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Venezuelan musicians promote peace with a concert

Venezuelan musicians promote peace with a concert

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on April 04, 2014

Guayana Es, foundation that supports Venezuelan folklore and music, programmed an special concert today to celebrate ten years of the successful iniciative ‘La Siembra del Cuatro’ (a project that promotes the use of this Venezuelan musical instrument).

The Concert for Peace is today, at 7 pm, in the Angostura theatre, with the support of the governor of Bolivar and the Ministry of Culture. It’s traditionally a competition between cuatro players to find the most skilled in the country.

Several musicians will participate in the activity, that won’t be a competition this year, including winners of previous editions, new participants of the concert, and singers.

Today’s activity it’s just the start of the year for the foundation, in the upcoming months they plan to organize other festivals in different cities of the country: San Cristóbal, Barquisimeto and Caracas are some of them.

Jorge Glem, Daniel Requena, Miguel Siso, Liseth Hernández, Orianes Cedeño, Luis Pino, Fermín Deyan, Richard Pinto, Proto López, Yoel Rodríguez, Nelson González, Faimer Reyes, Roberto Subero, Rafael Elias Medina, Abraham Hurtado, Ronald Rogers, Juan Rojas, Antonio León, José Coronado y Noel Gamboa are some of the ‘cuatristas’ (cuatro players) that confirmed their participation in the concert.

Also, singer María Esther Centeno, bandola player Gerson García and guayanese joropo will be present.

Discovering talents

“In May 2013 started the process to declare the Cuatro as the Venezuelan Musical Instrument, an iniciative of the ministry of Culture with the Cultural Heritage Institute. Last year’s edition was one of the activities of the iniciative”, explained Hurtado.

La Siembra del Cuatro’ it’s a Project conceived and managed by Cheo Hurtado, and became an amazing way to discover musical talents in the country. Most of the participants of the festival, since the very first concert in 2004, have started successful careers in the music industry, as individuals or members of a group.

Among the previous winners, some young talents shine. Carlos Capacho, from the city of Puerto Ordaz, won the first edition of the contest with only 15 years old. Nowadays, he studies in Berklee College, in Boston, United States. He is known for introducing electric Cuatro and directs the Venezuelan Music Orchestra Simón Bolívar, part of the National Orchestras System.

Another former winner is Jorge Glem, from Cumaná, who won the second edition, is the cofounder of C4Trio, group that achieved a nomination for the Latin Grammy Awards.

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