Argentine musician Rodolfo García, drummer of the emblematic rock bands Almendra and Aquelarre, died at dawn this Tuesday at the age of 75, days after having suffered a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) that caused him brain death, informed sources of his environment.
“A huge shame. Rodolfo García left. Thank you for the art, thank you for your infinite humanity. And a moved hug for the whole family,” tweeted specialized journalist Eduardo Fabregat.
García, who was in full swing, vanished at his home on April 28. He underwent emergency surgery but had an irreversible diagnosis of brain death.
“Warm friend, undisputed reference, committed to our work, beautiful person, great musician. We will miss you dear Rodo,” Argentine drummer, singer and songwriter Andrea Álvarez tweeted this Tuesday.
In addition to being the founder in 1970 with his friend Luis Alberto Spinetta of the Almendra group, a pillar of the prolific Argentine rock movement also made up of the guitarist Edelmiro Molinari and the bassist Emilio del Guercio, García participated in other well-remembered bands such as Aquelarre (1972- 1978), Tantor (1978-1983), La Barraca (1989-1993) and in recent years, Jaguar.
From the drums, he also accompanied figures of Argentine popular music such as Litto Nebbia, Víctor Heredia, Peteco Carabajal and Alejandro del Prado.
“Dear Rodolfo, your unmistakable sound and your extraordinary humanity are going to be two strong things to miss. Wherever you are, you know that we accompany you and love you, always. Thank you for everything you gave us,” wrote the musician Pedro Aznar , last Wednesday when Garcia suffered the stroke.
In 2014, he was National Director of Arts during the government of former President Cristina Kirchner (2007-2015) and was recognized as a promoter of culture and music, supported independent projects and solidarity initiatives, and accompanied social and union demands.
“Thank you Rodolfo García, for everything, not only for the Music, thank you for so much. The world is a little better after your time here,” tweeted musician Ignacio Montoya Carlotto, son of disappeared during the dictatorship (1976-1983 ) and the recovered grandson of the president of Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, Estela de Carlotto.
The rocker Iván Noble also fired him on Twitter: “Good trip, Rodolfo García. Thanks for the music.”