Fantasia Spagnola is dedicated to Italian bassist Gabriele Ragghianti who gave its premiere in Prague (Czech Republic) on Saturday 24 September 2016, as part of BASS2016 PRAGUE.
Simon Garcia writes: "Fantasia Spagnola is for unaccompanied double bass and was inspired by the Flamenco music of southern Spain. Melodically is built on the Flamenco mode, similar to the dominant Phrygian mode. For the character of the piece I thought in Buleria, it is a Flamenco´s "palo" where the rhythms of 3/4 and 6/8 are mixed with cheerful and festive character on which usually people clap palms and dance. To make more real the flamenco
feeling I used compositional techniques reminiscent guitar like pizzicato sounds, arpeggiated and fast chords, an Andalusian cadence and the constant feeling of change of binary and ternary time signatures. The piece consists of two main themes presented the first one with pizzicato and the second one with the bow. Commissionesd and dedicated to Gabriele Ragghianti, Fantasia Spagnola is a demanding piece for the player and uses all the range of the instrument."
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.