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Nigra sum sed formosa

 Morenas in Ibero-America

Making their BEMF début, La Donna Musicale and Rumbarroco perform songs and polyphonic settings that highlight Morenas—dark-skinned women—in the Ibero-American repertory. Director Laury Gutiérrez leads us on a musical voyage from the Iberian Renaissance to African-influenced folk traditions in contemporary South America. The program features settings of Nigra sum sed formosa from the Song of Songs and other selections from Spanish songbooks­—Cancioneros—with endearing depictions of Morenas, interspersed with dances. Selections include music by Manuel Machado, Francisco de Peñalosa, Juan Vásquez, and many others.


Adriana Ruiz, soprano; Daniela Tosic, mezzo-soprano; Miguel Cabrera, tenor; Na’ama Lion, early flutes; Cynthia Mathiesen, violin & viola da gamba; Laury Gutiérrez, viola da gamba & early guitars; Katherine Shao, keyboards; Kera Washington & Juan Sebastian Sanchez, percussion; Roberto Perez Oraa, bandola & percussion; Eduardo Betancourt, harp & percussion.