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Trio Bakano


ACTU to present world music fusion group on Friday

Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) will present world music fusion group Trio Bakano as part of the Friday at Noon series on Nov. 13. The concert will take place in the chapel of the Thomasville First United Methodist Church, 425 N. Broad St. in Thomasville.

Trio Bakano performs a diverse array of Latin American musical styles and genres, from Afro-Peruvian festejos and Brazilian bossa novas to flamenco-tinged rumbas and Latin jazz classics.

Guitarist Carlos Odria directs the guitar program and teaches courses on world music and music appreciation as a faculty member at Darton State College in Albany, Georgia. He holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Florida State University. Odria’s virtuosity extends across many domains and is grounded in his musical upbringing in his native Lima, Peru.

Bassist Brian Hall is an Associate Professor of Music at Florida A&M University. He has performed with leading Latin and jazz music artists including Ellis Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Longineu Parsons and Christian Tamburr. Hall currently performs with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra's Jazz Ensemble.

Percussionist Michael Bakan is Professor of Ethnomusicology and Head of the World Music Ensembles Program at FSU. He has performed with everyone from Tito Puente and championship gamelan orchestras in Bali, Indonesia, to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Rudolf Serkin. Bakan has been an invited performer or speaker at institutions ranging from Harvard University to the Berklee College of Music. He is the author of several books and more than 50 published articles on various world music and ethnomusicology topics. 

“"I have had the opportunity to work with Bakan and Hall before, and Odria recently completed his doctorate, so they are really first-rate musicians,” stated series coordinator Karl Barton. “They have been gracious enough to invite me to join them for part of the program, and I hope that people will join us for this exciting concert of world music.”

Merging deep roots in Latin American musical traditions with a cosmopolitan approach that also draws from music cultures and traditions the world over. Trio Bakano offers a unique spin on Latin music and jazz that is at once innovative, exciting and accessible. 

The concert is free and open to the public. A complimentary luncheon provided by the church will follow the performance. For additional information call 229-227-6964 or email

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