Carlos is a pioneering and innovative jazz musician whose instrument of choice is the Venezuelan cuatro. Considered to be one of the finest cuatro players in the world, his style exists at the intersection of jazz, world music, and his own deeply personal artistic vision. He has performed in over twenty countries, sharing the stage with international artists Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, George Garzone, Oscar Stagnaro, Paquito D’ Rivera, Simon Diaz, Aldemaro Romero, Ruben Blades, Danny Rivera and others.
Born in Guayana, Bolívar, Carlos began classical piano at age seven and was introduced to the cuatro in high school. At fifteen, he was the youngest winner of the First International Competition of Cuatro (La Siembra del Cuatro). He went on to teach cuatro at the Conservatory Simon Bolivar, and for five years was Professor and Director of the Youth Orchestra of the Venezuelan Simón Bolívar (El Sistema), founded by Jose Antonio Abreu. Carlos studied Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music and in 2012, was the first cuatro player to graduate from the school.
His 2007 album Capacho y Cuatro received the Gold Record National Sales Award and Evolucíon reached platinum record sales in Venezuela for an instrumental album in 2009.
Carlos lives in Boston where he is currently writing the first Cuatro Instructional Method. He is the founder of “The Cuatro Project,” which uses music with Venezuelan roots to form a multicultural expansion of jazz which incorporates elements of world, folk, fusion, and rock music.