Carlos Capacho is a pioneer, innovative and talented Jazz musician whose instrument of choice is the Venezuelan Cuatro, a folk instrument that resembles a downsized classical guitar with four strings.
Born in Guayana, Bolivar he studied classic piano of the age of 7 later on in the high school met Luiz Escalante Izzo a guitarist who emerge him in the Cuatro World, few years after Capacho on the youngest age of 15 won the First International Competition of Cuatro “La Siembra del Cuatro” one year later won the Performing Arts on Music Scholarship to study computer engineering for 2 years, Capacho realized that music was both his first love and the way he could make a difference in the world and leave his town to established in Caracas to pursuit a dream.
By the year moved in Caracas he releases the first album “Capacho y Cuatro getting the “Award Gold Record Sales National” 07’ with a Folk Music repertoire and originals compositions, successfully he decided to continue exploring new territories creating a second album “Evolucion” 09’ adapting music from the Jazz, Brazilian, World and original repertoires to the Cuatro has significantly expanded the instrument’s vocabulary and obtained “Platinum record sales in Venezuela as an Instrumental Album”. His albums “Evolucion” and “Carlos Capacho Y Cuatro” are integral to those accomplishments and demonstrate Carlos’ breathtaking chops and musicality.
His role as an educator started when he was 18 which offered him a teaching position due to his innovative melodic-harmonic technique on the cuatro at the Conservatory Simon Bolivar in Caracas where he discovered his real passion, playing, recording, touring, teaching during 5 years, where he was Founder, Professor and Director of the Youth Orchestra of the Venezuelan Simón Bolívar (El Sistema) by Jose Antonio Abreu and came to the USA in 12’ specifically to enhance that part of his musical personality.
Capacho is the first Cuatro player to graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts (16’). Where he studied Jazz Composition and was selected to study Jazz Performance in the renowned Berklee Global Jazz Institute lead by the Artist Danilo Perez receiving personal mentoring during 3 years of legends as David Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Antonio Sanchez, Adam Cruz, John Patitucci, Ben Street, Jerry Bergonzi, Terri Lyne Carrington, Allan Pasqua, Kenny Werner, Dave Douglas and others.
During his Period at Berklee he was selected to recorded his original song by the Prestigious Label Jazz Revelations Record 15’ by the year he was chosen to participate in the (IASJ International Association of Schools of Jazz 16’) with the legend of jazz David Liebman representing Berklee College of Music and USA (only one student by school) same year graduated with high honors and reviewed by Berklee “Music is in Good Hands” of Top Second of 16 in a promotion of 951 students.
As a Bandleader he created “The Cuatro Project” 14’ his vision with this group is to create a multi-bridge between countries and cultures, trough of his music with a venezuelan roots which expands jazz in new direction and incorporate elements of world, folk, fusion, rock.
In addition to these career highlights Capacho has played around the world over 20 countries (Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, North America.) and sharing stages with international artist as: Danilo Perez , Jhon Patitucci, George Garzone, Oscar Stagnaro, Paquito D’ Rivera, Simon Diaz, Aldemaro Romero, Ruben Blades, Danny Rivera and others.
Capacho lives in Boston, Massachusetts where he is been researching and currently writing the first Cuatro instructional method book and online courses that will teach students to read music, improvise, and develop technique.
He consciously plays the Cuatro in a Jazz context, much like Bela Fleck has done with the banjo, and wants to bring a new language to those who play it. Capacho is considered by many to be one of the finest Cuatro players to be found. He exists at the intersection of Jazz, World Music, and his own deeply personal artistic vision. Fans of groundbreaking young musicians will want to start listening today.