Why did you begin studying music?
Music was in my family, Mom and Dad were musicians, so I was pushed into it by my parents. (This was in my homeland, Honduras) I didn’t know at the time, music was going to be one of the main forces in my life.
What are you doing with music right now?
I have been constantly working in the Tri-State area since I moved to Cincinnati, playing with my trio and working as a recording guitarist. My new years resolution in 2015 was not to take any gigs, instead lock myself in my house and practice, write and record my own music. So, that is what I am doing this year.
Guitarist Carlos Vargas
Located in the Cincinnati, OH
What’s your setup?
Who are some of your influences?
Lage Lund, Jim Hall, Gilad Hekselman, Pat Metheny, Mike Moreno, Brad Mehldau, Toninho Horta, Aca Seca Trio, Kurt Rosenwinkel.
Who have you studied with?
- Jim Smith
- Kim Pensyl
- Julio Zelaya
- Phil Degreg
- Bruno Mangueira
- Tom Quayle
What are some of your goals musically for the future?
Keep playing, recording and traveling.
Anything else you would like to add?
Carlos Vargas-Ortiz is a Honduran musician, arranger and music educator. He grew up in the lower-class Tegucigalpa suburb of Flor del Campo.
Carlos moved to Cincinnati in the spring of 2007 to pursue a music career. He was awarded a scholarship at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he earned two bachelor degrees in Jazz Guitar and Music Education.
As an active guitarist and singer in the Cincinnati music scene, Carlos performs and record with Ben Alexander, Ric Hordinski, Flawless Band, Tajci, Marvin Hawkins, with his trio and many other artist in the Tri State area.
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