Latin folk and dance music is our focus. With seven musicians - four trumpets plus rhythm section, we present a high energy quality show completely choreographed and staged. This band is versatile and ready to perform for any occasion, school shows (educational outreach), fairs, festivals, corporate events and much more!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 120 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
This show is a dynamic and incredibly professional band of four trumpets and a rhythm section. This group is based in Miami, FL and tours throughout the United States and abroad. Their music is fun and lively dance music with many Latin influences from several Latin countries.
You will find some excellent production value plus some humor, in addition to the superior quality musicianship throughout the show.
This group can perform in almost any size venue from a private home party to an outdoor arena/amphitheater.
About 7/4 Ensemble
The 7/4 Ensemble was born out of the interests of 7 young people belonging to El Sistema (the system) of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela. As a group, we cross the borders of academic music and immerse ourselves in the wide world of Venezuelan folk music, including Latin American music and jazz. We play technically and artistically, using the knowledge we gained in our academic training with El Sistema.
7/4 Ensemble has two fundamental objectives. One is our social-educational goal, which we achieve by offering free educational concerts in different schools, colleges and nucleos in El Sistema; and answering and clarifying questions presented by children and youth, while encouraging them to form memories of joy with music. Additionally, we seek to make an academic contribution focused on the formation and development of Chamber groups, giving a special place to the Venezuelan music in nucleos of El Sistema in Venezuela and other countries. Secondly, as an artistic goal, we infuse Venezuelan music through our work around the world, hoping to make the Venezuelan product synonymous with quality and excellence.
In five years as a group, we have recorded two albums: “Tour Pabellón Criollo” (2012) and “7/4 Pa’ las doce” (2013). This year, we have two projects in production. We have toured internationally and performed concerts in countries like Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Spain, USA, and Venezuela. We have also participated in festivals and orchestras such as Spanish Brass Alzira 2011, Grande Maurice 2012, Italian Brass Week 2012, the Sudamérican Tour 2013 with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, and the Simón Bolívar Orchestra. In a tour organized by El Sistema USA (with the collaboration of Mark Churchill and Benjamin Zander), we performed at Berklee College of Music and Harvard University in 2014. Also in 2014, we performed at the Schagerl Brass Festival in collaboration with the Austrian brand SCHAGERL. More recently, we have been involved in the International Trumpet Guild in Columbus, Ohio.
In our fairly short history, the 7/4 ensemble has received the pleasure of working with big names 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, Luis González, Thomas Leleu, Zoltan Kiss, Mnozil Brass, Tiger Okoshi, Sam Pilafian, Domingo Pagliuca, José Sibaja, Brian Neal, Till Brönner, Jens Lindemann, Doc Severinsen, Malcolm McNab, Flavio Gabriel, Bryan Davis, Rubén Simeo, Andrew Balio, Fernando Ciancio, Spanish Brass, Eric Aubier, Thomas Clamor, Max Sommerhalder, Charles Lewis, Benjamin Zander, Mark Churchill, Gustavo Dudamel, and José Antonio Abreu, among others.
In September 2015, we were invited to go on tour with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, where we participated in academic activities and concerts in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Later in the year, we received invitations from Austria and Germany to participate in the Sauerland-Herbst Brass Festival.
Additional Booking Notes
Revised February 13, 2017
NOTE: All deviations from this rider must be approved.
CONTACT: A representative of the 7/4 VENEZUELA (henceforth referred to as the ARTIST) should contact the local presenter and the venue tech director approximately four-to-eight weeks prior to each engagement.
ARRIVAL TIME: Upon initial contact, the ARTIST will provide the actual arrival time.
LOCAL PRESENTER/PURCHASER AGREES TO FURNISH AT OWN EXPENSE:
STAGE REQUIREMENTS: Standard concert set-up. Stage should be swept clean and cleared of all equipment, debris, etc., prior to the ARTIST’S arrival.
Number of people in touring company: 8
Number of people performing on stage: 7
• 8’x8’ skirted platform (16”-24” tall) WITH RUG, positioned center stage, 16’ from the downstage edge (or 16’ from the front edge of where front lighting can reach on the stage) for a drum platform (see stage diagram on last page). Drum set will be provided by the ARTIST.
• Two (2) 4’x8’ skirted platforms connected to the center drum platform, angled slightly towards the down stage corners (see stage diagram on last page).
• Direct access to house from stage if possible. Either steps or ramp, preferably on stage left and right.
• If a choice of backdrops exists, a cyclorama (cyc) that can be washed with reds, blues, and greens would be preferred. If there is no cyc, a black traveler or backdrop would be acceptable. If a grand curtain exists, the curtain should remain open when the house is open.
