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           “NEW” CD just released on August 25 2018



New compositions by Martin Espino for Indigenous ancestral Mexican instruments, electronics, gongs, temple bells and harp!!! Very relaxing, healing and centering music. Visit the MERCHANDISE page here and order it now! All orders will include a FREE DOWNLOAD of "Rain Forest Maya", it's a 4.50 minute piece of music with Rain, Frogs and Animal sounds and a Jaguar, all generated with Ancient Mexican instruments!

Martin would like to perform these works as part of a guided meditation at Yoga Centers, Spiritual Centers or events of that nature. If you would like to have him come present, please contact Martin ASAP to book him!



Details at the Website "Calendar”                                                                                 

Nov 15 @ 330pm Native American Music program at San Pedro Library - Free

November 17 @ 1030am ANCIENT MEXICO - an interactive musical & cultural family event @ BRAND LIBRARY - Glendale, CA - In Honor of Native American Month; FYI: Mexico is in North America! LOL..... - Free


December 7 & 8 @ 7pm Latino Theatre Company presents LA VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE - DIOS INANTZIN (16th Year) - Free


MEXIKA "Music & Dance of Ancient Mexico"


WORLD WOOD FESTIVAL did a beautiful job capturing our elegant performance!!! MEXIKA can be booked for your event as the Power Trio of Musicians or the whole company: Musicians & Dancers. You tell us how many dancers you need because space is a consideration. By the way, the WWF invited us back to tour Cambodia and China in March 2018!!! Our performances always include giving knowledge to the audience regsrdless of age! We always stay around afterwards to take pictures and speak with people

To BOOK us, "click" CONTACT above in the Menu.

Please visit the MEXIKA page here on this website, thanks!!!






* Performing Musician for ALL ages
* Director of MEXIKA "Music and Dance of Ancient Mexico"
* Artist in Residence

* Instrument Maker
* Composer and Recording Session Artist




"FUEGO" is a recent concept and musical soundwork composed by Martin Espino for the "SoundPedro 2017" event that took place on June 3, 2017. The event was only about "sound" not melody, song or rhythm. Martin composed FUEGO's soundtrack using ancestral instruments of Mexico mixing it with high technology (Ableton Live, MacBook Pro, Digital Sound Processors, Midi Keyboard and Roland 505 Loop Station), thereby propelling our ancestrel sounds in the next millenia! The instruments were played live during the 20 minute composition made up of four separate compositions or panels of varying textures. He invited Brasilian cinematographer, Ivan Cordeiro to shoot the footage of Aztec dancer, Nazario Segura (member of MEXIKA "Music and Dance of Ancient Mexico") dancing the trsditional/ancient Mexica (aka Aztec) dance called FUEGO. Bill Almas, Long Beach visual artist, was then invited, who processed and mixed the video "live" as Martin performed the music!

Martin's concept for FUEGO was that fire is a commonality among all human experience, it has cooked our food, kept us warm and it was feared and utilized by all. So, he took inspiration from the dance called FUEGO, as a way to give it a Mexican statement!

Everyone has a great time but when Ivan saw the footage he shot, he was surprised and amazed, so, he decided to make a "Short" Movie/Documentary of this experience, produced with the help of Bill Almas! The result is a stunning landmark in modern Mexican visual and sonic art!!! This work is being submitted to this years' Chicano Film Festival in Hollywood, CA March 2017.

FUEGO is available for presentation!!!

There are two options, if you'd like to present FUEGO:

1) FUEGO performed by Martin Espino, music and Bill Almas, video processing. Approximately 30 minutes. Also includes prior to FUEGO performance, a "live" music performance of Martin's new ELECTRA AZTECA project (mixes, ancient mexican instruments with high tech gear, very upbeat and cutting edge).

2) FUEGO performance and a panel discussion afterwards with the four artsts involved: Martin Espino, Bill Almas, Nazario Segura and Ivan Cordeiro





Martin brings together 4 elements in this new project in his never ending search to have fun;expand his culture and be himself which always means it’ll be something not of the usual…

He mixes elements of Electronica (hip hop, drum n’ bass, dubstep, ambient etc); World Music (usually India, Middle East, Africa, Latin America), Fusion/World Jazz and lastly, Ancient Mexican Flutes and Percussion, which are played “live” along with keyboards and guitar.

He feels the music has a relaxing but grooving quality to it. So far, people really like it alot!!! He comments “It’s basically me DJ’ing myself and playing “live” too!

Visit:  once there, click on PLAYLISTS and select “Electra Azteca”, there you will hear how Martin sounds “live” with the four tracks that are there.

Book this for your next event. He’ll have an educational program for this project soon as well!!!






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 10-30 years!...and of course his, almost 50 years of experience in performing, teaching and people skills helps.

....Martin is the "real thing"....before you leave, please read the last entry below about "Living Indigenous", These are key things to know about Maestro Martin's work and aspirations.
Thanks, Lexi, page manager

Martin Espino is a very adventurous performer, almost 50 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, sound healing music 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 constantly 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 his instruments safely and quickly. He can work with any situation, 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!!!

