Drums, marimba and other percussion instruments are a key element in Valentina´s life. She has specialized in putting together percussive ensembles, using a variety of drumming traditions. She has particularly explored the Yoruba bata set and the Mexican prehispanic instruments. Since 1992 she has been part of large commercial bands playing salsa music and big band tropical jazz repertoire. In the past ten years she has enjoyed herself immensely developing instruments from used objects. Dream Soup has become her emblematic piece in which she honors women and housework with her music for kitchen implements. As a composer she has produced a series of works which are included in her records, Tales of the Living River and 100% Xochiquetzal.