16:00 - 17:00

Re-run of THE MAYAN CITY OF PALENQUE with Luis Perez Ixoneztli

Indigenous civilizations in the Americas were ravaged by European invasions and so was their sacred vehicle to communicate with the divine: music. Still, remnants are re-emerging constantly and continuously at present time to esteem its sacred cosmogony.

17:00 - 18:00

Re-run of REMNANTS with Luis Perez Ixoneztli

Many musical instruments have been recovered from ancient burials, and are being used today in combination with contemporary music styles and technologies, which create new musical languages and renovate the use of such sacred instruments.

At the end of both sessions for today, there are features from Luis Perez’s newest album released this year, entitled Santuario de Mariposas; after more than 40 years of ethnomusical research, Itxoneztli recorded the album with the aims to give life to sleeping instruments, reflecting on the sonority of the ancestral music of Mexico. The album is available online now for purchase.

Join us in revisiting the sonorous travel tracing a number of archaeological musical artifacts native to Mesoamerica before the arrival of the Europeans, and journey with Luis Perez Ixoneztli into the early perceptions regarding sound conceived as divinity.

SAVVYZΛΛR commissioned composer, educator, musician and instrument maker Luis Perez Ixoneztli to produce a 4-part series which peers into profound observations by indigenous peoples of Mexico and delves into visiting emanations and developments of the evolution of music, as influenced by the sounds heard in the natural world: re-created by using vocal and corporal expressions, and then leading to the incorporation of tools used as sonorous objects, bringing about their evolution to musical instruments. Music was a sacred source to honor creation, to help maintain balance in the natural world, to heal the sick, and to help in the expansion of consciousness. With him, we learn about the process of recovering ancient instruments and their uses by incorporating them into contemporary music.

Photo of Luis Perez by Erik Sanchez