Contact Martin Espino right now! Messages here go directly to his Email & iPhone :-) He will answer you promptly unless he's sleeping, LOL...  This is actually his "email" address embedded here. When you write to Martin he will be able to reply to you because he'll see your email address.

NOTE RE: BOOKING - If you want to ask Martin when he is available, the best thing to do is, check his "calendar" here first, then ask him for the date(s) you want.

ESPANOL:
Haz contacto con Martin ahorita!!! Su mensaje llegara inmediatamente a Martin por correo-electronico y iPhone! Le contestara rapidito, si no esta ocupado o dormiendo! Si Ud. quiere preguntar a Martin cuando esta disponible para una presentacion, es mejor chequear a su calendario aca primero.



WELCOME - BIENVENIDOS: The MISSION & ART of MARTIN ESPINO:

SPECIAL NOTES: Check out VIDEO links to youtube.com/mexikamusic there are some new videos there about my ensemble MEXIKA "The Sound of Ancient Mexico", also..... see the latest video, click on "MEXIKA" in the menu here, enjoy!!!

We can see that you are searching for certain things, i.e. Makng Bamboo Flutes or Aztec dancers, so please ask questions, no one asks any questions!!! We will write to you nearly instantly!

ANOTHER SPECIAL NOTE: Please check out Martin's
"instrument Making" page, it should answer all your questions. Although he is a performer, the demand for his instrument making sessions has grown vastly!!!

Martin is "World Class Performing Artist" performing for ALL ages (concerts and interactive concerts). Although you will see that he presents many, many educational presentations, don't get tunnel vision, he is a PERFORMER & EDUCATOR, for "ALL" Ages!!!

You're going to learn a lot about Master Performer and Educator, Martin Espino! This is not an easy title and reputation to have or live up to! It comes from the praise of his audience, his numerous students, those who hired him (many of his clients have hired him yearly for over 10-25 years!...and of course his, over 45 years of experience in performing, teaching and people skills helps. This page contains updates on his life and music and we will update this page regularly because Martin is so busy.

Martin Espino is a very adventurous performer, over 45 years of real experience on stage, studio and classroom, often times playing going beyond the boundaries of his indigenous traditional roots and venturing into experimental music and sounds. Yet, on the traditional side, he is part of ceremonies, soundwalks, sound baths, healing workshops, therapuetic drumming and "living indigenous" (see one of the last entries at the bottom of this page). His music for the younger crowd is always upbeat and happy. Adult audiences obviously can handle more challenging music and so Martin does that easily. Martin Espino is a highly versatile performer and educator. Again, for ALL ages.

He also presents workshops, instrument building sessions and residencies. Martin "pioneered" what he calls "Interactive Performance" back in the early 1980's when very, very few artists used that word, much less interacted with an audience! It's actually, a "technique", that allows him to teach and perform with a "live and full sound" when he presents as a solo artist. This turned into a wonderful thing, because he can perform and hand out, safely and quickly, his instruments to everything from small to extremely large groups of people. Martin is well known for the magic he weaves with this technique! Because Martin makes this so easy, it's opened up his ability to reach a larger audience of people of all walks of life, nationalities and ages; people "love to play music" and Martin's strong and motivational direction makes things that much easier!!!



BOOKINGS:
If you want to "BOOK" Martin, look at the calendar to see his available dates and then contact him. Easy!!!


HOW TO USE MARTIN'S CALENDAR:                                                                            
When you visit Martin's "Calendar" here "click" on any given date, and full details on the presentation will appear, even a map!!! All his calendar announcements will explain what type of performance he is doing. 95% of his programs are FREE to the Public!!!! Of course, he gets paid...All his programs are for ALL ages/families.



BEFORE YOU LEAVE THIS PAGE, please read the last entries at the end of this page: "more about Maestro Martin"; "Very Important" and "Living Indigenously". These are key things to know about Maestro Martin's work and aspirations.
Thanks, Lexi, page manager



FREE/GRATIS: SAMPLE of Upcoming "PUBLIC" PERFORMANCES
"Click on the dates" in our calendar for more details, also: please check Martin's calendar as it changes weekly!

Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 330pm - Aliso Viejo Library "Ancient Mexico" interactive program for families

Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ 12pm - Canyon Country Library, Santa Clarita, CA "Ancient Homelands" (North, Central and South Americas native music). El Dia del Nino (Day of the Child), an interactive program for families!

Sunday, May 1, 2016 @ 1-4pm - Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) - Martin will perform, interact with the audience and take time to speak with the public and give his knowledge. It's a FREE event!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2016 @ 5 - 8pm - BOWERS MUSEUM, Santa Ana, CA "Thirsty Thursday" cultural happy hour

Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ 10am - 4pm San Diego Botanical Gardens - Martin performs "ongoing intertactive jam sessions with the audience", ALL DAY at this event and also gives his knowledge of the origins of chocolate in Mexico!

Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 730pm Maturango Museum - Martin presents an interactive performance for an adult audience!

Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 11am - 2pm Maturango Museum - Ongoing workshops to make simple "Rattles" with kids!

Sunday, May 15, 2016 @ 12 noon - Encinitas Environmental Day "ECO FEST 2016" - Solo performance "Music on Ancient Flutes of the Americas"

Saturday, May 26, 2016 @ 10am-4pm Paso Robles Arts Fest - Martin performs a solo set on stage @ 1pm and will have his own booth to hold "ongoing jam native jam sessions" ALL DAY....

Saturday, June 11, 2016 @ 230pm - Temple City Library, San Gabriel, CA - "Ancient Homelands" (North, Central and South Americas native music).

and more......check Martin's calendar!!!




WHERE DOES MARTIN WANT TO GO?
MARTIN ESPINO wants to visit your COUNTRY and perform or do workshops! This site gets about 10 to 20+ visitors gets daily and more! There are more and more people from other countries visiting, welcome!!! Bienvenidos! We've even had as many as 700 visits in one day to Martin's site!!!!


CURRENTLY ACCEPTING BOOKINGS in FESTIVALS and other PERFORMANCE EVENTS in 2016 & BEYOND:
USE the "calendar" to check for Martin's "open dates". Martin is available as a SOLO performing artist or as a duo, trio or ensemble (for example his group MEXIKA "The Sound of Ancient Mexico" or the Duo: Journey through the Americas" with Higgy Vasquez.



CONTINUALLY ACCEPTING BOOKINGS in LIBRARIES in 2016:
USE the "calendar" to check for Martin's "open dates". A word to all you librarians out there!!! Well, I know lots of libraries have booked but a whole bunch haven't...so far, I have bookings from January to June: Sunkist Library (4 sessions of instrument making); Whittier Library and I just secured bookings from Temple City Library and Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library and one more possible confirmation from Huntington Beach Library. Just added, Aliso Viejo Library. Just added too: El Camino Real Library...and possibly Santa Ana Library!!!

Last year he received bookings from Bell Gardens Library, El Camino Real Library, Bell Library, Chet Holyfield Library, Whittier Main Library and Martin received funding from a grant to visit 4 libraries in Anaheim to hold Flute Making sessions for three days at each library!!! Later, he was at Anthony Quinn Library and Sunkist Library for four Saturdays making different instruments at each session at each library! He ended 2015 with building instruments at City Terrace Library!!!

Scroll down and see the pictures we posted on his October 2015 visit to Anthony Quinn Library.

Martin Espino has played libraries since 1973, back when people hardly did that type of thing!!!




MARTIN IS ON PANDORA:
FANTASTIC NEWS!!! As of last July 2015, Martin's famous CD "CURANDERO" (The Healer) has just been released "live" by PANDORA internet radio. Back in the day of that recording, Martin recalls how no one wanted to play or could play the indigenous instruments. He couldn't find anyone to play on the recording, so he played all the instruments himself! Pieces from CURANDERO have been used in theater production, video and in 2014, the movie, "Water & Power" by Culture Clash's Richard Montoya. Now with PANDORA internet radio, Martin's music has a new life again!!!

