Music was Irene FarreraÆs first language. Her earliest memories of Venezuela are full of song and dancing feet. By the time she was six, Farrera could sing dozens of ôaguinaldos,ö or holiday songs. She loved the rhythm of VenezuelaÆs gaita music, too, so much so that she insisted on organizing her brother and three sisters into a band to perform for the family. Impressed by their fervor, their father bought a drum for the brother, maracas for the sisters, and presented Farrera with a cuatro, a Venezuelan four-stringed guitar.