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High-Energy World Jazz Ensemble
The Carlos Odria Trio is a high-energy acoustic ensemble that performs original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards and Latin American popular music. Consisting of upright bass, drums, and nylon string guitar, the group delivers an exciting blend of international styles such as bossanova, Afro-Peruvian festejo, rumba flamenca, and cumbia with an improvisational approach inspired by the rich tradition of American jazz.
Carlos Odria Trio releases new album!
" It’s difficult to say more about the Carlos Odria Trio’s new album, “El Rio,” other than that it’s gorgeous: Stunningly, jaw-droppingly, trying-not-to-weep-at-work beautiful. Guitarist Odria and his cohorts — drummer Thomas Spears and bassist Geoffrey Oehling — serve up a tapestry of Spanish music inflected with jazz that’s captivating from beginning to end..."
Victor D. Infante
LIVE INTERVIEW AND PERFORMANCE
" 'El Rio'... is one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful pieces of work in recent memory, each note flowing with seeming ease into an exquisite tapestry. The all-instrumental album catches the listener in a riptide of jazz and Spanish guitar, carrying them away to a musical place that’s achingly beautiful."
Mechanics Hall (MA)
Clark University (MA)
UMass Boston (MA)
Worcester State University (MA)
Middlebury College (VT)
Thomas University (GA)
Middlesex Community College (MA)
Muskingum University (OH)
Darton State College (GA)
Jazz Revelations Concert Series (RI)
Chelmsford Center for the Arts (MA)
University of North Georgia (GA)
Worcester Jazz Festival (MA)
Spanish Wine Festival (FL)
Wood and Wire Festival (MA)
StArt on the Street Festival (MA)
Florida’s Governor Mansion (FL)
Elm Park Concert Series (MA)
Gamble Rogers Music Festival (FL)
Florida Folk Festival (FL)
Medusa Brewery (Hudson, MA)
B Sharps Jazz Club (Tallahassee, FL)
Homefield Brewery (Sturbridge, MA)
The Stomping Ground (Putnam, CT)
Stone Cow Brewery (Barre, CT)
Tree House Brewing (Charton, MA)
The Parlor (Providence, RI)
The Bull Mansion (Worcester, MA)
Rye and Thyme (Leominster, MA)
Starlite Gallery (Southbridge, MA)
Bok Tower Gardens (Orlando, FL)
BirchTree Bread Company (Worcester, MA)
The UxLocale (Uxbridge, MA)
Lock 50 (Worcester, MA)
Hilton Boston-Woburb (Woburn, MA)
Nick's Worcester (Worcester, MA)
Fobes Memorial Library (Oakham, MA)
PRESS & QUOTES
WHAT IS WORLD JAZZ?
World Jazz is an approach more than a style. We use the framework of improvisation to create free flowing musical conversations on the stage, conversations that highlight our individual influences and backgrounds. Our focus is on The Groove. We want our audiences to feel the music, to dance, to connect with us through a high-energy performance. World Jazz delivers a synthesis of voices in conversation, while emphasizing the power of musical improvisation to establish creative multicultural dialogues.
All songs composed by Carlos Odria.
Peruvian-born guitarist Carlos Odria has been described as a "breathtakingly talented musician…with an immense technical skill" (Worcester Telegram) and as a "guitar wizard" (Gamble Rogers Fest). His original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards and Latin American tunes deliver an exciting blend of international styles such as bossanova, Afro-Peruvian festejo, rumba flamenca, and Afro-Caribbean grooves with an improvisational approach inspired by the rich tradition of American jazz. He holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the Florida State University, where he also obtained a Certificate in World Music.
In 2014, the debut album of Omnimusica, an ensemble in which Odria was the lead guitarist, was included on the official ballot for the 57th Grammy Awards, in the World Music category.
Dr. Odria has performed at numerous concert halls, universities, and festivals and has shared the stage with renowned jazz, classical, and world music artists such as Jeff Denson, Longineu Parsons, Leon Anderson, Jacksonville Children's Chorus, Mlimani Park Orchestra, Mia Gormandy, Haigiong Deng, Silviu Ciulei, Jorge Continentino, Jeff Brooks, and Etienne Charles. He has taught at Darton State College, Clark University, Worcester State University, and Clark University.