Composer and educator Christopher Garcia will lead a free presentation about the indigenous instruments and music of pre-Columbian civilizations and perform on some of the instruments Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center.
The historic region of ancient Mesoamerica – the modern-day region from southern Mexico to northern Costa Rica – was populated by Aztec, Olmec, Zapotec, Maya and Toltec civilizations.
The best-known instruments were flutes, whistles and ocarinas, all made of clay, and drums, some made of wood and others of clay. Voices were important components of the ritualistic music. Much of the music and instruments were played at ceremonial events. Some instruments are still heard today in the indigenous music of various regions and cultures with roots in Mesoamerican.
To register for the Dec. 7 presentation and performance, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures or call 626-795-4331.
Garcia shares his personal experiences with the indigenous music, instruments, culture and history of Mesoamerica at universities, concert halls and other venues in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia.
In addition to online classes, onsite events and other activities, members and nonmembers of the Pasadena Senior Center are encouraged to visit the website regularly for a quarterly online magazine, free food delivery for older adults in need, COVID updates specifically for older adults and more.
The center is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has served older adults for more than 60 years. During the pandemic, doors are open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for social services as well as the library, Sy Graff Fitness Center, computer lab and limited occupancy for events. Rooms are sanitized after each use.
In accordance with Pasadena Public Health Department guidelines, proof of COVID vaccination is required for everyone who uses the fitness center or attends onsite activities indoors. Masks are optional.