Concerts, Lectures, Dance
and School Presentations
Experience the wonders of the world
of Mesoamerica, Mexico's ancient music and dance. To
immerse audiences with cultural representation, Xavier's
program is music intertwined with indigenous cultural
education. Traditional music of the Maya, Aztec, Tarahumara,
Yaqui, Tepehuanes, and other indigenous nations is presented
in true authenticity.
All instruments are handmade by the
artist, most being authentic replicas of ancient instruments.
This is a great opportunity not only to hear them, but
also to learn about them and their importance to these
cultures. Artist, Xavier Quijas Yxayotl has worked hard
for 30 years researching and investing his life in this
ancient musical tradition. The result is a very unique
sound by a very unique artist.
Xavier uses only traditional rhythms
and ancient instruments of Mexico. There is no mixing
of other instruments; i.e. panpipes of Peru, Bolivia,
Chile, and Argentina of South America. As part of his
educational program, Xavier teaches that the Aztec and
Mayan civilizations are from Mexico, a part of North
America. He explains that North America consists of
Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
PBS has produced 2 videos of Xavier and he
currently has 6 CD recordings:
Susanna Armijo, Xavier, Jaime Ayala, Juan Ayala
Photo by Gordon Murray
concerts feature mostly music with some explanation
about the instruments, ending, if permitted, with the
famous "Fire Flute".
Live flutes and
percussion instruments accompany professional Aztec
dancers dressed in full regalia.
For the children,
music is combined with instrument education and history,
along with some playful interaction with song and dance.
Students will be educated with some words of the Nahuatl
language, the primary language spoken prior to the arrival
of the Spaniards on this continent. This program can
be fine-tuned for any age group.