Purchase his music here at his "Store" or on iTunes, Rhaspody and cdbaby.com/espino.
Please add CURANDERO to your playlist and give it all the "Likes" you can!!! This is the 30th Anniversary of CURANDERO!!! It has sold 1000's of copies over the years!

FYI: Martin has his music included at his "Pandora One Station", which he calls "MUSICA COSMICA Martin Espino" because it goes great with all the diverse music he has there. Thank you Pandora!!! It has very nice relaxing music from Pow Wow to Electronic Meditation to Music from India to his music!!! So, if you are have PANDORA ONE, then  you can find Martin's station!




"BUILDING INSTRUMENTS" info:
We see you :-) We know you're looking at Martin's site for info on how to build musical instruments, sorry there are no instructions here to build instruments, you'll have to hire Martin to come out and teach you how to build them.

NEW: "Instrument Kits" for sale...inquire about them now!


These next few weeks:
Martin is continuing with his residencies in schools and performances in libraries mentioned in his calendar. He added up the total instruments he will have made and it came to 534 instruments that will be made this year. Actually more requests just came in. He still has room in his calendar to book more. Contact us to book him.

THANK YOU to all the people who bought and ordered instruments from Martin this summer, it kept him real busy!!!



PHOTO of Martin Espino at Diego Rivera Exhibit at BOWERS MUSEUM with the Consulate of Mexico, Mr. Mario Cuevas Zamora and Ms. Aguilar



MARTIN ESPINO, COMPOSER:
Martin just finished composing music for an independent movie that went to Brasil over the weekend. Martin played a number of styles: Brasilian samba, ambient style, sound effects with rocks as well as playing piano and guitars...He is currently finishing composing music for a animated short that is the beginning to Patricia Nazario's independent film on the history of the "food truck" called MASA REVOLUTION. For that film he is doing Aztec and Maya styles, Modern orchestral sounds and even some low rider music at the end, lol. That film will be entered in film festivals in 2016! He even credit as co-producer of the animated short because of all the research he contributed to make it authentic, not Disney.
Martin recently performed some casual shows to work out the bugs in another new performance, this time with instruments from around the world and using ambient chill grooives, his friend, Higgy Vasquez added live percussion! It was a hit! Martin also recently performed at the Misterios Ocultos Seminar where he presented his new meditation compositions, soon to be a CD called AZTEC MEDITATION.



CD: CURANDERO (The Healer)
This is the 30th Anninversary of this CD!!! Back in 1984 Martin released "CURANDERO" of the first CDs of it's kind in North America, using the instruments of Ancient Mexico and the Amazon!!! Since then it has sold 1,000's of copies throughout the world!!! Music from this CD has been used in theatre works, videos, plays, performances and even used as recently as "Water and Power" movie (2014) by Richard Montoya!!! Martin has released a "30th Year Anniversary" edition of CURANDERO complete with a new cover and art design! CDs are NOW available...$10.00 plus shipping for a CD direct from Martin (his address is under the CONTACT tab) and download for .99 a song!!! Let us know if you want it signed and it shall be done! Visit the STORE.
The CD is also available at Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA and at all public appearances listed on our calendar here :-)


ALSO AVAILABLE AT:
iTunes
- preview & download
cdbaby.com/espino - preview, download and CD purchase





CD: MEXIKA - Sounds of Ancient Mexico - "Live at Viento y Agua 2011":
The CD is available here, and at Rhapsody, Apple iTunes, Google Music Store, Shazam and more and soon on cdbaby.com (details soon). You can also "stream" our music at Spotify, Xbox Music, iHeart Radio, You Tube Music Key and others! The CD is a fantastic example of the mostly high energy traditional dance rhythms used in what's known as the Aztec Dance; original compositions by the group and some from our folklore as well, all captured "live".....with exotic clay flutes and ocarinas, a musical hunters bow, Yaqui water drums, stone xylophones, large huehuetl drums, clay timbale drums and more....

