About


Equal parts singer, dancer and jaranera, Claudia epitomizes the mélange parfait of modern New York.  She is a California-born, New York-raised daughter of Mexican and Jamaican immigrants. Currently based in the Bronx, she is working on her trio with Felipe Fournier and Eric Kurimski, which includes a rep of original, soulful arrangements of songs she grew up listening to in both English and Spanish, with everything from José Alfredo Jimenez to Pablo Milanés, Juan Gabriel to Caifanes, Bob Marley to Nina Simone.

As a singer, Claudia has toured internationally to China, to perform at the Shanghai Expo as one of the soloists for the United Nations Singers.​​ ​ As a musician and dancer, she has recorded and toured the US and Mexico, singing in Spanish, playing the jarana (a string instrument from Veracruz) and doing traditional percussive dance on a tarima (wooden box) with the Afromexican NY-based Jarana Beat, winners of the 2015 Mexican Music Award for Best Contemporary Folk Band.

Collaborations have included Claudia on guitar and vocals with the likes of Grammy Award winning group Dan Zanes And Friends, children’s educational groups Bilingual Birdies and Mexico Beyond Mariachi and the all female band Mariachi Flor de Toloache. She was also co-founder, outreach director, dancer and teacher with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company.

Claudia has studied voice, music and dance with renowned teachers in their own right, such as Gema Corredera, Ilana Martin, Barbara Maier Gustern, Rubi Oseguera, Laura Rebolloso, Annahi Saoco, Sonia Olla, Ismael Fernandez, Torombo Suárez, Claudio Vega, Andrés Flores among others. ​

Contact: info@claudiavalentina.com

© 2017, Claudia Valentina/Jarana Records