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Carlos Xavier


Carlos' stories include fairy, folk, ethnic, and grown-up tales and often incorporate (flute) music played live for that flair of melodic authenticity. When appropriate, he uses interactive stories, riddles, and games for variety. He will enthusiastically work with you to prepare a program based on holiday, event, emotional, age-appropriate, or any other theme.

Carlos began storytelling as a tour director on a moving bus, winding tales and legends on the roads and highways of New England and Canada, the Pacific Northwest, and Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Switzerland). When the bus stopped, he joined Stagebridge in Oakland, CA, an organization dedicated to bridging generational and social gaps by bringing stories to inner-city youth.

Upon moving to Western Washington in 1999, Carlos began telling stories weekly (and monthly since 2010) to K-3 audiences. On many occasions, he worked with other tellers and writers composing and improvising music to accompany their stories and productions. In 2006, Carlos founded the storytelling duo, "A Fable for Two", which added to individual story narration the dimensions of staging, character interplay, and a live musical interactive voice. In addition to schools, Carlos has performed at festivals, churches, libraries, organizational meetings and parties, senior centers, and other venues.

Carlos earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in music (including classical, jazz, ethnic, and liturgical) and continues to perform as a professional musician. He is also a member of the National Storytelling Network (NSN).

Listen to Carlos playing the flute.