Venezuelan Talent Continue Shining in the U.S.
Before another full house, the Venezuelan ensemble C4 Trio and baritone Juan Tomás Martínez performed in the Bolivarian Hall, the cultural space of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Washington, D.C on Saturday, November 13. The concert was part of the Venezuelan Sounds concert series, sponsored by Chevron Corporation and the Venezuelan diplomatic mission in the U.S.
The audience loudly applauded the artists, whose performance included a repertoire of different genres of Venezuelan folk music such as merengue, joropo and drums. The audience sang, laughed and cheered during Martínez’s spontaneous and energetic show and for the different musical genres played by the C4 Trio, a contemporary cuatro ensemble.
“The concert was great, the musicians are exceptionally brilliant. Furthermore, this is one of the many stellar concerts in Washington, D.C.,” said Manolo Gómez, who attended the concert and highlighted the effort made by the Venezuelan embassy to promote the country’s national culture. “The quality of the cultural activities is phenomenal,” emphasized Gómez.
The internationally diverse audience enjoyed the innovative music style of C4 Trio. In this ensemble, Hector Molina, Jorge Glem and Edward Ramírez combine the strings of three cuatros, a traditional Venezuelan instrument, with a bass, played by Rodner Padilla, to produce a new style of Venezuelan folk music. This ensemble performed classic Venezuelan pieces by recognized artists such as Aquiles Báez and Carlos Moreán, as well as original compositions.
The experienced baritone Juan Tomás Martínez, who has a long international resume, also highlighted the talent and style of the C4 Trio. “To me it is always a challenge to perform with this group since they are extremely professional … Besides having a great agility to play the instrument, they have been very innovative. They are boys with a great musical culture,” remarked Martínez at the end of the concert.
Edward Ramírez, member of the C4 Trio, highlighted the energy and reception of the audience during the concert and the efforts of the Venezuelan embassy to promote the Venezuelan talent abroad. “We are very happy because our Venezuelan folk music is being heard abroad, as well as the Venezuelan cuatro, one of the most beautiful instruments of the world which has all those sounds you heard today,” said Ramírez.
This is the third concert of the C4 Trio as part of the Venezuelan Sounds concert series, which has been held annually since 2004 as a means to spread Venezuelan culture and traditions in the U.S.
This performance in Washington D.C. was part of a tour of the Venezuelan ensemble, which included the cities of New York, Chicago, Boston and Miami.
Press Office/Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S./November 15, 2010
Photos: Nestor Sanchez