Monday’s Bow (June 11)

Photo of Berta RojasAmidst the debates of elitism and tradition in classical music, some artists are cutting through all of that, taking action to spread classical music in a way that celebrates their national heritage and gender pride!

Berta Rojas, an internationally celebrated classical guitarist, strives to put her homeland of Paraguay on the map in the music world.

Her latest album, in collaboration with 11-time Grammy winner Paquito D’Rivera, was released on May 15. The album features 12 tracks that pay homage to Paraguay.

“Paraguay, I believe, is still unknown outside of Paraguay,” she said, explaining the pride and dedication she feels to her country. “Music of Paraguay is something that opens your desire to learn more about this beautiful country.”

Rojas hopes that through her music, she can spark an intrigue that will bring attention to Paraguay.

The name of her album, which is available on and iTunes, is “Dia y Media,” or “A Day and a Half.”

The album has led to an extensive international tour, one that includes stops in Korea, Paraguay, Colombia, Panama, and Taiwan. The Paraguay stop lasted nearly two days, because Rojas believed a single day was not enough — hence the title of her album.

Being a female in a male-dominated field, Rojas sees her unique position as an advantage.

“We bring something different to the field,” she said, in reference to her gender, “Women play with a sensitivity that probably only belongs to us.”

Read the full story: With Classical Music Berta Rojas Puts Paraguay on the Map.

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