Latin Grammy Award-winning and Grammy nominated cuatro player, mandolinist and musical producer, Jorge Glem is without a doubt one of Venezuela’s musical treasures. Raised in Cumaná, Venezuela, Glem, who currently resides in the U.S., has set out with a clear and driven purpose of presenting the Venezuelan cuatro as a universal instrument.
His amazing talent and driven purpose recently allowed him to perform a solo concerto for cuatro with acclaimed conductor, Gustavo Dudamel and the prestigious LA Philharmonic, to an exceptional standing ovation. He also recently joined celebrated multiple Grammy-winning, composer and pianist, Jon Batiste, as part of his ensemble in his sold out “American Symphony concert at the one and only Carnegie Hall in New York City. To boot, Glem has also shared the stage with renown worldwide figures such as Paquito D’Rivera, Jordan Rudess, Rubén Blades, Carlos Vives, Calle 13, Natalia Lafoucarde, Gaby Moreno, Guaco, Desorden Público, Ensamble Gurrufío, Gualberto Ibarreto, Sofia Rei, Etienne Charles and many other important music personalities, accomplishing the fuse of this traditional instrument in genres such as jazz, salsa, bluegrass, rock, and pop.
In 2017 Glem, in that continuous effort to introduce the cuatro to the world, initiated a movement called #4CuatroMusic through social media that reached more than 1k posts in only 3 weeks. It is evident that the cuatro is more than an instrument to this musical prodigy. It is without a doubt a part of him and through playing it, he is able to attain a global voice.
Jorge Glem is also a founding member of the acclaimed ensemble C4 Trio, who won a Latin Grammy for their album ” Tiempo al Tiempo,” with renown salsa artist Luis Enrique. Along with this second Latin Grammy win, this dynamic ensemble has been nominated four previous times for this award and has been nominated on two occasions to the prestigious Grammy presented by The Recording Academy.
Jorge Glem has also been the winner of prestigious awards such as “El Silbón de Oro,” “Siembra Del Cuatro,” and three Pepsi music awards for his album “En El Cerrito.” With three productions of his own, Glem is also currently participating in collaborations with folk accordionist Sam Reider, with whom he recently just released the much awaited and well received album, “Brooklyn-Cumaná.” Additionally, he has a unique duo project with Cuban-Venezuelan pianist, composer, and arranger, Cesar Orozco with whom in 2019 he released the award-winning album “Stringwise.”
Glem has participated in over 200 productions and continues touring across the U.S., Latin America, and Europe and looks forward to many more collaborations incorporating the iconic Venezuelan cuatro.