Cleofes Ortiz

Type
Individual
Role
Artist
Identifier
OrtizCleofes
Functions, Occupations, and Activities
>Fiddler
Heritage
Hispanic
Medium
Music
Biography
Cleofes Ortiz was a fiddler and performer of traditional New Mexican music and was considered a state treasure. More than 75 of his performances have been taped and included in the J.D. Robb Archive of Southwestern Music at the University of New Mexico. He was interviewed on NPR for All Things Considered, and in 1986 he received the Governor's Award for excellence in the arts. He often performed in the community, sharing old music with new listeners in elementary schools and visiting senior citizen centers to share it with those others who may have grown up with those songs. Despite not reading music, Ortiz had a large repertoire; at one time he played 69 songs in one sitting from memory when prompted. [source: Dana Everts 5/29/1989]
Related collection
AR.00020 Dana Everts Collection (is related to)
Related people/organizations
Charles Aguilar (taught)
Dana Everts-Boehm (interviewed by)