Carlos Barba completed his bachelor's degree in commercial music and master's degree in piano performance at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has been an active performer and educator in the El Paso, Las Cruces, and Ciudad Juarez areas for a decade. From recital halls to night clubs, Carlos has provided entertainment for a wide variety of audiences. Classical and jazz have been the main focuses of his studies, but he constantly performs and collaborates in other styles such as r&b, neo-soul, hip-hop, pop, Cuban son/salsa, Brazilian bossa and choro, rock, gospel, funk, world music, and electronic music.
Carlos has recorded four albums as leader, two as sideman, one E.P./minidisc, and two singles. He is constantly writing, arranging, producing, and recording music. The Carlos Barba Trio had the opportunity of opening for Antonio Sanchez & Migration Band in the Cd. Juarez International Jazz Festival 2019. He also shared the stage with renowned musicians Brian Lynch, Obed Calvaire, Matt Penman, and Aaron Goldberg in the Guadalajara International Jazz Festival 2017 with Gabriel Balderas Quartet.
Carlos is a bandleader in Carlos Barba Trio and a sideman in a variety of projects including Speak No Evil, Scatterbrain, The Vitruvian Project, Juan Pedro Organ Trio, Gabriel Balderas Quartet, Orlando Madrid Quartet, EP Jazz Collective, and Havana Quintet, among others.