Grupo Sotz’il

Grupo Sotz’il

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
Wednesday@Noon Performance

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
12:10–1 p.m.
Arts Building Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157

 

 

Grupo Sotz’il, An eight member ensemble of multidisciplinary artists dedicated to promoting Mayan knowledge and arts
María Regina Firmino-Castillo, translator
Liz Przybylski, organizer


Grupo Sotz’il was founded 17 years ago in El Tablón, Sololá, Guatemala. The eight member ensemble of young Kaqchikel and Mam multidisciplinary artists is dedicated to researching, creating, and promoting Mayan knowledge and arts that have been persecuted since the Spanish invasion of 1524, during 36 years of genocidal war (1960-1996), and in the current socio-political context of neocolonial violence against Guatemala’s 24 Indigenous nations. The ensemble performs with the intent of presenting their long suppressed Mayan history and culture to eyes and ears across the globe. Grupo Sotz’il’s art reflects the present and envisions the future, with firm roots in the wisdom and knowledge of their ancestors

Grupo Sotz’il members include:
Daniel Fernando Guarcax González:
musician/dancer and Grupo Sotz'il’s coordinator, in the role of Iq' (Air/Bird)
Jorge Chiyal Chumil:
musician/dancer, in the role of Ya (Water/Fish)
Marcelino Chiyal Yaxón:
musician/dancer, in the role of Q'aq' (Fire/Bat)
Juan Carlos Chiyal Yaxón:
musician/dancer, in the role of Tz'i' (Word/ Dog)
Luís Cumes:
musician/dancer, in the role of Ik' (Moon)
Mercedes García:
musician/dancer, in the role of Ix (Earth/Jaguar)
César Augusto Guarcax Chopén:
musician/dancer, in the role of K'aslemal (Life)
Víctor Manuel Barillas Crispín: Artistic Director

Grupo Sotz’il is the highlighted guest artist this year for The Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside (ICR) Gathering. http://icr.ucr.edu/

Photo: Ajpu' Nicho

Free and open to the campus
Information: (951) 827-3245 | performingarts@ucr.edu | www.music.ucr.edu

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