EK-BALAM-DANCE-ENSEMBLE

EK BALAM means "Black Jaguar" in Mayan language. 
To hear a short demo of the music, click on the "arrow below". 
Thank you, Martin Espino

MUSIC of EK BALAM

EK BALAM "live" @ 2:30 minutes

EK BALAM "live" @ 5:10 minutes

EK B'ALAM DANCE ENSEMBLE

 



THE MAIN IDEA:
Martin Espino, veteran master musician, scholar, educator and composer & Rosa Garcia, master choreographer lead this new group that presents Mexican Dance and Music as never before, using both ancient instruments of Mexico mixed with technology and motives of indigenous Mexicano dance with Modern choreography producing a cutting edge and fresh take on the Mexican arts.

Rosa and Martin mix culture, history, ancient attire with a modern flair. Exquisitely choreographed dancing and exotic sounding instruments!!! We may also add in indigenous story telling, set to either music and dance or just music. 

The dance, the stories and the music with all those exotic/cosmic sounds from clay flutes, ocarinas, quadruple flutes, water drums, turtle shells, log drums and more are all based on scholarly research. The result is a spiritual, sonic and visual pleasure with the dancer and musicians exploring new avenues of sight and sound!

AUDIENCE ROLE AT OUR PERFORMANCES:

Most a listening and viewing appreciation, some interaction.

SCHOOL INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCES:
100% Interaction: Ancient Music and Modern Dance but covering history, story and cultural respect. Since we are geared towards ancient Mexico in our mission, our interaction and teaching is done with that focus.
 
EDUCATION:
We have study materials available once booked. Content always covers Standards based info on history, culture and arts.


EK BALAM Members: 
Martin Espino - Director & B.Mus Honors - Wind & percussion instruments, voice and composition of all EK BALAM works.   

Rosa Garcia MFA - Dance, Choreography of all EK BALAM works & Percussion 
Dancers: Rosa Garcia, Laura Chavez, Raul Martinez, Ulises Reyes and Alfonso Ortega
Understudies: Chris Wright and Nubia Hernandez dance & percussion


GARMENTS & VISUALS:
Ancient style traditional Mexican garments, jewelry, headdresses and visuals created by: 
Martin Espino and Rosa Garcia



Start the new year off right by filling your hearts and minds with knowledge, awareness, exquiste dance, beautiful ancient sounds and a growing appreciation of all of our ancestors everywhere! 
 

To reach us: hit the TAB that says "Contact" or call (562) 713.2774

Some of Instruments used by EK BALAM

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PAST PERFORMANCES:

* December 2012 - Bowers Museum's Winter Solstice Festival
* December 2012 - Museum of Latin American Art's Mayan Baktun Festival
* December 2013 - Bowers Museum's WInter Solstice Festival
* December 2013 - Delhi Center WInter Concert

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE:
July 27 2014 @ Bowers Museum Time: TBA
September 13, 2014 @ Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival (three presentations)