25 August 2017
CD Release To Help Save the Vaquita Porpoise
(Half Moon Bay, CA, August 2017) Internationally touring musician in 126 countries, Viviana Guzman, released “Song of the Whale,” in July 2017 featuring music of flute and whales. The seven track album of mostly original music mixes the calming and sometimes haunting sound of the native american flute with the vocalizations of humpback whales, which evokes the mysterious, majestic and sometimes playful aspects of the largest creatures the world has ever known. The final track is Arvo Pärt’s haunting “Spiegel im Spiegel” as played by Viviana Guzman.
Described by the New York Times as “an imaginative artist,” Chilean-born multi-instrumentalist Viviana Guzman performs over 50 concerts a year throughout the world. Her last recording, “Traveling Sonata,” received a GRAMMY Nomination. She presented a very well-received TEDxBerkeley Talk speaking just before Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple, Inc. She has been featured on nationwide programs on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Good Morning America, CNN, and NPR, has been seen on the cover of Latina Style Magazine, as well as in COSMOPOLITAN en Español. Viviana has performed in 126 countries, and in all 7 continents. Her YouTube channel boasts 2.4 million views.
The new album, released in digital and CD formats. After her video, “Whale Bumps FluteQueen PaddleBoarder” went viral last summer, Viviana attended the American Cetacean Society Conference in November 2016. Here, Viviana learned of the plight of the Vaquita Porpoise, a critically endangered small dolphin whose range is limited to the northern part of the Sea of Cortez bordering Baja California. Barbara Taylor’s lecture at the conference, featuring Sean Bogle’s film about the unfortunate situation of the Vaquita, served as an immediate call to action for Viviana.
At the time of recording of the album, there were only an estimated 30 Vaquitas left on the planet. The Vaquitas get trapped in the fishing gill nets while fishermen illegally fish for the Totoaba, another endangered species, highly sought after in Asia for their swim bladder. As a last attempt to save these small dolphins, the Mexican Government has banned the use of gill nets. Leonardo DiCaprio has also used his celebrity to meet with and enlist the Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim to establish efforts to save the Vaquitas.
The last ditch plan to try to save the Vaquita, according to the Smithsonian’s report on July 2017, is to use U.S. Navy trained dolphins to herd the Vaquitas safety to a marine sanctuary near San Felipe, Mexico.