This "live" recording documents the legacy of the fantastic Maestros Nazario Segura, Gabriel Castaneda and Erick Barraza on ancient Mexican percussions and Maestro Martin Espino on the ancestral Mexican wind instruments!






OCTOBER 2015: PICTURES of "AZTEC INSTRUMENT MAKING" at ANTHONY QUINN LIBRARY in East L.A.
Martin conducted four (4) free instrument making classes in East Los Angeles every Saturday during October. We had a great variety of ages: grade 3 to adults attending. Here's pictures of the instruments:


MEXIKA "The Sounds of Ancient Mexico". 14 YEARS @ MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM
Here is a picture of Maestro Nazario Segura and Martin Espino. They played ALL day both in performance format and inviting the audience to interact with them...


NEW MEXICO STATE FAIR Sept 14-20, 2015:
Martin Espino was invited to perform with TLECOATL "Danza y Musica Azteca". This quintet is comprised of three members from Martin's group, MEXIKA. They turned out to be the biggest draw at the fair! They wowed people at the Rodeo, The Mexican Plaza and, of course, the Indian Village, where they presented daily in the evening and during the day! They were even invited to accompany Maestro Polito's "TOTONAC VOLADORES" for their evening shows! Here are some pictures of them:

Left to Right: Nazario Segura, Gabriel Castaneda, Martin Espino, Victor E and Daniel Melendez
Nazario Segura

TLECOATL with the "Totonac Voladores de Panpantla"


SUMMER 2015:
Martin received a surge of orders for his handmade flutes, rattles, ocarinas, bird whistles, conch shell trumpets and teponaztlis!!!! You can see what he makes by visiting his store!!! Here's some of his instruments he's sold. The following instruments are: Martin's "Quetzalcoatl" Flute, Bamboo Bass Ocarina, Mayan Kayum Drums (gourd) and Teponaztli slit drums (bamboo). He can conduct workshops making these or you may purchase these as well...

 

 

MOVIES THAT MARTIN WORKED ON:
Check out NETFLIX.COM and watch WATER & POWER (2013) a movie by Richard Montoya of Culture Clash. I'm all over the soundtrack ese!!! Esta "FREE" to watch ese...Martin has worked on many movies, here's one of the most and coolest because he got not only screen credit but they actually licensed his music and his sounds actually dominate much of the movies' atmosphere!!! Thank you Gingerr Shankar!

 


MORE MOVIES MARTIN WORKED ON:
Martin also worked on EL MUERTO (2009) with Wilmer Balderrama and Tony Plana. Martin walked the red carpet at as many of the premieres he could go to...he was at the question and answers sessions after the movie too! Thank you Javier! Martin did all the weird sounds and Nahuatl chanting throughout the whole movie! So, anything weird you hear it's Martin

Masa Revolution (2016) Martin composed indigenous music and orchestral music for the animated opening of this film. Going to film festivals worldwide in 2016.

Convicente Gil (2015) Martin composed the entire soundtrack on guitar, keyboard, Brasilian/Jazz/Ambient inspired music. This film went to Brasil in Nov 2015.

Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine (2015), this PBS Special where Martin played Middle Eastern instruments.

Water & Power (2014) by Richard Montoya of Culture Clash. This Sundance film entry received rave reviews and they licensed my music, on Netflix

El Proletariado de Aztlan (2014) The Cypress Street Mural Restoration. Martin composed the entire soundtrack for Chicano Master Muralist, Emigdio Vasquez with Emigdio's son, Higgy on percussion.

Celestial City” (2010) by conscious hip-hop trio, EL VUH premiered by MTV.

Shrek Forever (2010) played conch shells on this film!

Year One (2009) with Jack Black

El Muerto (2009), Sundance film entry: sometimes marketed as The Dead One (2009), has gotten consistent airplay on Showtime, HBO, Netflix and Cinemax, especially during 2009-2010 and was Winner at Whittier Film Festival

Bad Blood…The Hunger (2007)

Mayan Shamans (2007)


Burwa Dii Ebo - The Wind and The Water (2007) Another Sundance film entry.

