Jeremy Garcia, a trained classical guitarist, has made a successful transition to flamenco. Originally self-taught, Jeremy later earned a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi and Masters Degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
While at SMU, Jeremy became the first guitarist to appear with the Southern Methodist University Wind Ensemble in 1997. Furthermore, he was featured as a soloist with The Fort Worth Men's Chorus that same year and appeared at the Southwest Guitar Festival in San Antonio (1998) as a member of the SMU Guitar Quartet.
Jeremy gave his professional debut classical recital on March 26, 1999 at the Texas A&M University campus in Corpus Christi, TX. A portion of that recital was televised on the ABC affiliate in that city. In 2001, while preparing for a concert at the University of Houston, Clear Lake, Jeremy began working with other musicians creating his own music. Drawing from his classical studies, and love for the music of Spain and Latin America, Jeremy developed original works based in improvisation and a marked flamenco influence. As the co-founder of the Garcia y Reyna, Jeremy has performed in California, New Mexico, New York City, the Vail, Colorado International Dance Festival, and Las Vegas. The band also released a CD, "Baile del Sol," in 2004 featuring all original music.
As a soloist, Jeremy has appeared with the Fort Bend Symphony in a performance of Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” in the fall of 2006. He was asked by conductor, John Ricarte, to perform the Aranjuez a second time with the Brazosport Symphony in the spring of 2007. On the same concert, Jeremy performed an original concerto that he co-composed for two guitars and orchestra – “Concierto Nuevo Flamenco.”
In the fall of 2007, Jeremy established Café Khytaro, a new musical project and in the spring of 2008, Café Khytaro released “Distancia,” featuring original music and a variety of guest artists.
In addition to his own music, Jeremy has appeared as a guest artist on recordings in the following genres: alternative rock, jazz, and R&B. It is his love and respect of the music of Spain, however, and especially the art of flamenco that led Jeremy to traditional flamenco music. It was here that Jeremy met and began working with Cantaora, Irma La Paloma. Their ability to collaborate on stage, combined with a similar philosophy in the study and approach to flamenco, led them to create Solero Flamenco in 2009. They perform regularly in a variety of venues in the Houston area and have appeared as guest performers in the Dallas Flamenco Festival where they collaborated with some of today’s top flamenco artists. In the flamenco setting, Jeremy is known as, "Jeremias el Valiente."
Since his flamenco career began, Jeremy has performed with many top artists including, Antonio Hidalgo, Pilar Andújar, Antonio Arrebola, Chayito Champion, has accompanied workshops of artists, La Tania, Domingo Ortega, and Omayra Amaya.
Along with Irma La Paloma, his partner in Solero Flamenco, the two have founded and direct the Houston Spanish and Flamenco Festival. This unique festival emphasizes Art, Education, and Culture through the collaboration of Solero Flamenco, San Jacinto College and the Consul General of Spain in Houston. Since 2011, the HSFF has brought a variety of artists to Houston to present unparalleled performances and workshops. Flamenco for Kids and Teens, which began at the festival, has grown into Houston's largest interactive performance/demonstration intended to introduce a whole new generation to this artform.
Presently, he resides in Houston where he directs the guitar program at San Jacinto College while maintaining a busy performance schedule.
"- masterfully executed guitar work and a relentless Spanish rhythm."
Alexander Dorian, Houstonbands.net
"...incredible finger fire."
Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle
"...the group's distinct style and beautiful melodies continue to dazzle Houston audiences."
Deborah Rowe, Houston Arts View
"...great technical skill with a deft sense of style"
David Ragsdale, Kingwood Observer
"...mesmerizing...fiery and passionate..."
Jim Shortt - The Scene Magazine
“…9 tracks of flawless perfection...fiery, passionate and virtuoso flamenco performance...CD definitely worth getting..."
Alexander Dorian of houstonmusicreview.com
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