Gabriela Lena Frank has been awarded this year's Latin Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for the recording of Inca Dances by Manuel Barrueco & Cuarteto Latinoamericano on Tonar Music. Reacting to the news, Frank stated:
I am completely floored, honored, and excited to have received a Latin Grammy this year, fully aware of the immense talent that is routinely recognized by the Latin Recording Academy. Initially, my amazing collaborators -- Guitarist Manuel Barrueco and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano -- didn't even tell me they had made a submission on my behalf so the nomination itself was an unexpected but thrilling development. To be able to share this award with them means the world to me because Manuel and the Cuarteto have long been role models as fellow Latinos in classical music. I'm blessed, plain and simple! And hope to always be worthy of the recognition from the Academy.
Guitarist Manuel Barrueco added:
Inca Dances is a unique, imaginative and evocative work, beautifully written for guitar and string quartet. A wonderful piece of music well deserving of this recognition by the Latin Recording Academy. Congratulations!