Xavier Quijas Yxayotl
Xavier Quijas Yxayotl, perhaps better known as “The Maestro,” was recognized as the foremost authority on the reproduction and performance of traditional Mayan and Aztec instruments. He expertly crafted flutes, Death Whistles, and ocarinas according to ancient manuscripts.
Xavier is renowned around the globe. He performed in major ceremonies from The Grammy’s to the United Nations. His instruments are featured throughout the media, including the film industry, from PBS to the Discovery Channel.
But there’s more to why he was called “The Maestro.” In addition to creating handmade instruments and performing in the way of ancient rituals, Xavier was a recognized painter. Through his many forms of artistic genius, he was a true Renaissance Man.
Xavier passed away in November 2020, leaving an unfillable void in the world. He is survived by his family, his loved ones, his music, and his artwork.
Career Highlights & Performances:
- – The opening ceremony at the Nobel Peace Prize, giving blessings to the Dalai Lama (Italy, 2001)
- – The Grammy’s (Los Angeles, California, 2002)
- – The Behind the Arts PBS special for his patented “Fire Flute” (2002)
- – The United Nations Gala Event (New York, 2005)
- – The opening song in concert with Yanni to produce the DVD “Yanni Voices” for Disney (Acapulco, Mexico, 2009)
- – Providing the indigenous instruments for Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto