XXII International Brass Festival Italian Brass Week

25 Luglio

7/4 Siete Cuartos Ensemble

7/4 Siete Cuartos Ensemble

The 7/4 Ensemble is born out of the friendship of seven young members of El Sistema (the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela), who came together to extend the boundaries of academic music to include Venezuelan folk music, Latin American music and jazz.

Their aim is to continue performing with the high technical and artistic standards they have achieved as a result of their education at El Sistema, and to disseminate Venezuelan folk music worldwide, making it synonymous with excellence.

In seven years as a group, they have toured both in Venezuela and internationally in countries such as Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States.

7/4 Ensemble’s third album, Welcome to America, is a Silver Medal winner of The
Global Music Awards 2018 in two categories: Best Band and Best Instrumentalists for each of the members of the band. The recording is receiving acclaim from critics all over the world.

Their newest album: FestFanfaren (2018), was recorded at Melk Abbey (Austria) featuring Ines Schüttengruber in the pipe organ. This album present works composed especifically for the 7/4 Venezuelan Ensemble by Tarcisio Barreto Ceballos and Giancarlo Castro.

The ensemble’s first album, Tour Pabellón Criollo, came out in 2012; the second one, 7/4 Pa’ las doce, a Christmas album, was released in 2013.

On their European tour 2017, they played several concerts throughout Austria, Italy and Germany, including a concert at the Berliner Philharmonie with more than 1500 people in the audience.

In collaboration with The Miami Symphony Orchestra, the 7/4 ensemble participated at the MISO 2017 and 2018 debut concert, Ocean Drive in Vienna, held at the Adrienne Arsht Center.They have participated in festivals such as the the VI Miami World Music Festival 2018, Sauerland-Herbst Brass Festival for three years in a row (2015 – 2017); Miami Dade College Honor Band Music Festival 2017, the 2015 International Trumpet Guild held in Columbus, Ohio; the 2014 Schagerl Brass Festival; the Italian Brass Week in 2012; the Grande Maurice! Festival in 2012, held in Caracas; and the Spanish Brass Alzira Festival in 2011.

Represented by the DowArtists agency, the 7/4 Ensemble participated in several conferences held in the United States in 2016: the Los Angeles Western Arts Alliance WAA Conference, the Milwaukee Arts Midwest Conference, the Performing Arts Exchange PAE conference in Orlando and the 2017 Association of Performing Arts Presenters APAP in New York City. During

2016 and 2017, 7/4 worked alongside Wes Bullock, (former director of The Tony Award- winning show “Blast!“), to put together their new choreography, music and lights plot, getting a full energy 2 hours show.

In 2015, the 7/4 Ensemble toured with maestro Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV). This time, they appeared in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where they participated in academic activities and performed in concerts such as the 2015 LA Phil Opening Night Gala. In 2013, the Ensemble accompanied maestro Dudamel and the SBSOV on their South American Tour, which included performances in Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo, Brasilia and Bogota.

In 2014, they gave more than 35 concerts at educational centers and theaters in Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore (including the Berklee College of Music and Harvard University), as part of a tour organized by El Sistema USA in collaboration with Mark Churchill, Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.


During its short existence, the 7/4 Ensemble has shared stage with leading figures in the music world such as James Morrison, Thomas Gansch, Allen Vizzutti, Francisco “Pacho” Flores, Arturo Sandoval, Herbie Hancock, Andrea Toffanelli, Rex Richardson, Joe Burgsteller, Gabor Tarkovi, Mnozil Brass, Tiger Okoshi, Sam Pilafian, Domingo Pagliuca, José Sibaja, Brian Neal, Wes Bullock, Till Brönner, Jens Lindemann, Doc Severinsen, Spanish Brass, Eric Aubier, Thomas Clamor, Benjamin Zander, Mark Churchill, Eduardo Marturet, Gustavo Dudamel, and José Antonio Abreu, among others.