Xochi Cuicatl: An Interactive Concert of Mesoamerican Music


Sun Mar 24 2024 at 02:00 pm to 04:30 pm


La Peña Cultural Center | Berkeley, CA

A concert exploring the sounds and history of Indigenous breath, string, and percussion ancestral instruments from Mesoamérica and México
About this Event

Bring your loved ones and be immersed into the world of Mesoamerican music with ancestral instruments at our Xochi Cuicatl (Flower Songs) Concert and Workshop.

Join us at La Peña on Sunday, March 24th, 2024, from 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Tickets: $5 - $25

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About Xochi Cuicatl Concert and Workshop

This event offers a blend of music, history, and interactive participation. Delve into the unique melodies of Indigenous breath, string, and percussion instruments from Mesoamérica and México, accompanied by flower songs in Nahuatl, Purepecha, and Spanish.

Led by experienced practitioners, Christopher García and Yolanda Delgado García, participants will have the opportunity to engage with ancestral instruments, experiencing their resonance, rhythm, and the profound connection to nature they embody. From instruments dating back to 100 B.C. to contemporary renditions, learn more about the enduring legacy of Mesoamerican music and its relevance in today's world.

Instruments of indigenous Mexico and Mesoamerica

(listed in Nahuatl, Spanish, Maya and English):

  • Atecocolli, caracol, hub, sea shell trumpet
  • Ayacaxtli, sonaja, xa, rattle
  • Ayotapalkatl, carapazon de tortuga, aak.kayab, turtle shell marimba
  • Ayoyotes, huesos de fraile para danza, ankle rattles
  • Baa wehai, jicara de agua, Yaqui water drums, gourd drums in water
  • Chichtli, pito, whistles in different shapes
  • Chililitli, gong
  • Ehecatl, clay breath instrument
  • Huilacapiztli, ocarina
  • Tawitol, arco musical, musical bow
  • Teponaztli, tambor, tunkul, slit drum
  • Tehuehuetl, marimba de piedra, stone marimba
  • Tlapan huehuetL, tambor de huehuete, pax, zacatan

Don't miss this chance to deepen your understanding of Mesoamerican culture and music, and share in the joy of communal expression. This event promises an enriching experience for all so bring your family and loved ones. We look forward to welcoming you to an afternoon of connection, grounding, and healing through ancestral knowledge.

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Learn More About the Musicians:

is a composer, improviser, multi-instrumentalist, educator, and lecturer who has presented in 28 countries and 5 continents since 1990. He has participated as a featured composer or soloist with numerous ensembles e.g., indigenous, jazz, world, chamber, and symphonic orchestras, specializing in drum sets, marimbas, percussion instruments of north and south India, and Indigenous instruments of Mesoamerica and Mexico. He continues to study, work, and present with anthropologists, archaeologists, ethnomusicologists, historians, modern-day practitioners, museologists, and researchers at every venue imaginable to learn and share the most up-to-date information available about Mesoamerican and Mexican history & culture.

Yolanda Delgado Garcia is a native of del Valle del Yaqui in Sonora, MX, and grew up in Ciudad Obregon Sonora where she attended the Universidad de Sonora Altos Estudios and studied Spanish literature with the Yaqui on one side and the Seri on the other by Bahia Kino. She moved to Los Angeles, California in 1983 and had the opportunity to learn and work as a bilingual media reporter for El Sol de Los Angeles and La Opinión, covering community services and events for Spanish speakers in the city and county of Los Angeles. She continues to be in demand as a translator for different musical organizations translating listening guides and voice-over narrations.

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Where is it happening?

La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, United States

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USD 5.00 to USD 25.00

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