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!!!

PLEASE VISIT Martin Espino's "STORE" to support this artistic work!!!

Welcome!!!Bienvenidos (pueden escribir a Martin en Espanol)

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!!!

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 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.
We hope you now understand important his art, work and life is!


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

Visit the STORE and purchase, "EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS" by Martin Espino, it's a wonderful recording of music he composed and performed. The mood is not scary but rather ceremonial and created in honor of his parents. It's great for  relaxing with it's mysterious sounds and mood!!! Purchase either the CD or download it at .99 a song!!!

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!!!

INDIGENOUS MEXICAN INSTRUMENTS for Sale - have just been posted at the "STORE-TIENDA"
you can hear them at

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!!!  


Please visit Martin's STORE to buy or download his music or his handmade musical instruments.  His music is available download at .99 cents per song or order the physical CD.
Please visit Martin's CALENDAR to see where he is presenting at or to book a program! For people wanting to book him, the calendar has always been a great marketing tool in that it shows you how frequently he presents his various programs. This is the ONLY thing he does. The CALENDAR is updated weekly as we get lots of calls.


Martin 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. He has 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 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.

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 philosophers/poets. He researches the indigenous foods (see his videos at, he even speaks Spanish (lol), conducted research in Mexico and performed with native musicians while there and even wears the "trajes" or traditional outfits and attends Mexica (mistakenly called Aztec) ceremonies. He even stays and plays for the "entire ceremony", playing his flutes and percussion for the dancers (danzantes). He makes his own jewelry, headdresses and designs his outfits too! 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 has lived 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

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 (on going)

La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Tonantzin -10 years (on going)
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

Disneyland - 2 years

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

Martin Espino offers the following programs with more information just click on the TABS in the "menu" above:

1) Concert 
Solo, duo, trio or ensemble and dancers upon request.

2) Interactive Performance 
This is where the audience is guided in playing from his immense collection of native percussion instruments and singing "easy-to-sing-songs" in ancient languages like Maya and Nahuatl, etc. Especially geared towards a Standards based education and 100% interaction, with ALL ages. 

3) Instrument Making Session 
ALL ages, with manual dexterity of course.

4) Artist in Residence 
Inquire about 2 to 12 day stays at your facility

5) Lectures, Collaborations and Recording Sessions
Click on those specific tabs above