Deivito Garcia is one of the creators of Mi Casa, Tu Casa, Luna’s 2011 & 2012 Holiday Offering.
Deivito” Garcia (pronounced “Dave-ee-toh”) is a singer/songwriter, and collaborator, who specializes in a unique brand of music he calls “Spanglish “Guajirobilly.”
His sound, be it alternately in English or Spanish (or both), is an ambitious blend of the rural folkloric styles of Pan-Latin America – ranging from Mexico to Cuba to Puerto Rico to Colombia and Bolivia – along with his own original tunes as influenced by American Roots music, Southern Blues, Doo Wop music, Rockabilly and Outlaw Country music.
His approach is, not so much to push boundaries but to represent the very living, breathing, and evolving frontiers of overlapping cultural identities. His own reflection of this happens to emerge as an circuit between the rich histories of his own Caribbean, North American, and South American background.
It is Deivito’s belief that the deep introspection involved in personifying all of these culminating voices is the most open and honest way to live as an artist; as if by living as the sum of one’s ancestors and influences, one’s individuality emerges with the impetus of legacy.
With an ear open to the foundational influence of the past, Deivito’s artistic pursuits seem varying, and many strokes apart, yet they are at end all branches stemming from the same deep root-motif: “We are all one.”
His musical performances on acoustic guitar cover folk music from the Americas and original “Spanglish” works that are a sort of historian’s walk through Latin American gems emerging as new songs with the spirit of the old. He also has written a conceptual work entitled “The Black Spaniard” which presents such songs as a woven tapestry of one long song comprised of many.
Deivito performs solo and with friends such as Michael Aquino of the Sirs, Jodi Mozeika, and Heriberto Ramos. He was born in Elizabeth, NJ, has had cartoons published in Raygun Publishing’s Bikini Magazine and in the printed edition of Jersey Tomato Press, a short story published in Dirt Press: Volume One. His story “Word Is Bond” was shortlisted for the 2009 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. He is also a muralist and painter, and co-founded the annual Boro 6 Indie Music fest in Montclair. In good weather he can be found on Church Street in Montclair, serenading the birds.
Watch Deivito’s work on YouTube:
“Invisible Threads” (Black Spaniard Intro)
“Al Vaiven de Mi Carreta”
View some of Deivito’s art below:
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