Martin Espino’s native heritage is Yaqui (Sonora, Mex) & Tepehuano (Durango, Mex).


Bachelor of Music Degree "with Honors" in Performance - Immaculate Heart College 1978


1966 began MUSIC career: 51 years World-class Performer.

1969 began TEACHING: 50 years Master Teaching Artist.

Since 1975: 44 years scholarly research of Indigenous Mexican Music.

Since 1980: Pioneer of “Interactive Performance” for all ages, including: conducting educational/cultural workshops, artist in residence and performances.

Since 1990: Master Instrument Builder over 75,000 instruments made with ages 3 – Adults.


Martin’s work has encompassed ages as early as preschool to adults, special needs population and recently the deaf & hard of  hearing community.

48 years of "engaging audiences, transforming ordinary spaces into inviting and inclusive performance spaces, if not, sacred spaces where the music can take place.


Martin was covering what is now called the Visual and Performing Arts Standards way before it was called that. 


Martin is also a "Sound Worker" (using principles of Neuroscience for beneficial well-being or healing). Creator of "Ancient Mexico Vibration Experience" for deaf people.


Martin Espino’s work improves multi-tasking, listening skills, respect of nature and process. He developed his teaching methods by following his judgement, experience and heart as well as his natural abilities, input from educators and student input!


Martin currently performs locally, nationally and internationally as a Soloist and with his acclaimed group, MEXIKA “Music and Dance of Ancient Mexico”. He is also a Master Outreach Teaching Artist for College of the Canyons Educational Outreach (2004 - present). He also provides Soundbath and Meditation events.


He toured Austria in March 2019 and May 2019 for the World Wood Day Festival as featured international artist.



1985 - Present   Major arts providers, performers and clients Martin has worked with:

  • Museum of Latin American Art (30 yrs)
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (19 yrs)
  • Aquarium of the Pacific (18 yrs)
  • Latino Theatre Group (19 years)
  • Young Audiences of Kern (21 yrs)
  • World Wood Day
  • Zoom North America
  • Cardenas Markets
  • Sony Inc.
  • California Traditional Music Society (10 yrs)
  • Arts Council for Long Beach (5 yrs)
  • Brass Band of Battle Creek
  • Center Ring Productions (35 yrs)
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Young Audiences of Northern CA (10 yrs)
  • Elizabeth Waldo
  • Bakersfield Symphony
  • Southwest String Quartet
  • Amy Knoles
  • New West Symphony
  • Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation (7 yrs)
  • Long Beach Performing Arts Center
  • Wells Fargo Performing Arts Center (5 yrs)
  • Cerritos Performing Arts Center
  • Orchestras of Pasadena
  • Star Inc.
  • The Music Center
  • Paul McCandless
  • Juno Homrich
  • Cassio Duarte
  • Alex Degrassi
  • Los Angeles Coliseum