• Four (4) matching armless chairs for use in the concert.
INSTRUMENT REQUIREMENTS: The ARTIST would like to borrow a drum set from the VENUE that includes 2 drum thrones and 3 hardware stands for snare drum. A drum spec sheet is included after the stage diagram.
AUDIO REQUIREMENTS: The ARTIST will use the VENUE audio system, which should include appropriate and professional audio console, power amps, equalizers, speakers, and monitors.
• Two (2) handheld vocal microphones (preferably wireless) on a stand placed down stage right and left approximately 10 feet away from center (20 feet away from each other).
• Two (2) monitors with one mix placed at the front edge of the stage, each one approximately 10 feet away from center (20 feet away from each other), with each one pointed upstage toward the corresponding microphone.
• One (1) wireless headset microphone for the drummer. If a wireless headset is not available, a mic on a boom stand that he can sing into would be appreciated.
• One (1) monitor on the up left corner of the center drum platform with a separate mix angled toward him.
• One (1) bass amplifier with a quarter-inch input, placed on the stage right platform with power run to it. The ARTIST will supply a wireless receiver with a quarter-inch jack. The ARTIST will supply a wireless transmitter for his electric upright bass and bass guitar.
• One (1) acoustic guitar amplifier with a quarter-inch input, placed on the stage left platform with power run to it. The ARTIST will supply wireless receiver with a quarter-inch jack. The ARTIST will supply a wireless transmitter for his cuatro (a 4-stringed Venezuelan guitar).
• One (1) vocal mic at the lighting console for announcements at the beginning of each half of the performance.
• CD player for walk-in, intermission, and post-performance music.
• In particularly large halls (2500 or greater, or wide outdoor amphitheaters), four (4) or six (6) condenser mics on tall boom stands (or hanging in front of the stage) for ambient amplification.
• The VENUE will supply an audio engineer to operate the sound board during sound check and during the show.
• All lights should be hung, gelled, and rough-focused prior to the ARTIST’s arrival. Final focusing will take place with the ARTIST’s production stage manager.
• If venue will allow, the ARTIST’S tech contact will operate light board during the show.
• Front washes of 16’ deep and 30’ wide. The ARTIST would prefer 2 different washes: a warm wash, preferably R33 (no color pink), and a cool wash, preferably R60 (no color blue). If there are not enough lamps to get 2 full front washes, R54 (lavender) would be preferred for the one front wash.
• Down washes of 16’ deep and 30’ wide. The ARTIST would prefer 3 separate washes: amber wash, red wash, and blue wash. If there are only enough instruments (or gels) to make 2 washes, the ARTIST would prefer red and blue. A warm wash and a cool wash would also suffice if any of the above options are not available.
• If possible, a blue side wash and a red side wash.
• A down center special front light 10’wide, centered at the front edge of the stage, and deep enough to illuminate 6’ person standing about 3’ behind the front edge of the stage would be appreciated.
• Separate front specials and down specials that separately illuminate the stage right 4’x8’ platform, the stage left 4’x8’ platform, and the 8’x8’ up center drum platform (all deep enough to illuminate a 6’ person standing). If possible, match the gels for the front and down lights for these specials to the gels used on the full stage washes.
• If instruments and time allow, there are a few other specials that the ARTIST’s production stage manager would like to focus on the day of the performance.
• If the tech contact can have these washes and specials focused and labeled, the ARTIST’S tech contact will adjust them and save them onto an empty submaster page.
LOCAL CREW REQUIREMENTS: A knowledgeable venue representative (usually the tech director) should be available to open doors and assist in loading in. The time for the theater to open for load-in will be discussed between the ARTIST’S representative and the venue representative upon initial contact. Typically, the ARTIST’S production stage manager will arrive approximately 6 hours before the concert.
• A master electrician (lighting board operator) should be there to assist the ARTIST’S production stage manager during light tech time.
• An Audio Engineer is required during sound check as well as during the show.
DRESSING ROOM REQUIREMENTS: Two (2) private dressing rooms (each room large enough to accommodate three or four people) with access to the stage, furnished with chairs, tables, mirrors, clothes racks, and wastebaskets. The dressing room should have access to a private bathroom (for the ARTIST only) with hot and cold running water, adequately supplied with fresh soap, tissue and paper towels.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 7/4 Venezuela’s Production Stage Manager:
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The equipment requests will vary depending on the venue, event and geographic location. If 7/4 Venezuela will drive to the venue, they will be able to provide all instruments. If they must fly, they will require the purchaser to provide a drum kit, micr