Garcia, arr. Eduardo Rojas
La Gata Golosa
La Gata Golosa (“The Greedy Cat”) is one of the most famous and beloved melodies of Colombia. It is a pasillo (literally, “little step”) – a South American musical genre related to the waltz. Originally named Soachita after the children of the Soacha area of Bogota, Garcia renamed it after a restaurant (piqueteadoro) he frequented. The restaurant’s name was actually La Gaité Gauloise (meaning French gaiety) but was nicknamed La Gata Golosa by the local customers. This virtuoso piano arrangement by Eduardo Rojas draws out many moods and musical colors from these delightful melodies while remaining playful and upbeat.