Contact Martin Espino right now! Messages here go directly to his email & phone :-) He will answer you promptly!

Haz contacto con Martin ahorita, Mensajes aqui van directamente a su correo-electronico y a su telefono! Le contestara rapidito!

MARTIN ESPINO wants to come to your COUNTRY and perform or do workshops! Among the 10-20 visitors this site gets daily, now more than ever, there are more and more people from other countries visiting, welcome!!! Bienvenidos!!!

I know you're looking at Martin's "building instruments" pages, sorry NO instructions are here to build instruments, ya have to hire Martin to come out and teach you how to build them!

I am primarily a performer, but as you can see I do lots of teaching and not just to children. I will be offering on April 5 a workshop 10am-2pm to make "GOURD RAIN STICKS". Please visit the calendar and "click" on the date to see more info.

PLEASE VISIT Martin Espino's "STORE" to support this artistic work!!!
Welcome!!! Bienvenidos (pueden escribir a Martin en Espanol)

NEWS UPDATE: Martin Espino is available for the Los Angeles County Summer Reading theme "READING TO RHYTHM". He  already has received 8 bookings at the Bell Gardens Library, two bookings at El Camino Real Library, Bell Library and Chet Holyfield Library, two bookings at Inglewood Libraries and Whittier Main Library, so book him ASAP as these bookings happened this week!!!!!!!! Click on the "Calendar" to see available dates!!!!!!!!

NEWS UPDATE: 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, iTunes & Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA

NEWS UPDATE: Brazilian film maker, Ivan Cordeiro is currently making 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 will be entering this documentary into film festivals in 2015!!!

NEWS UPDATE: 2015 has lots of intense teaching going on, as Martin has 7 or 8 residencies (they last 5-10 weeks), making a little over 700 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 workshops! He would love to come teach you.

NEWS UPDATE: New page added here: "Testimonials"

NEWS UPDATE: Martin is also working with his old friend, John Zeretzke's "Flutes Across the World", getting Martin even more opportunities!!! And yes John does know what he's doing hahahaha! 


Martin playing for MEXIKA NEW YEAR in  East L.A. - March 21, 2015 with the Xipe Totec Dancers

Video of one of Martin's students after two lessons!!! Give this little guy some likes, geez!!!!

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!



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!

Martin's calendar is updated constantly so stay on the look out...Again 99% of these programs are FREE.

Thank for visiting, Lexi, page manager

VISIT Martin's STORE here and Purchase Martin Espino's music via "download" or "cd". He appreciates your patronage and support!!!

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!!!

En la tienda aqui, llamada STORE, hay instrumentos indigenas Mexicanas de venta. Pueden escuchar a estos instrumentos al:

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:


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, 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.


Preschools, Elementary to 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 - 27 years
 (on going)
Bowers Museum & Kidseum - 26 years
 (on going)
Music Rhapsody (Instrument Making Teacher) – 25 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 - 12 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

Museum of Latin American Art - 3 years 
(on going)
Cal State University Fullerton - 3 years (on going)
Disneyland - 2 yearsOxnard College - 2 years

Cal Arts Institute - 2 years

Autry Museum
- 2 years                                                        

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


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