(MusiqQueen.com) – Gabriela Lena Frank received Latin Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for “Inca Dances.”
I am completely floored, honored, and excited to have received a Latin Grammy this year, fully aware of the immense talent that is routinely recognized by the Latin Recording Academy. Initially, my amazing collaborators — Guitarist Manuel Barrueco and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano — didn’t even tell me they had made a submission on my behalf so the nomination itself was an unexpected but thrilling development. To be able to share this award with them means the world to me because Manuel and the Cuarteto have long been role models as fellow Latinos in classical music. I’m blessed, plain and simple! And hope to always be worthy of the recognition from the Academy.
“Inca Dances” was commissioned by the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. The work’s world-premiere recording is on the Sounds of the Americas album with guitarist Manuel Barrueco and Cuarteto Latinoamericano.