David Garza at the Ángela Peralta
By BC May
David Garza, the lead singer with the very popular San Miguel-based blues band Vudu Chile, will perform a solo concert at Teatro Ángela Peralta on August 28 at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale at the box office.
Wed, Aug 28, 7:30pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
Garza grew up in Texas City, Texas and began singing in an a capella group in church. By the time he was a teenager he was able to improvise on the traditional melodies. Then came college and a series of jobs that paid the rent but did not feed the soul. An encounter with a fine artist where he was working led to the suggestion that he read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Skeptical at first by what he dismissed as “new age mumbo jumbo” he gave it a try. The simple exercises of writing morning pages and going on an “artist date” once a week led him back to music. Like so many thousands of people who have read this remarkable work and had the discipline to follow the suggestions, David Garza became the artist he was meant to be.
He began to compose his own songs. “I am not story teller. My songs try to capture that single moment in time that produces a strong feeling, an emotional response that forms an indelible memory: the loss of a loved one, the joy of just being alive, the melody that lingers all your life.” A fan from France called Garza “an evocatuer”… one whose music evokes a strong memory of a meaningful moment, an emotion associated with a fleeting impression that never goes away. Garza sites the influences of Lennon and McCartney (“Across The Universe”), Willie Nelson (hopefully he will treat the audience to his soulful version of “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain”) and even Cole Porter. Garza has amazing control of his baritone voice. He effortlessly moves from falsetto to rock growls never straining and always capturing even the subtlest of lyrics. “I like to think that I never sing any song the same way twice. As an artist who on each given night brings the experience of the life lived since the last time I sang it. The differences in interpretation may be small but are an important part of my work as an interpreter– even my original material. That way each song is fresh, each interpretation reflects who I am at that moment, how life has affected me is embraced in how I approach the work.”