Sunday, December 6, 2015

Flute of Darkness: Xavier Quijas Yxayotl and "Tezcatlipoca (God of Darkness)"

Something different and ancient today for our random tune. Tezcatlipoca (God of the Darkness) is performed by Xavier Quijas Yxayotl, a flautist, composer and instrument creator from Mexico who does ancient Aztec and Mayan music recreations. He designs the instruments by hand from ancient drawings and illustrations on manuscripts. He has performed in many important venues, such as the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring the Dalai Lama, the Grammy's, and in concert with Yanni. Six of his seven albums have received Native American Music Awards, two of which were for Flutist of the Year. Tezcatlipoca (God of the Darkness) can be found on his 1994 album Fuertes Ancestros - Music of Ancient Mexico. The god in question in the song, Tezcatlipoca, is associated with a wide range of concepts in the Aztec religion, including the night sky, the night winds, hurricanes, the north, the earth, obsidian, enmity, discord, rulership, divination, temptation, jaguars, sorcery, beauty, war and strife.