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Carlos Barba

Carlos Barba completed his music degree at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has been an active performer and educator in the El Paso, Las Cruces, and Ciudad Juarez areas for almost a decade. From recital halls to night clubs, Carlos has provided entertainment for a wide variety of audiences. Classical and jazz have been the main focuses of his studies, but he constantly plays other styles such as pop, rock, gospel, funk, country, latin, and electronic music. He has to released three full-length albums.

Carlos currently teaches piano, guitar, and music theory at El Paso Music Learning Corner, as well as privately. He has taught well over 200 students throughout the last 7 years and is devoted to spreading the beauty and power of music through teaching and performing, specially among young people. Carlos also accompanies ballet classes and is an active musician in the non-profit arts education organization Kids Excel El Paso. He has also had extensive experience as a church pianist. Carlos has studied or taken lessons from Dr. Chris Reyman, Dr. Oscar Machionni, Reggie Moore, Larry Ham, Bert Dalton, Sean Higgins, Dr. Christos Tsitsaros, Mack Goldsbury, Erik Unsworth, and Shaun Mahoney, among others. Carlos has also played with the UTEP Jazz Ensemble for four years and has shared the stage with renowned singers Karrin Allyson, Roseanna Vitro, and Jackie Ryan.


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Take Five with Carlos Barba

Read "Take Five with Carlos Barba" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Carlos Barba Carlos Barba is an active performer, composer, educator, arranger, improvisor, producer, and multi-instrumentalist residing in El Paso, TX. He has recorded seven full-length albums as leader, two as sideman (Juan Pedro Macias Trio & Gabriel Balderas Quartet), two E.P./minidiscs, and two singles. The Carlos Barba Trio had the opportunity of opening for Antonio Sanchez & Migration Band in the Cd. Juarez International Jazz Festival 2019. He also shared the stage with renowned musicians Brian Lynch, Obed Calvaire, ...

Album Review

Carlos Barba Trio: Lightyears

Read "Lightyears" reviewed by Jim Olin

Stitching together a diverse blend of influences -classical, Latin, and experimental -the Carlos Barba Trio consistently engage and innovate on their new album Lightyears. While the Texas-based group is rooted in improvisation they never lose sight of accessible melodies, dynamic hooks, and emotional depth. This is cerebral jazz with a beating heart, introspective at times but never detached and incomprehensible. Barba is a gifted pianist with a poet's ear for instrumental dazzle. “Bluebird" opens with thumping avant-garde clatter ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


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Self Produced


The Owl

From: Afterlife
By Carlos Barba


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