Carlos Bastidas & Mapale mixes Colombian coastal rhythms with Cuban and other traditions on this feel-good musical journey. Carlos Bastidas is the Winner of the Latin-American Achievement Award for Toronto's Best Musical Expression Carlos Bastidas is an ambassador of Colombian music in Toronto, Canada. His unique playing style has evolved from being classically trained on the bassoon. Carlos' music is best described as an innovative blend of traditional Colombian, Andean, and Jazz music. Carlos completed a Masters of Music from the University of Ottawa and also earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. He is now a faculty member at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, in the World Music Department. Carlos has performed with classical music ensembles as well as several world music ensembles in the United States, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Cuba. In Canada, he has performed at the Harbourfront Centre, Canadian National Exhibition, Ontario Place, Word on the Street Festival, Celebrate Toronto Street Festival at Dundas Square, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, The Living Arts Center in Mississauga for the Latin American Achiement Awards, the Museum of the Civilization in Ottawa and other venues. "Thanks for a great evening of Latin music! On behalf of the Ontario Place team, you and your band were great!" -Lori Todd, Manager, Events & Entertainment, Ontario Place "The pieces recorded by Carlos on "Pasion Latina" are musically very well-crafted, with high quality of interpretation. They are bringing some of the beautiful, lesser-known Colombian rhythms, to audiences in this part of the continent" - Spanish Daily Newspaper-El Popular "Carlos... your performance was certainly a highlight!" - Maggie Rust, The Word on the Street Toronto.