Lucca's March is a fun and lively work which is playable by bass quartet or with larger forces. It was composed for Bass2018 in Lucca (Italy) but, due to various circumstances, was not performed receiving it's premiere on Saturday 22 September 2018 by the massed basses of the Wells Double Bass Weekend (Wells, Somerset), directed by David Heyes.
Lucca's March is light-hearted and full of rhythmic momentum, ideal as the first or final work in a concert, and is suitable for bassists of different ability levels. The theme is catchy and singable, with supportive accompaniments, and the piece piece brims with life and good humour.
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 fifty 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.