, he participated in several Brazilian percussion workshops with musicians Guello, Eder O’Rocha, Glen Vélez and Armando Marçal, among others. In 2000, in Rio de Janeiro, he was a student of Marcos Suzano (Brazilian pandeiro) and drummer Guilherme Gonçalves (the rhythm by its subdivisions). For two and a half years, he was part of the Rio Maracatu, where he served as a lecturer at the Centro Cultural Progresso (Circo Voador / RJ), Centro Cultural Maracatu Brasil and Sala Funarte. In Rio Maracatu, he was a first-time musician with performances at Bahia, Minas Gerais and throughout Rio de Janeiro. In 2011, he co-authored the book O Berimbau and gave a percussion workshop at the 38th Arts Meeting (ENARTE – Federal University of Pará – Belém / PA). In 2013, she participated in Rhythm World 23 – organized by the Chicago Human Rhythm Project -, as percussionist of the tap dance group Cia Trupe Toe. In 2014, he was percussionist in the joint show of Lenine and the Camerata of Florianópolis, that occurred in the programming of Jurerê Jazz Festival. He studied percussion at Escola Livre de Música de Florianópolis.