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Meet the Artist: Xavier Quijas Yxayotl

October 28, 2018 @ 6:30 pm EDT

Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85034 United States

Come listen to Xavier Quijas Yxayotl make the earth sing with his hand-made traditional Mayan and Aztec instruments on Sunday, October, 28 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Pueblo Grande Museum. Under the night sky on the Museum patio next to the prehistoric ruins of Pueblo Grande, Xavier shares stories of the cultural significance of each instrument and how they were used in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.

Recognized as the foremost authority on the reproduction and performance of traditional Mayan and Aztec instruments, Xavier Quijas Yxayotl expertly crafts flutes and ocarinas according to ancient manuscripts. But perhaps what he is most recognized for is his skillful reproductions of the Aztec Death Whistle ancient instrument commonly carved into the shape of a skull. Which produces a terrifying, hair-raising sound that once heard, is never forgotten. 

Xavier will demonstrate a variety of instruments, many hand made by Xavier himself from ceramic, jade, and stone. This special presentation offers a unique view of Mesoamerican indigenous culture through stories, music, art and instruments. After the presentation, guests will have the opportunity to meet Xavier and purchase music, art, and other merchandise created by the artist.

Tickets are $10 in advance online or in the Museum Store with Discounts for Museum Members. Or $12 the day of, in person ONLY at the Pueblo Grande Museum Store during regular store hours of 1 to 4:30 p.m. Online sales end at midnight October 27.

This Meet the Artist Concert is part of a Fall and Spring concert series made possible through the collaborative efforts of local independent recording label Canyon Records, and the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. This partnership is a continuation of the programming that accompanied the premiere One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records exhibit to provide a variety of platforms for Native American music and expression currently touring around the state of Arizona.

This is a fundraising event for the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. There are NO Refunds for this performance.

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October 28, 2018
6:30 pm EDT
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Renee Aguilar


Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85034 United States
(602) 495-0901
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