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Through more than 200 works composed for a wide range of performance genres including interdisciplinary, site specific, and works with and without electronics for orchestra, choir, soloists, and a variety of chamber ensembles, Orlando Jacinto Garcia has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has often been described as “time suspended- haunting sonic explorations” qualities he developed from his studies with Morton Feldman among others.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1954, Garcia migrated to the United States in 1961. In demand as a guest composer, he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from a variety of organizations and cultural institutions including the Rockefeller, Fulbright, Knight, Dutka, Civitella Ranieri, Bogliasco, and Cintas Foundations, the State of Florida, the MacDowell and Millay Colony, and the Ariel, Noise International, Matiz Rangel, Nuevas Resonancias, Salvatore Martirano, and Bloch International Competitions. Most recently he has been the recipient of 4 Latin Grammy nominations in the best Contemporary Classical Composition Category (2009-11, 2015). With performances around the world at important venues by distinguished performers, his works are recorded on New Albion, O.O. Discs, CRI /New World, Albany, North/South, CRS, Rugginenti, VDM, Capstone, Innova, CNMAS, Opus One, Telos, and Toccata Classics.
Garcia is the founder and director of the NODUS Ensemble, the Miami Chapter of the International Society for Contemporary Music, the New Music Miami ISCM Festival, and is a resident composer for the Miami Symphony Orchestra. A dedicated educator, he is Professor of Music, Distinguished University Professor, and Composer in Residence for the School of Music at Florida International University.
Francesca Padilla is a Dominican-American fiction writer born/raised in New York City. Most recently, she is the recipient of a Walter Dean Myers Grant from We Need Diverse Books, a Pink Door fellowship, and publication in Rough Magick, an anthology edited by Francesca Lia Block and Jessa Marie Mendez. She is currently at work on a young adult novel.
Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel (prefers to be called Ketsia) was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti, currently lives in Florida. She is married and has three children. Ketsia earned a bachelor’s from Tufts University and a masters in English from University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is an adjunct instructor in the humanities department at Miami Dade College.
Her children’s book, Beauty Walks in Nature, received a 2020 Purple Dragonfly Award for promoting diversity and inclusion. She was a recipient of the 2017 and 2019 State of Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Award for storytelling. Her debut novel, Rope, received four stars from Readersview.com. Kirkus review provided an insightful review as well. Other publications include “How to Get Up When Your Man’s Been on Da Down-Low” published in Faultline: Journal of Arts and Letters volume 23; “Le Bon Berger” published in So Spoke The Earth, edited by M.J. Fievre. “Kako Blood” in the Caribbean Writer, 2011; “Mercy at the Gate” in Haiti Noir, edited by Edwidge Danticat, 2011; “Haiti: a Cigarette Burning at both Ends” in Butterfly Ways: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States, edited by Edwidge Danticat, 2001; and “The Mango Tree” in Compost Magazine, 1994. Her children’s books include Beauty Walks in Nature (2010), Songs from a Tower (2009), Keeper of the Sky (2007), One More Daughter, America (2006), Daughter of the House (2005), A Fish Called Tanga (2003), I’ll Fly Away (1999).