Carlos Odria, PhD, is Visiting Assistant Professor in WSU’s Visual and Performing Arts Department. In this role, Odria, a Peruvian-born performer/scholar and a Worcester Jazz Festival featured artist, offers WSU students his expertise in world music, jazz, and musicology. In addition, he founded and directs Musica!, WSU’s first Latin American ensemble, and offers WSU students applied lessons in modern guitar.
Odria’s academic research has explored the intersections of music innovation, bodily practice, and the embodiment of moral notions through performance. He has published articles in the leading peer-reviewed journals within his area of expertise, including: Ethnomusicology, Latin American Music Review, and Ethnomusicology Forum. Other publications include a book chapter in “The Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation” and articles in Mundos Plurales and Cuadernos de Etnomusicología. In addition, he has a guest speaker at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (Lima, Peru), Middlebury College, Tallahassee Community College, and University of North Georgia.
As a guitarist, Odria has shared the stage with renowned jazz 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 performed his World Jazz Explorations concert at several academic institutions, including: UMass Boston, Clark University, Middlesex Community College, Muskingum University, and Darton State College. In addition, Odria has been a featured artist at national and regional festivals such as the Florida Folk Fest, Gamble Rogers Fest, and Worcester Jazz Fest. His most recent project, the Carlos Odria Trio was nominated for Best International Artist of the Year 2020 by the Boston Music Awards.
Other highlights of his career include: 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 (2014). His album El Rio was included in Worcester Magazine’s top 10 album in New England in 2019. In 2019, he composed and produced the soundtrack for the documentary film "El Rio," directed by Juan Carlos Galeano. The film won the 2019 Gaia Award and was officially selected for screening at the 2019 Ethnografilm Festival in Paris.