Special Ops Force (2003)

The California Milk Advisory (2000-2004) This was a nong running commercial on Latino TV channels.

Amoxtli San Ce Tojuan (2000)

Addams Family (1991) -
The scene where Morticia and Gomez do the tango, Martin played guitar on that!

Travel Videos (1990)

Days of Our Lives (1987) - Martin appears as a musician in this "jail break" scene.

Cable TV - Cultura Nuestra (1984)


THEATRE WORKS, RECORDING PROJECTS BY OTHER ARTISTS, THEME PARKS & VIDEO GAMES:

2010 - Healing Drum by Christine Stevens.

2008 - Pepe Serna’s “El Ruco Chuco Cholo Pachuco show” Martin composed all ths music for Pepe, in various styles of music for “live” presentation for veteran Chicano actor, Pepe Serna (Scarface, Car Wash, Man from Reno and more).

2007 - Heroes of Telara” (2010) Foley Sound Efx and Musical Sounds for this new, ultra-modern online game

2005 to Present - La Virgen de Guadalupe – Dios Inantzin Composed “Live” soundtrack and "live" foley of Indigenous Style Music for Jose Luis Valenzuela LATC production

1995 - Los Enemigos Martin composed Indigenous Style Mexican Music for the entire production put on by Cal State L.A.'s theatre department.

1989 - Lost River Delta for Tokyo Disney Resort – Japan. Martin worked with composer, Brad Kelly.

 

UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY ON THE LIFE OF MARTIN ESPINO: 
Having spent the last 2 1/2 years filming Martin at his various performances and workshops, Brazilian film maker, Ivan Cordeiro be assembling the footage creating a Documentary on Maestro Martin's life and work. It will feature, performing, teaching, instrument making and the everyday life of Martin Espino. Mr. Cordeiro plans to enter his documentary into film festivals during 2016!!! More details to come!!!


DOCUMENTARY FOR MURALIST, EMIGDIO VASQUEZ:
Martin composed music for a documentary on Chicano Master Muralist, Emigdio Vasquez, in 2014, that we just recieved the link for "THE CYPRESS STREET MURAL "EL PROLETARIADO DE AZTLAN" completed 8/28/14. You can see it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0PZ23Ev4Fl




SCHOOL YEAR 2014 - 2015:
Maestro Martin doing lots of intense teaching going on, with some 8 residencies (they last 5-10 weeks), making over 800 instruments! Don't forget he harvests and prepares all the instrument kits! He has made over 60,000 with his students since 1990. He is pioneer of frequently presenting instrument making workshops! He would love to come teach you.

 

MORE ABOUT MAESTRO MARTIN:
Since 1968 MARTIN ESPINO, a "World Class Performer and Master Teaching Artist" has performed on stages all over the U.S.A. and Mexico and he is one of the few "original revivalists" living in North America of the ancient musical instruments of Mexico!  


 
Since 1975, he has conducted scholarly research into this field of music and culture and is a recognized authority in this area. With over 40 years of teaching experience and tons of personality and passion, his students rave about his workshops and performances! He works with ALL ages. 
 
Martin Espino is of Yaqui (Sonora) and Tepehuano (Durango) indigenous Mexicano heritage


Although Martin is a "performing artist" and "ceremonial artist" but you'll see at this website that he has developed and presented many original educational presentations!



 He is one of thee first to give lectures on El Dia de Los Muertos, as well as The Ancient Music of Mexico and Origins of Mexicanos! In the early, 1980's, he developed a technique he calls "Interactive Performance" which involves the audience of ALL ages, playing on ancient Mexican instruments! He is the pioneer of this technique, which of course, interactive is big now, but back when he created this concept, no one used "interactive" in conjunction with music!

Of course, Martin uses the common core, performing arts standards and multiple intelligences in his work, he was  doing that before they called it that. He goes back a long way and has always been conscious of innovative and creative ways to enlighten and educate both adults and children! He gives information, culture, history, breaks the myths about the Americas and it's original people...but mostly he adds his passion, spirit and humor to reach out!!!


