Russell wrote his auto-biography before he passed away at age 95 in New Zealand, on 20 Nov 2011. Russell was a world renowned composer-arranger-conductor who has written music for over 100 films. He is known for his innovative music score for the film “Time Machine”. Garcia is also known in both the TV and recording fields and has composed music for countless TV shows such as, Rawhide, Twilight Zone, Laredo, and The Virginian. He has recorded many CDs in his own right, with stars such as, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Vic Damone, Judy Garland, Oscar Peterson, Julie London, to name a few. Garcia has also written 2 best-selling text books The Professional Arranger-Composer “ Book I and Book II, which have been translated into 6 languages. He is known for his symphonic and classical works, which have been performed by the New Zealand Symphony, Munich Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, plus countless Radio Symphony Orchestras throughout Europe. He was often a guest lecturer at many universities around the world on Symphonic Composition Techniques. Russell and his wife Gina made New Zealand their home in 1971 while continuing to work in the Music and Film Industry. He was awarded the Queens Service Medal for his service to music in 2009.
The master composer worked alongside music luminaries such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald,
Vic Damone, Mel Torme’, Frances Faye, Judy Garland and Charlie Chaplin, to name a few. His
Autobiography, “I Have Hundreds of Stories, Some of Them True” was endorsed by Music Legend
Quincy Jones. His music was often written as a “ghost writer”, and his legacy inspired many.
His name was Russell Garcia and his life story and legacy are spectacular.The Queen of England awarded him, as well as his wife Gina, the esteemed Queens Service Medal of Honor for their astounding work and service to music.
Russell Garcia was known as the “go to guy,” back in the days in Hollywood when so many great musical projects including radio shows, TV and movie scores were the norm. Garcia composed the music for several famous movies including; Photo of: Russell and Gina’s Famous Hollywood home The Time Machine Movie, Limelight, Atlantis, The Lost Continent. In the 1960’s he fulfilled an amazing dream with his wife Gina. Together they designed their Hollywood/Mulholland home, “The Garcia~Rainbow House,” completed in 1962 with famous architect John Lautner. The home was used in the Lethal Weapon 2 Movie. The house was so spectacular that it became a “must see” on the Hollywood Home Tour bus stops and remains showcased today.
The house was so spectacular that it became a “must see” on the Hollywood Home Tour bus stops and remains showcased today. Russell Garcia had an extraordinary start to his music career when at age 7 he wrote his first symphony, which was debuted, at the time, by the Oakland Symphony.
Equally as fascinating and extraordinary, was the Garcia family decision
to later sell the “Rainbow” Dream home. They sold it at the height of his Hollywood career in the 1960’s. They bought a Trimaran sailboat and named her “Dawn Breaker.” Russell learned navigation together with his beloved
wife, Gina and they sailed the South Pacific for 6 years. They taught what
they believed were life changing principles of acceptance, unity, equality,
oneness and love. Gina’s biography tells of the sailing journey~ “ Adventures
Eventually the Garcias settled in New Zealand where his wife Gina still resides today.
Garcia also became world famous for 2-Best Selling Text Books, “The Professional Arranger~Composer” Book 1 and Book 2 which have been translated into 6 languages. He is known for his symphonic and classical works which have been performed by The New Zealand Symphony, Munich Symphony, The Vienna Symphony, plus countless Radio Symphony Orchestras across Europe. Throughout his career he was frequently invited as a guest conductor and gave lectures at many universities around the world.
The Build a Better World Foundation was established by Gina Garcia and their grand daughter, Kristy Corwin in 2016 to continue the Garcia’s work supporting children and youth in the arts and music, as well as honoring music professionals. The Foundation produces events and raises funds for Projects and Charitable Organizations that support, education, social justice, natural health, sustainability, science, music and the arts.
Before Russell passed away at age 95 he had worked as a world renowned composer, arranger, conductor of music on over 100 films and continued to work up until two weeks before his passing.
Coming in 2021 Russell Garcia’s fascinating life and legacy will finally be shared with the world in a documentary film called:
“I Lived a Charmed Life.” (The Story of a Music Master)
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