Aaron garcia

Kelly Livingston and Ron Samuels Fellow


“In the midst of blood-curdling primal screams, walls of guitar feedback, and the blur of sweaty bodies flying all around me, as a guitarist I’ve performed in countless basements, dive bars, warehouses, while recording and self-releasing albums with my closest friends. The sub-culture of the DIY punk and hardcore community deeply informs my creative process in social, political, and philosophical mindsets, remaining an integral part of my identity while I’ve been introduced to the vibrant and ever-evolving world of classical music.” 

— Aaron Garcia

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Aaron Garcia (b. 1990, Chicago) is a Brooklyn based composer and guitarist. Aaron's music is heavily influenced by the DIY punk scene and actively aims to blur the lines between band/ensemble and song/composition. Aaron is a founding member of multimedia collective, Transfer is Available, the co-owner of indie label, people | places | records, and works part-time at Cantaloupe Music. Aaron composes and performs guitar in this place is actually the worst, small caps, and formerly, Guillemet.

Aaron holds a Master of Music in Theory and Composition degree at New York University where he studied privately with Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe. Aaron received his Bachelor of Music degree at Columbia College Chicago. His past composition teachers include Marcos Balter, David Reminick, Drew Baker, Tim Edwards, and Ilya Levinson. Aaron is a Bang on a Can Summer Festival 2017 alumni.

Aaron enjoys biking, sci-fi, video games, and vegetarian tacos. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner and two cats.