Valentina Ortiz is a storyteller, musician and a writer. Four books and four records show her intense work registering personal and community stories. She has toured Mexico and other countries with her storytelling and music concerts. She was recipient of the Mexico┬┤s Ministry of Culture grant in 2014 for her personal story show called Canci├│n para Omecihuatl, also she was honored with the Golden Cenzontle award for her social involvement through stories, with her non profit association Zazanilli Cuentos A.C. As a musician she specializes in Latin percussion and Mexican prehispanic drums, she has played with Salsa orchestras and Big Bands for the past 25 years. Presently in New York, she is exploring bilingual storytelling and the Middle Eastern frame drum.

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