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El Rio (2019)
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The Carlos Odria Trio is a high-energy acoustic ensemble that performs original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards and Latin American popular music. It 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.
Thomas Spears – drum set
Thomas Spears studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. He is highly regarded for his work as a percussionist, both in the studio and on stage, with local and international artists. He is one of the founding members of the Worcester Jazz Collective, a group that fuses Western art music with jazz and a variety of improvisational styles. As an accompanist, Thomas can be found working with Dale LePage and the Manhattans, The Worcester Jazz Collective, Trina Vargas, the Carlos Odria Trio, and other jazz and cabaret artists in the New England area. He recently completed an international tour with violinist Sirena, a Sony recording artist.
Carlos Odria – guitar
Carlos Odria, PhD, is a guitarist/scholar currently teaching as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Worcester State University. He has been a featured artist at the Florida Folk Festival, and the Worcester Jazz Festival. Odria has performed at several other music festivals, concert halls, and more than fifteen universities across the US and his native Peru. With the Carlos Odria Trio (COT) and other projects, he has played concerts at Clark University, Jacoby Symphony Hall, UMass Boston, Middlebury College, University of Florida, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Mechanics Hall and other venues. He has been described as a “breathtakingly talented musician…with an immense technical skill” (Worcester Telegram) and as a “guitar wizard” (Gamble Rogers Festival). In 2014, the debut album of Omnimusica, a band in which he participated as the lead guitarist, was included on the official ballot for the 57th Grammy Awards, in the World Music category. His most recent trio album ‘El Rio’ (2019) has been praised as “gorgeous…[s]tunningly, jaw-droppingly, trying-not-to-weep-at-work beautiful” (Worcester Telegram). The Carlos Odria Trio has been nominated for ‘Best Jazz Act’ at the Worcester Music Awards and ‘International Artist of the Year” at the Boston Music Awards. www.Carlosodria.com
Tom Lubelczyk – electric bass
Tom Lubelczyk has been a part of the Worcester Music Scene for the past two decades. He has been active in both the jazz and Irish folk communities. In 2014 he was one of the cofounders of the Worcester Jazz Collective, a group that brings together a wide range of Worcester’s jazz musicians. For his work with the WJC, Tom was named one of Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2018. The WJC has been awarded several Worcester Music Awards. In 2019 Tom was awarded a fellowship grant from the Worcester Arts Council. A passionate advocate for both Worcester and its jazz community, he is always seeking opportunities to bring people together and strengthen ties.