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Four works by noted composer Gabriela Lena Frank are beautifully performed by pianist Molly Morkoski and her colleagues of Ensembe MEME.

Born in Berkeley to a mother of Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Gabriela Lena Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions. Franks has traveled extensively throughout South American and her pieces reflect and refract her studies of Latin-American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology and native musical styles into a western classical framework. Winner of a Latin Grammy and nominated for Grammys as both composer and pianist, Ms. Frank holds a Guggenheim Fellowship and a USA Artist Fellowship. This disc includes four works composed over a seven-year period and all feature the piano — one for solo piano; one for flute and piano; another for flute, clarinet and piano; and one for piano quintet, beautifully performed by Ensemble MEME and pianist Molly Morkoski.
Gabriela Lena Frank, composer
Sonata Andina
Molly Morkoski, piano

Gabriela Lena Frank, composer
Sueños de Chambi: Snapshots for an Andean Album
Barry Crawford, flute, Molly Morkoski, piano

Gabriela Lena Frank, composer
Canto de Harawi: Amadeoso
Barry Crawford, flute, Michael Norsworthy, clarinet, Molly Morkoski, piano

Gabriela Lena Frank, composer
Tres Homanajes: Compadrazgo
Harumi Rhodes, violin, Austin Hartman, violin, Liuh-Wen Ting, viola, Caroline Stinson, cello, Molly Morkoski, piano

“There is no question that the music on Compadrazgo is strange and challenging to Western, non-South American ears, but if you are open to new experiences I think you’ll find it opens new doors to your mind. (Fanfare)