With years of critically acclaimed international performances between them,
Christopher Garcia and Dr. Jerónimo Rajchenberg founded Mexcla Music in 2014.
Garcia and Rajchenberg investigate the possibilities of new compositions for traditional,
globally-sourced instruments; each brings his unique cultural voice, musical vernacular,
rhythm, and color to their multifaceted music.
Since its inception, the duo has received acclaim in the United States and in
Europe from such respected sources as the Deutche Welle, NPR 's KPFK 90.7 FM
the Pasadena Weekly, San Francisco Classical Voice, and LatinoLA to name
just a few.
Mexcla Music has had numerous performances in the state of California,
they´ve been heard playing classical music, original compositions,
improvisations, and traditional music in a wide variety of concert settings.
Previous performance venues include:
The Roy O. Disney Concert Hall
(Los Angeles, CA,USA)
California Institue of the Arts
(Valencia, CA, USA)
The Harrison House
(Joshua Tree, CA, USA)
The Carriage House
(South Pasadena, CA, USA)
Westerbeck Recital Hall,Center for the Arts
(Pasadena, CA, USA)
The Wild Beast Concert Hall
(Valencia, CA, USA)
Open Gate Theater
(Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, CA, USA)
David Alpert Recital Hall
(LACC, CA, USA)
and in public libraries, universities
and at numerous private house concerts.
Garcia and Rajchenberg create music individually and collaboratively
using traditional and non-traditional notations, graphic notation, or
no notation at all; they combine compositional techniques from different
times and cultures to generate an ever-evolving voice that is at once
traditional and cosmopolitan.
(EAST LOS Angeles, CA, USA)
percussion of indigenous Mexico including:
ayacaxtli, ayotapalkatl, baa wehai, teponaztli,
tawitol, tehuehuetl, tlapan huehuetl
percussion of India:
tabla, kanjira, ghatam
percussion of the Americas y Europa
berimbau y marimba
Christopher is a a "native" of (East) Los Angeles,
(Belvedere, between Boyle Heights and Maravilla
in the county of (EAST) Los Angeles i.e., not the city.)
His background includes performances and compositions
in a wide variety of musical settings including;
chamber and symphonic music,
indigenous and traditional music of Mexico
ZAPPA music, percussion ensemble, soundtracks, and cartoon music (!)
with performances on 5 continents.
He continues to learn and hone his craft utilizing
percussion instruments of North and South India including:
tabla, kanjira, and ghatam,
along with indigenous percussion instruments of various regions Mexico including: Huehuetl, teponaztli, and baa wehai,
employing extended techniques using fingers, hands and stickings
in a variety of jazz, rock and world music settings.
He attributes his "style"(?) to Listening to EVERYTHING, and literally logging thousands
of hours while rehearsing, touring, composing, performing and recording with some of the most
creative musicians on the planet
MAKING MUSIC with people in real time all the
time, musicians interested in stretching
and re-inventing themselves throughout
the Americas, along with performances in:
Brazil, Costa Rica and Mexico, Canada, Europe
and Asia including performances in:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Korea, Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales.
His passion for music and its many facets,
learning and teaching it, is always in a precarious never
ending balance with his passion for the Supreme,
his familia and his music ...........
a never ending balancing act worth every millisecond
Jeronimo JXEL Rajchenberg
(Mexico City, MX)
string instruments of Europa y America
berimbau, charango, guitar,
prepared guitar, requinto jarocho
Lecturer and teacher at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where he just completed a doctorate degree in the Performer-Composer program 2015.
He graduated from the same program at the Masters level in 2012.
Jxel has been featured several times as a composer
and performer in concert halls such as REDCAT
(Walt Disney Concert Hall), Roy O. Disney Hall,
The Wild Beast in Los Angeles, California;
Stony Brooks University, in New York;
Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea,
in San Martín de los Andes, Argentina;
Festival Cervantino, Sala Blas Galindo,
Palacio de Bellas Artes, Sala Julián Carrillo de Radio UNAM, in México.
He collaborated with David Rosenboom for the projects AH! Opera-non-opera, performed at the REDCAT theater and In the begenning,
CD released by New World Records.
He has recorded original and non-original music at Capitol Records on different occasions.
His last commission was Altazor, to commemorate
the 75th anniversary of the National University of Mexico's Radio Station, Radio UNAM.
His commission by Radio UNAM in Mexico was performed live on air at the Julian Carrillo Concert Hall, in summer 2014.
In 2009, he was chosen among a select group of international performer-composers from around the world to work together in the University of Idyllwild.