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Composer Johanny Navarro.
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Composer Johanny Navarro.

Hear two works by Johanny Navarro that explore the cultural identity of her Puerto Rican heritage.

“Vaiven,” a duet for violin and flute, is an exploration of how Puerto Rican identity emerges from the indigenous, African and Spanish cultures of the Caribbean.

“Belen: Un Canto Sagrado mis Ancestros” (A Sacred Chant to My Ancestors) honors the legacy and heritage of Navarro's ancestors, and incorporates the rhythms of bomba.