Martin, with his Mexican indigenous instruments has worked in nearly every field of music: by mixing avant-garde music and world instruments as founder of the trio "No Mambo" (1995-1998) with Daryll Tewes and Ernaldo Salquez; creating new works for indigenous American wind instruments and world percussion as both composer and founder of "Nahualli Ensemble" (1992-2000) with Cassio Duarte and Brad Dutz; creating new works for world instruments with musicians from various parts of the world as co-founder of "Ancient Grooves" (2008-2011) with John Zeretzke, Malik Sow, Enzo Fina and Chipli Pandit and recently, Martin has been playing avant-garde jazz as part of "Not Quite Free", a Long Beach outfit of exceptional jazz experimental musicians led by Dave Williams, trumpeter also Martin has been working with long time partner, percussionist Higgy Vasquez in creating hybrid indigenous and Latin music. This year they plan to embark on a plan to create a Sound Library to provide soundtracks, music and effects for motion picture industry and other media 

 
His professional references will verify his longevity in this field and will tell you that there's lots of love and strong passion in his artistic work. He is known by many as a World Class Performing Artist, Researcher and a top notch Educator of ALL ages, Lecturer and Instrument Maker!

 
 


VERY IMPORTANT:

You must know how important the work of this man is and what it takes to do and stay with it: Martin tries as much as possible to "live indigenously". Not just to make a living but to be better to preserve the practice of playing these instruments and bettering his inner self and spirit. He has been interested since he was a young boy. He started on this path early, out of his own cultural and personal interests. Martin's interest in this life came as a focus to preserve the legacy of Ancient Mexico and it somehow just felt good to him to play these instruments. Mind you, back when he began there was really NO audience for this type of music or they unusual sounds they made but in last 20 there have been a whole bunch of people who saw either Martin or his friend, Xavier Quijas perform. Those people bought the instruments as they became more readily available and then claimed to be either masters or authorities on these instruments. Those are the people who don't acknowledge Martin or Xavier. This is important because there is an honesty in Martin's work and his legacy.
It's NOT enough to just play these instruments! You must be aware that it is necessary to hold onto what is important to our indigenous past and LIVE IT: from the traditional garments, the food, living as much indigenous as possible, making  ones' own instruments, attending Mexica danza ceremonies and more! Martin plays ALL the instruments of his ancestral heritage; He OWNS his own instruments, MAKES his own instruments and native jewelry, he HAS his own regalia garments, has been at this SINCE 1975 (researching and creating a huge home library) and didn't just memorize books and info; Martin attends and performs at "Danza" ceremonies and stays for the entire ceremony!!! He understands indigenous diet and tries to live the teachings of Nezahualcoyotl (Mexican king and philosopher c.1402) and is learning both the Nahuatl and Yoeme languages. He speaks Spanish. He has performed with indigenous musicians in Mexico; consults with authorities in this realm; performs everywhere and teaches everywhere.
The art, work and life of Martin Espino is about preserving the ancient sounds, historical musical practices and making a positive impact. When you get a chance go see him perform or purchase his wonderful, ethereal music!

 

 

ESPANOL:

Cuando visiten el calendario, van a ver que hay muchos programas gratis, la mayoria de los programas anunciados en el calendario de Martin son gratis. Visiten el calendario y haz un "click" en cualquier fecha y informacion sobre la presentacion va a abrir, incluyendo una mapa!!!

