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MOIFA Hosts Virtual Thanksgiving Concert Featuring Cipriano Vigil

November 18th, 2020

The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) invites you to a virtual Thanksgiving concert featuring New Mexico music icon Cipriano Vigil. This free event will take place at 7 p.m. MST on Wednesday, November 25 on the MOIFA Facebook Page 

Vigil is a musician, instrument maker, author, and a New Mexico Living Treasure. Considered the master of New Mexico music, he is also the co-curator of the MOIFA exhibition “Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico.” 

Vigil grew up with a passion for New Mexican music. His father was a self-taught violinist and guitarist who played songs and built cigar box guitars. Vigil followed suit, learning to play at an early age and creating homemade instruments from pieces of wood that he collected while watching over the family’s cows. Years later, his passion fueled him to earn two master’s degrees – in bilingual education and ethnomusicology – and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology.  

Vigil taught at Northern New Mexico College for 24 years and has performed throughout New Mexico, the United States, and Mexico. He has been honored at the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival and he has received the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities Award, the National Heritage Award, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. His artistry and lifelong research led to writing the book “New Mexican Folk Music/Cancionero del Folklor Nuevomexicano,” published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2014.  

During the past 15 years, Vigil has also spread the love of music and the making of over 4,000 cigar box guitars for elementary school children throughout New Mexico. He continues to perform and conduct presentations on the history of New Mexican music during the COVID-19 pandemic via live video concerts. 

Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Time:  7 p.m. MST
Link to Virtual Event:


About the Museum of International Folk Art
The Museum of International Folk Art is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the International Folk Art Foundation and Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

The mission of The Museum of International Folk Art is to shape a humane world by connecting people through creative expression and artistic traditions. The museum holds the world’s largest international folk art collection of more than 130,000. Our collection spans from the Spanish Colonial period to modern-day New Mexico with changing contemporary exhibitions. 


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