The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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You can find my music on Jango (World & latin - Worldbeat) and at iTunes and most online stores.
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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

The hereafter re me

My photo
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Monday, August 7, 2017

A music stand by Maria Jimenez Ojeda and family

Maria Jimenez Ojeda of San Martin Tilcajete is world renown for her exceptional pieces and I feel very fortunate to have two music stands by Maria and her family.  Her brothers, Alberto, Arón, Miguel, and Cándido, do most of the carving and carpentry and Maria paints... and what incredible painting it is.
Her work is always so delicate and detailed. Look at this gold filigree on the vertical.
Fine detail work covers the entire piece... and it works perfectly holding music
 The doves are constant in her work and always her amazing tiny detail work .  On all her pieces her signature is almost microscopic.
Maria is one of the few women heading a carving family and one of the most preeminent artist in Oaxaca.


RustyMary said...

Hi Christopher. I am also a musician and will be returning to Oaxaca in September. I would LOVE to see more of Maria's music stands and if it is within my reach I would love to purchase one from her/her family. I am a songwriter and play guitar but my true love these days is the fiddle. I am learning to play and am actually using a music stand to read the music. It would be wonderful to have such a beautiful music stand. Please let me know if you can share contact info. I can be reached privately at

sonya melescu said...

You are so fortunate to have these beautiful pieces of art from Maria Jimenez Ojeda.