Guitarist - PhD Ethnomusicology
Executive Director at WCCA TV 13 New England Jazz Pianist, Vocalist, and Composer
Carlos Odria plays quite a bit in the area. He is fantastic! I am sure you are going to love his brand of music.
Director of PM Jazz Non-Profit Organization (Providence, RI)
Your trio was amazing yesterday, and our audience loved your playing. Seriously, you gave me chills!
Dr. Karl Barton
Chair of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies Thomas University, GA
Carlos is both a joy to listen to and perform with. His technique and versatility as a guitarist is unparalleled, and this region has been truly blessed with his presence. May his journeys always bring him back to the people and places that have benefited from his musical gifts!
Odria's virtuosity extends across many domains and is grounded in his musical upbringing in his native Lima, Peru.
Associate Professor of Jazz Florida A&M University
Carlos Odria is one of the finest musicians I've ever had the pleasure of performing with. His mastery of the instrument, his flawless technique, and his soulful and gutsy improvisations make him one of my favorite musicians to share the stage with.
Rosalinda Wright, Ph.D.
Rosalinda Wright, Ph.D. Chair, Foreign Languages Tallahassee Community College, FL
I would like to thank you for the wonderful musical presentation that you shared with us here at TCC. It was excellent, a wonderful opportunity for students to have a better understanding of the many cultures that have impacted Latin America’s music. The students enjoyed it very much and my students in particular shared with me that they loved having the opportunity to interact with the music and each other. You played beautifully and I could have listened for much longer!
Cultural Programs Producer, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Department of State
Carlos Odria has been a frequent cultural community resource in Tallahassee, Miami, and through the state for those seeking to present Latin or South American traditional music, as well as Traditional Peruvian Guitar music, Flamenco Guitar, or Latin Jazz Guitar... He is an extremely versatile folk performer as well as contemporary jazz recording artist. Mr. Odria is a wonderful ambassador for the traditional music of South and Central America...The Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Museum of Florida History have on a number of occasions, invited him to demonstrate his traditional music proficiency in-concert... Mr. Odria's recent concerts at the Governor's Mansion during October's Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations were very well received.
Dr. M. Brent Williams
Concertmaster Albany Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony Orchestra, Valdosta State University
I am writing on behalf of the Department of Music at Valdosta State University to thank you for your visit...It was wonderful to have you share your expertise with our students and we are certain that the knowledge you imparted to them will remain with them for the rest of their careers.
Carlos Odria is a breathtakingly talented musician, fusing elements of Latin American folk music, Spanish flamenco, jazz and Afro-Peruvian rhythms into a fascinating mélange... it's impossible to not be struck by the lush sound, the immense technical skill and sheer beauty he creates.
Joël C. Johnson
Assistant Professor of Music Industry and Modern Guitar, Albany State University, Music Director & Guitarist for "Cody ChesnuTT"
I have been a fan of Dr. Carlos Odria for several years. He is definitely one of my favorite musicians. His ability to express himself as a versatile and delightful guitarist/composer is matched by his astute knowledge of Latin-American music traditions. Whenever possible, I treat myself to his concerts and lectures.
Dr. Dale A. Olsen
Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology Florida State University
Carlos Odria is the finest jazz guitarist with whom I have ever played.
President Spanish Wine Festival City of St. Augustine, FL
We have featured many musical performances at the St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival over the years, but never have we seen a performance like the one you and your trio gave on Friday evening. The bishop told me he could "feel the positive energy in the crowd" and our dinner guests ...well, they didn't want to get off the dance floor! Everyone told me they wished that the evening could go on forever, and I attribute that to the music and your performance. It was simply exquisite! Thank you for the Latin rhythms and for the fun you injected into our event.
Homefield Tapas Bar and Brewing, Owner. Sturbridge, MA
Carlos Odria...What else can we say? He's the best guitar player on the planet. Seriously.
President, The White Springs Folk Club, FL
Carlos Odria’s skills with the guitar quickly made it apparent that we were listening to a master artist, fluent in the varied styles of Latin America Folk and Flamenco music. His stage presence and performance was commanding, yet his easy rapport with the audience, as he spoke of his music’s many origins and varied styles, made us all feel like we had a friend and a mentor on stage. To sum up a performance by Carlos Odria in two words is easy..... Unparalleled Excellence!
Director, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Department of State
Carlos Odria is an amazing musician and an exceptional individual. His talent captures an enticing tempo and authentic originality rich in rhythms, composition and outstanding technique. Carlos’ passion is evident in every single piece he plays, transporting the listener to a realm of beauty, satisfaction and endless imagination.