CHAAC Percusiones Mexico, a percussion group that performs music from the ancient cultures of Mexico, will present a visiting artist recital at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center, Sunday, Nov. 13.

The concert begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A), and is free and open to the public.

Michael Vercelli, music professor and director of the World Music Center at WVU, will perform with the ensemble, which is directed by David L�pez, assistant director of percussion at the University of Texas at Brownsville.

The program includes: “Danza de Concheros,” a piece based on a Concheros Dance, with clay kettle drums, including a Mayan water kettle drum; “Coraz�n de Fuego,” (heart of fire) which evokes one of the main uses of music in pre-Hispanic Mexico—praise to the gods; and “Chaac Ik,” a fertility ritual from the Mayan culture.

In 2005, the group, which includes members from the University of Texas at Brownsville, began doing research on the sounds, instruments and tradition of music among the pre-Hispanic cultures in the Mexico area, including Mayan, Aztec, and others.

The group has a strong focus on making, recording and playing copies and reproductions of the original instruments, and this concert will demonstrate the manners of playing and social use of music among ancient cultures from Mexico.

For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4359.

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CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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