MAS:
En la tienda aqui, llamada STORE, hay instrumentos indigenas Mexicanas de venta. Pueden escuchar a estos instrumentos al:  https://soundcloud.com/martin-espino


Compra la musica de Maestro Martin Espino aqui en su STORE, Martin tiene cancioncitas por .99 centavos por cancion. Tambien se puede escuchar a los instrumentos que el tiene de venta al
https://soundcloud.com/martin-espino


 

More on the importance of “PRESERVING, REVIVING and LIVING INDIGENOUS”:

A little more on Martin: he did NOT start doing this because he saw someone do it and then started, which is ok, but the vast majority of other artists do not give honor to say where they learned and who they learned from. In this realm, the majority of people have learned from someone or saw someone. In this realm, you thank those you learn from or you're dishonorable. Back when he began, he had to research everything, there was no internet back then or anyone selling these instruments, even the Danza Mexica (Azteca) spearheaded by Maestro Florencio Yeskas had just barely arrived to North America around 1973 and so he had to read everything he could get his hands on. Martin started playing these instruments: because he liked how they sounded after hearing some field recordings from the Smithsonian; as part of can only be called an "ancestral calling" since an early age, before he was a musician he fell in love with these sounds. It wasn't until the mid 80's did he learn of Antonio Zepeda, the god-father of this revival and Jorge Reyes in Mexico. They inspired him too! After studying what happened to his ancestors’ culture and way of life, he dedicated himself to preserve/revive these sounds. Of there are many to thank, but he thanks especially his close friends, Xavier Quijas Yxayotl and Nash Tavewa for building his clay instruments.

Martin started out as a guitarist in 1968, later, earning a Bachelor of Music with Honors in 1978 from Immaculate Heart College in “performance and classical guitar”. That he now makes his living playing Mexican indigenous instruments was actually not his original intention! He gets many calls for his work with the ancestral instruments!

Before he was a musician, he has always been "into his culture" but didn't know the effects it was having on him. He follows the spiritual words and advice found in the "real" worldly/spiritual teachings and philosophy of Nezahualcoyotl and other pre-Spanish invasion philosophers/poets. He researches and eats the indigenous foods (see his videos at youtube.com/martinespinomusic), he even speaks Spanish, conducted research in Mexico and has performed with native musicians while there and even wears the "trajes" or traditional outfits and attends Mexica (mistakenly called Aztec) ceremonies. He makes his own jewelry, headdresses and designs his outfits too! 
He even stays and plays for the "entire ceremony", playing his flutes and percussion for the dancers (danzantes).  

Martin is strict in this way, believing that you can't just play these instruments, you have to live it, many out there don't.

Martin lives his work and continues to move forward and speak out.

 


PERFORMANCE RECORD: 

Preschools, Elementary Schools, Universities and City Libraries - Yearly since 1973 to Present
Television & Radio appearances/interviews - Yearly since 1973
Childrens Museum of La Habra - 28 years
 (on going)
Center Ring Productions - 28 years
 (on going)
Bowers Museum & Kidseum - 26 years
 (on going)
Music Rhapsody (Instrument Making Teacher) - 25 years 
Museum of Latin American Art - 20 years (on going)

Southwest Museum 1983-2003
 - 20 years
Monterey Bay Aquarium - 13 years 
(on going)
Wells Fargo Performing Arts Center - 11 years 

Tulipanes Festival - 11 years
 (on going)
Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific - 13 years (ongoing)

La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Tonantzin - 12 years (ongoing)
California Traditional Music Society Staff - 10 years

UCLA Lecture at Schoenberg Hall - 8 years 
(on going)
Eco-Maya Festival - 6 years

Cerritos Performing Arts Center - 3 years

Mesa College in San Diego, CA Performance/Lecture - 3 years

Mexican Independence Day at Seattle Center - 3 years

California Academy of the Sciences - 3 years

Cal State University Fullerton - 3 years (on going)
Bloom School of Music and Dance -  summer workshops - 2 years ongoing
Disneyland - 2 years
Oxnard College - 2 years

Cal Arts Institute - 2 years

Autry Museum
- 2 years                                                        

International:
Galeria Mukul Ja, Tabasco, Mex 2000

Hola TVT, Tabasco, Mex 2000

La Venta Zona Arqueologica, Tabasco, Mex 2000

Radio Comun, Tabasco, Mex 2000

La Campana Zona Arqueologica, Colima, Mex 1997



Thank for visiting, Lexi, page manager

All written and musical materials created by Martin Espino (c) & (p) 1984