In the first half, Venezuelan group C4 performs. In the second half, Rodolfo Reyes, director of Saxomania and a Berklee alumnus, shares his outstanding big band charts. They will be performed by a big band that includes Berklee faculty and students.
The origins of C4 Trio is directly connected with the international competition La Siembra del Cuatro. In November 2005, Jorge Glem, Hector Molina, Edward Ramirez, and Rodner Padilla were invited to participate in a concert coordinated by Multifonia Foundation. That was the genesis of this ensemble, with the Venezuelan cuatro as the main instrument.
Coming from different Venezuelan cities, they converged in the Venezuelan capital. In 2006, the group assumed the name C4 Trio after the recording of their first self-titled album under the music production of Aquiles Baez.
This production trigged C4 Trio's popularity, making it possible to perform on the most prestigious Venezuelan stages and taking them twice to the Venezuelan Sounds Festival (2006, 2007) coordinated by the Embassy of Venezuela in the United States, including concerts in the Bolivar Hall of Washington, Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle, and the Kennedy Center, as well as other countries such as the United Kingdom and Brazil.
In 2009, C4 Trio released a second album, Entre Manos, including a CD and live DVD, exposing the skills of these three talented musicians onstage.
Venezuelan saxophonist and flautist Rodolfo Reyes represents some of the finest musicianship in Venezuela today. Originally a classical flautist, Reyes took up the saxophone and in 1979 enrolled at Berklee, where he studied with George Garzone and Joe Viola before moving to New York to study with Joe Allard. Since his return to Venezuela, Reyes has been working with every major artist in the country and has appeared on countless recording sessions. Working in both the classical and jazz idioms, Reyes has worked with all major symphony orchestras in Venezuela and has performed with Latin legend Tito Puente. Reyes is the cofounder of Saxomania, a 16-piece big band specializing in jazz-influenced salsa music. Reyes continues to lead his own jazz group, giving performances across Venezuela and Canada.
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