At the beginning of 2011, four Venezuelan trumpet players, all products of the Venezuelan System of Children and Youth Orchestras (El Sistema), decided to explore and conquer new musical frontiers beyond their experience as an academic trumpet quartet. Their ambition was to play a repertoire not only of Venezuelan music, but of music spanning the entire South American continent. To do so, they invited three outstanding performers to their ensemble, adding cuatro, double bass, and percussion to the group’s instrumentation. Ensemble 7/4 has since become an innovative and artistic voice, featuring the trumpet in genres that don’t typically display the instrument, such as the Venezuelan Joropo or the Argentinian tango.
The 7/4 Ensemble also presents arrangements influenced by a deep investigation of the musical styles of countries such as Cuba, Mexico, and the U.S. These arrangements respect the original sound of the native music and feature a broad range of colors and timbres. The group’s artistic and musical vision is like a journey in which rhythms, melodies, colors, and tastes intrinsic to our American countries join happily together.