Guataca is a platform whose objective is to spread the talent of emerging Venezuelan musicians, promote their projects, support their initiatives in Venezuela and the world. We contribute with record productions and, above all, we generate a concert schedule, with wide media promotion, seeking feedback from a discerning audience that makes each encounter a unique experience.
In 2005, Guataca made his first contribution as an independent record label, with the release of "La canción de Venezuela", where tenor Aquiles Machado, guitarist Aquiles Báez and company toured essential pieces of the national songbook. It was followed, in 2006, by the debut album of the ensemble that would be the emblem of the platform, C4 Trio, and so, when Guataca was formally constituted, works by artists Pacho Flores, César Orozco, Jorge Torres, Aquiles Báez, Betsayda Machado, Linda Briceño, Fabby Olano, Miguel Siso and Héctor Molina, among others started with us. So far, we have more than 20 albums released.
In 2010, our platform mutates and strengthens its commitment to promote the best emerging national talent with the opening of the Noches de Guataca cycle, a weekly showcase in theaters, which has maintained a vertiginous and constant pace in Caracas.
In 2013, Guataca decided to create an annual gala for national music to give it national attention. Thus was born the Caracas Festival in Contratiempo, a great celebration in the capital conceived in the image and likeness of a growing musical movement, with a representation of the regions that make up our geography.
In 2014 the international expansion begins. The Guataca Nights showcase is born in New York and, consequently, seeds germinate in cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Miami, Panama and, later, Houston and Orlando. In Venezuela, the nights of Guataca are activated in the cities of Valencia and Lecheria. It grows, in turn, the team of people passionate about Venezuelan music that makes such growth possible.
Productions of Guataca begin to stand out in the Latin Grammys ceremonies, which are delivered annually in Las Vegas, United States. In 2013, C4 Trío obtains its first nomination for the awards: the work recorded with maestro Gualberto Ibarreto competes in the category of Best Folk Album. The following year, Linda Briceño obtains two nominations, one of them in the Best New Artist line, for her album Tiempo. On that same date, C4 obtains its first Latin grammy for "De Repente", an album made together with Rafael “Pollo” Brito that stands out due to the quality of its sound and stands with the golden gramophone for Best Sound Engineering. C4 and Chicken perform live at the ceremony and earn a historic ovation. And in 2018, the Identity album, by the four-man Miguel Siso, makes history by obtaining the award in the Best Instrumental Album category, in which no other Venezuelan project had been nominated, and in which proposals from distinguished musicians such as Yamandú Costa also competed, Hamilton of Holland, Hermeto Pascoal and Airto Moreira.
With the production of more than 20 albums, the organization of about 140 concerts a year and the celebration of four successful editions of the Caracas Festival in Contratiempo, Guataca constitutes an essential catalyst for the best Venezuelan music of the 21st century, generating meetings between the genres of Root with jazz, blues, pop, Caribbean and Brazilian music and even electronics. The current does not matter, as long as the fusion is done with criteria and good taste.
Our story was told in a book that we titled 10 years of pure Guataca, extended by an illustrious Guatemalan, the announcer, and journalist César Miguel Rondón, and presented during 2018 in cities such as Caracas, Panama, and Miami.
Currently, Guataca is operational in the cities of New York, Miami, Orlando, Boca Raton, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Phoenix, Minnesota, Atlanta, Chicago and soon in Seattle within the United States, in addition to Venezuela, Spain, Panama, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Argentina and soon in Colombia.
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