Composed by Diana Sáez and Suzzette Ortiz, Temporal is a traditional plena from Puerto Rico. Plena is an Afro-Puerto Rican rhythm that blends melodic and rhythmic elements from Spanish and African musical influences. Diana Sáez captures the essence of the plena in this authentic and accessible choral arrangement and Suzzette Ortiz compliments the music with Afro-Caribbean rhythmic […]
An Afro-Puerto Rican folk style “bomba,” one of the oldest musical traditions of Puerto Rico. “Canto’ E Libertad” (Song of Freedom) is a song of hope with an invitation to free ourselves of hate and prejudice. This song was commissioned and premiered at the 2023 ACDA National Conference by the SATB honor choir directed by […]
Based on Afro-Peruvian songs, Festejo is a festive and rhythmic celebration. The title invokes Peru’s most popular folk rhythm which was brought to life by salves who were working in the mines and fields of Peru. Composer Diana Saez has become well known as someone who brings authentic style to the music of Latin America […]
Traditional Venezuelan children’s song is arranged in the joropo style where the singers imitate the sounds of the Venezuelan harp and the cuatro.
Afro-Puerto Rican rhythm that was also a popular musical form among sugar-cane workers. The rhythm has its roots in West Africa, and in Diana Sáez’s engaging original work, the singers establish the rhythm in a clever introduction.
Traditional song from the Andes Mountains of Peru with a piano part that beautifully captures the spirit of a Latin American guitar and vocal lines.
This chant melody was brought to America from West Africa and is meant to be sung as a meditation. Pedal notes should sound like a drone that supports the melody. It all leads to an experience for the singers and listeners that is fully grounded in its origins and ethnic roots.