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On stage from the age of five, Carlos Reyes never ceases to amaze. World renowned for his mastery of the Paraguayan Harp and Violin he has touched the hearts and spirits of people around the globe. From performances on the streets of Havana to the Vatican, his music transcends all boundaries. Described as "Santana meets Gipsy Kings", Carlos bridges traditional musical genres and mesmerizes audiences with unique fusions of Blues, Rock, Jazz, Latin and Classical styles.
Born in Paraguay to a world-famous musician and national hero, Carlos began to play the violin at age three and a half under his father's strict tutelage. He moved to the United States as a child and continued to develop his already extraordinary musical talent. At age ten, he debuted on harp with the Oakland Symphony and made his debut on violin with the Oakland Youth Symphony at age fourteen.
He continued to develop his talent on both harp and violin, establishing himself as a successful solo artist, touring the world and also sharing the stage with a long list of musical superstars such as Steve Miller, The Doobie Brothers, Clint Black, Chuck Mangione, Charlie Daniels, Wynona Judd, Willie Nelson, and many, many others. Bay Area audiences have recently been fortunate to see Carlos in concert with legendary slide guitarist Roy Rogers as well as other musical talents such as acclaimed acoustic guitarist Peppino D'Agostino.
In addition to his profound mastery of harp and violin, Carlos also plays guitar, bass, mandolin, and keyboards; and is a well-respected producer, composer, and engineer. He has consistently broken technical and musical boundaries and pioneered techniques that have expanded musical possibilities for musicians and audiences alike. Standing ovations are the norm, not the exception -- when Carlos and his aptly named band "The Electrick Symphony" performs.
The magnitude of Carlos' musical talent is matched only by his spirit and generosity. His passion for helping others is evident through his frequent appearances at benefits such as Hope for Haiti, the Voices of Latin Rock, the Animal Rescue Foundation, work with local school districts and numerous community events.