Luzmila Carpio: Arawi

Written by Gabriela Lena Frank


In category: Song of the Day

Published October 21, 2016

We end this week’s look at the songs of the high Andes of Peru by going to the work of Luzmila Carpio, a Bolivian-born woman who sings her own native language of Aymara as well as Quechua, the indigenous language of Perú.  Making a point to sing in native languages over Spanish, Luzmila has been a major proponent of indigenous songs including achieving skill as an instrumentalist, traditionally the purview of men.

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A native Californian (born in Berkeley) of mixed Peruvian, Chinese, Lithuanian, and Jewish descent, Gabriela Lena Frank explores her multicultural heritage ardently through her compositions. Her pieces refract her studies of Latin American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework uniquely her own. We are thrilled that Gabriela will curate and host NYFOS Next: Gabriela Lena Frank & Friends at National Sawdust on November 2. Get your tickets today!


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