Martin is on a path now that he's been wanting to study for many years, the new science called Nuero Science, the effect of sound on people. More to come, more innovation because that's what he does naturally, he doesn't try to be different, he just grows as the years go by!!! His upcoming CDs will reflect his work in what is now known as "Sound Work" and/or "Intentional Music".




Download his Music -or- Purchase his CD's
Visit his "MERCHANDISE" page, you'll find 23 pieces of his fine art music with ancient Mexican instruments, 9 of these pieces have not been released on CD yet, including two cool pieces called Martin "Live 2012" #2 & #3....they are very nice pieces of music...downloads are only .99

We are being taught that all music is Free and that you stream it without paying, support artists by purchasing downloads and CDs. So, please consider purchasing Martin's music!




Check out these VIDEO links at there are some new videos there about my ensemble MEXIKA "Music and Dance of Ancient Mexico".

2015 Video of MEXIKA with Martin Espino, Gabriel Castaneda, Erick Barraza & Nazario Segura (not filmed). Live at Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA

2014 Video of MEXIKA with Aztec dancers, featuring Maestro Nazario Segura...that day we had 10 dancers from DANZA AZTECA COAXOCHITL with us. This is "live" at Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA



2016 Video of MEXIKA with Martin Espino, Erick Barraza & Nazario Segura. "Live" at MEXICA NEW YEAR in East Los Angeles, CA



2015 Video of MEXIKA with Martin Espino, Gabriel Castaneda, Erick Barraza & Nazario Segura. "Live" at "FEEL GOOD YOGA FESTIVAL" Manhattan Beach, CA. Here we are with DANZA AZTECA YANKUITITL



Please check out Martin's "instrument Making" page on this website, it should answer all your questions.
Also visit: and "click" on the ALBUMs that says 2013-2016 Residencies and Sept-Dec 2016: Performances, Residencies & Workshops to see all the instruments that have been built at schools, libraries and more!!!

Although he is a performer, the demand for his instrument making sessions has grown vastly!!!

FANTASTIC NEWS!!! As of last July 2015, Martin's famous CD "CURANDERO" (The Healer) has just been released "live" by PANDORA internet radio.

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.
Contact us to book him.

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 :-)

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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 (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!




Masa Revolution (2016) Martin composed indigenous music and orchestral music for the animated opening of this film. Going to film festivals worldwide in 2017.Screen credit as composer and co-producer of the animated short.

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

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

Water & Power (2014) by Richard Montoya of Culture Clash. This Sundance film entry received rave reviews and they licensed my music. Screen credit as composer.

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. Screen credit as composer.

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

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

Year One (2009) with Jack Black. Sideman session.

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. Actors, 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. Screen credit as composer.

Bad Blood…The Hunger (2007) Sideman session.

Mayan Shamans (2007) Sideman session.

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

Special Ops Force (2003) Sideman session.

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

Amoxtli San Ce Tojuan (2000) Screen credit as composer.

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

Travel Videos (1990) Sideman session.

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

Cable TV - Cultura Nuestra (1984) Screen credit

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. Sideman session.

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. Credit as composer.

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

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



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 46 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!

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.



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:

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 Festivals, Preschools, Elementary Schools, Universities and City Libraries - Yearly since 1973 to Present
Television & Radio appearances/interviews - Yearly since 1973
Los Angeles Museum of Natural History - 34 years (ongoing)
Museum of Latin American Art/Hippodrome Gallery - 30 years (on going)
Childrens Museum of La Habra - 29 years
 (on going)
Center Ring Productions - 29 years
 (on going)
Young Audiences Inc. of Kern County - 27 years (on going)
Bowers Museum & Kidseum - 27 years
 (on going)
Children' Discovery Museum of San Jose - 27 years (ongoing)
Music Rhapsody (Instrument Making Teacher) - 25 years 
San Diego Botanical Gardens - 26 years (ongoing)

Southwest Museum 1983-2003
 - 20 years
Monterey Bay Aquarium - 14 years 
(on going)
Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific - 14 years (ongoing)

La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Tonantzin - 13 years (ongoing)
Wells Fargo Performing Arts Center - 11 years 

Tulipanes Festival - 11 years
 (on going)
California Traditional Music Society Staff - 10 years

Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center Educational Outreach Division - 10 years (ongoing)
UCLA Lectures at Schoenberg Hall - 8 years 
(on going)
Eco-Maya Festival - 6 years

Art & History Museum Ontario - 5 years (ongoing)
Young Audiences Inc. of Northern CA - 5 years
Cal State Fullerton Lectures - 3 years (ongoing)
Bloom School of Music and Dance -  summer workshops - 3 years ongoing
Cal Arts Institute Lectures - 3 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

Paso Robles Arts Fest - 2 years ongoing
Disneyland - 2 years
Oxnard College Lectures - 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