The prominent Dominican trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist Francisco Guillermo Carías Marra, better known as Guillo Carías, has passed away.
“It is with great sadness that we announce today the passing of an incredible husband, father, grandfather, friend, teacher and Gentleman, Guillo Carias, in Cary North Carolina, surrounded by his loving family,” the artist’s page posted on Facebook.
The musician, a native of San Juan de la Maguana, lived in North Carolina, in the United States, was one of the most important Dominican musicians, raising the tricolor value of the country as a musician and person around the world.
Last April, President Luis Abinader decorated him with the Heraldic Order of Christopher Columbus in the Knighthood.
Teacher Rafael Solano deeply regretted the news of the death of his close friend in life, also teacher Guillo Carías who died this Friday in a hospital in North Carolina, United States at 86 years of age.
The author of “Por amor”, among other successful compositions, said that since they met they established a lifelong friendship.
“Guillo was not only my great friend whom I met living in a pension. We started working together at the El Embajador hotel and then at the program “La Hora del Moro” at Rahintel. He was my partner, a great musician,” Solano reflected.
He remembered that on one occasion they went to Jamaica to work. “We were always together, in 1959 we were in “La Hora del Moro”. He was a great trumpeter and because of his talent he was appointed as music teacher at the Conservatory of Puerto Rico and in the country one of the great protagonists of jazz in the country”, he commented.
In his last years in North Carolina he performed many activities on important stages. “We have had a great loss.”
Guillo Carías fell ill with COVID-19 and left him with a series of consequences that affected his health.