Contact Martin Espino right now! Messages here go directly to his Email & iPhone :-) He will answer you promptly unless he's sleeping LOL

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

We just wanted to let you know that with this Native celebration coming around the corner, that beginning in 1980, Maestro/Temachtiani Martin Espino presented some of the first Performances, Lectures and Workshops (by that, we mean "frequently" and all over the nation) on this subject. He has delivered his knowledge with finesse and humor and has always makes mention of the connection to the present day. His words are based in research, he discussed the origins; he even revived reading/singing the poetry of King Nezahualcoyotl (1402-72) because of his philosophical view on death; Martin breaks the myths of Ofrenda vs Altar, that it is NOT a Hispanic celebration it is an "Indigenous Celebration"; he teaches the "correct language", not slang, for example he'll say "Zempaxochitl" NOT Sempasuchil, that is incorrect Nahuatl (a professor in Nahuatl whom Martin consults with told him, that's like  "Musho, instead of "Mucho", hahaha; and Maestro Martin will even teach you how to pronounce it correctly. So, there is a connection to Indigenous Mexico and Maestro Martin makes it. He doesn't play sad or scary music, this is a celebration of our loved ones who have passed on to the other side of life and thus his music is "upbeat" and "happy". Call and Book him for your Muertos event. He can come solo (perform or lecture) or with his group MEXIKA or with his absolutlely professional Aztec dancers!!!! He's even done Muertos art workshops making instruments! Of course, he and everyone he works with dresses in "fine indigenous garments"....
Temachtiani Martin gives knowledge, peace and love...

Get familiar with the art & mission of MARTIN ESPINO:
He performs for ALL ages (concerts and interactive concerts). You will see lots of educational presentations here but don't get tunnel vision, he is a PERFORMER & EDUCATOR, for "ALL" Ages!!!

Martin Espino is a very adventurous performer, over 40 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 more!!! 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 no one was using that word. It's a technique that allows him to teach and play with small to extremely large groups of people safely! Martin is well known for the magic he weaves with this technique!

CALENDAR: All his calendar announcements will explain what type of performance he is doing.
When you visit Martin's "Calendar" here "click" on any given date, and full details on the presentation will appear, even a map!!!

Martin Espino has appeared at this wonderful venue yearly since 2001 presenting family interactive music shows. He performed twice a day at 1230pm & 330pm during the weekend. He had large crowds that stayed even though it was hot!!! Here's a picture of his stage area!

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"


Martin will conducting FREE instrument making classes in East Los Angeles every Saturday in October, see calendar. On November 21, 2015 he'll be making FLUTES at yet another library! See calendar!

Martin just finished a sudden 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...



This summer was a fun time again, here's the instruments that were made at Bloom School of Music and Dance for their two week camp, ages: 3 - 8. The items you see are: California Clapper Sticks; Rainsticks; Mexican Cup Game and Bamboo Ocarinas.


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!


"BUILDING INSTRUMENTS" info:                                                                                     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, ya have to hire Martin to come out and teach you how to build them BUT we have also "Instrument Kits" for sale. Currently we have FLUTES & PANPIPES, so please inquire about them! We will have them available on this site soon though.

One more important thing: there will "4" INSTRUMENT MAKING SESSIONS every Saturday this October! Check the calendar! Four different instruments will be made: Rattles, Panpipes, Rainsticks and Flutes! See his calendar here!!!!!!!
THANK YOU to all the people who bought and ordered instruments from Martin this summer, it kept him real busy!!!

Although Martin is primarily a Performance Artist, he does lots of teaching and not just to children!

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



FANTASTIC NEWS!!! As of July 7th at 12am, 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
Please add CURANDERO to your playlist and give it all the "Likes" you can!!! Pandora told us there was only 1 song up and if more people like his music, they'll add more music from the CD, so, as of July 9, we have already heard 4 of Martin's compositions!!!

FYI: Martin has his music included at his Pandora Station he calls "MARTIN ESPINO CHILL OUT" 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!!!


CD: MEXIKA - Sounds of Ancient Mexico has just released a new CD called "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 (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!


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!


Read the latest testimonials of Martin's work as a musical artist and educator

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 :-)

- preview & download - preview, download and CD purchase


On Friday, May 1, 2015, An interview appeared in the LONG BEACH
 PRESS TELEGRAM. This interview was about a performance with my group, MEXIKA and DANZA AZTECA COAXOCHITL, under direction of Liliana Curioca that happened on May 3 at Museum of Latin American Art's "Cinco de Mayo Festival". Go online and check it out!

Martin Espino performed for this years' Los Angeles County Summer Reading 2015 theme "READING TO RHYTHM". He received bookings from Bell Gardens Library, two bookings at El Camino Real Library, Bell Library, Chet Holyfield Library, Whittier Main Library and received a grant to visit 4 libraries in Anaheim to hold Flute Making sessions for three days at each library!!!

Check out this movie, "EL MUERTO" (The Dead One) 2007. Martin is all over the soundtrack too! Although he played ancient indigenous Mexican instruments in a musical way, he also created sound effects with them! Any strange sound in the movie was Martin. He also performed the weird "Chanting" (in the Nahuatl language) in the beginning of the movie and during the movie when the evil characters appear and speak. The movies' not too scary; it's actually more of a love story...we always tell people to rent it or buy it or see it during October and November for El Dia de Los Muertos! Available on



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!!!

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.


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!




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 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                                                        

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