born 1977, Lisbon.


Margarida Garcia (Lisbon, 1977) has been developing since the mid-nineties a very personal 
and distinct language for electric contrabass. Simple, melodious, slow, sub-aqueous, throbbing 
and melancholic. She moves well beyond contemporary improv praxis with a coil that runs 
deep into the contemporary psychedelic underground. Before relocated in New York in 2004, 
where she lived for seven years and was found regularly playing concerts with Loren Connors 
and Marcia Bassett, she was a very present figure in the subterraneous sound of Lisbon. There, 
she met guitarist Manuel Mota, close collaborator since her musical beginnings - their very first 
joint release dates back to 1998. Her explorations of mostly darkly dramatic arco space, in 
deeply muddy, quiet territory, have been also encountered in collaborations with Thurston 
Moore, David Maranha, Gabriel Ferrandini, Mattin and Nöel Akchoté among others.
Visual arts play also an important role in her activity, having published a book of drawings, 
made several exhibitions, and artwork for many music releases.
Since 2014 she lives between Lisbon and Antwerp, where she works frequently with ensemble
Graindelavoix, from Björn Schmelzer, in its various artistic endeavors.