Cipriano Vigil, a native of Chamisal in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is the living embodiment of Nuevo Mexicano ritual music. As a boy, he learned from the previous generations of musicians at bailes (dances) and at entriegas, matrimonios y difuntos (christenings, marriages and funerals.) He takes you back to the encircling institutions where these village rituals bound families and neighbors together in responsibility for each other. His songs in the nueva canción tradition (related to U.S. protest and labor songs) address poignant issues of today.
Cipriano Vigil's vast knowledge of New Mexico music comes from personal experience and a Ph.D. in Musicology. He teaches at Northern New Mexico Community College.
NOTE: The Amphitheater is located 100 yards west of the Visitor Information Center parking lot. Attendees must be able to walk 100 yards on the sidewalk path then down concrete steps in order to access the amphitheater. The amphitheater offers concrete benches for seating. You are welcome to bring a seat cushion and/or your own chair. You are welcome to bring your own non-alcoholic beverages. *Please note: The amphitheater is wheelchair accessible.
This event is free to attend and is open to the public. This performance was made possible by New Mexico Humanities Council, which is supported by grants from National Endowment for the Humanities.