Carlos has 30 years’ experience as a teacher, performer, composer, band leader & conductor
Performing "Chiapas". An original work for full symphony orchestra, choir and solo Andean Bass Chromatic Pan Pipes (Zampoñas). Commissioned by Santa Sabina College.
Carlos and Dr. Daniel Rojas perform as a duet (piano/ traditional South American instruments) showcasing their love of Latin American music.
A professional multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, he is regularly commissioned to write works for choirs, orchestras, soloists, small chamber ensembles, world music and jazz bands. His music has featured in Australian films. Following his 1997 ARIA Award nomination and his 1999 Australian Word Music Award, in the year 2000, Carlos was approached by Baz Luhrmann to write the music for the tango scene in the Oscar nominated film “Moulin Rouge”. While he was unable to undertake the commission, this request from Luhrmann highlights Carlos’s professionalism and commitment to high musical standards.
Carlos’ music and life was captured in a four-part documentary series entitled “Viva”, screened on SBS TV and other national and international cable networks. In “Viva” he traces his musical heritage travelling back to Latin America.
Carlos is also a highly-regarded music educator, teaching and performing music in schools around Australia, Asia and Latin America. His ability to connect with children and his passion for children’s music education led him to feature since 2015 in the ABC Kids TV program “Lah Lah’s Adventures”.
Carlos conducting his GEKO ORCHESTRA (Guitars & Ukuleles) for which he writes and composes all their repertoire and tuition materials.