HELLO - HOLA - NILTZE!!!
Thank you for visiting my home! While you browse, you will hear about 15 minutes of music. I will also change the music from time to time.
You may also contact me anytime using the form above, it goes directly to my email.
Please visit my STORE page here. You can hear music before you buy!!! You can either "Buy CDs" or "Download my music".
I also sell Musical Instruments I've created out of bamboo or gourd.
I have been a performing artist for many years but you'll notice that I have many educational programs listed as well. I do many things and do them all with a lot of joy and passion!
Since 1975, I've "paid my dues" by researching and performing on Mexican Indigenous Instruments and so I really care about the music I do and how it comes out. I hope I can come perform for you sometime, with you or at least, have my music coming out of your speakers/earphones!
Thanks for visiting and please look at the other pages I have here :-)
Now here's a little more about myself and my art...
ABOUT MARTIN ESPINO & HIS MUSICAL MISSION
I have spoken the language of music for 47 years; have taught for the last 43 years and have been making musical instruments for 23 years! I have researched the music of my ancestors since 1975!
My mission as a man, musician and planetary citizen who speaks this special language is to convey beauty; positivity; spiritual and mental happiness; cultural awareness for all and cultural pride I have for my people. Nothing to be "misunderstood or read into" just the things I said right here.
PRESENTATIONS (Local & International)
- Performances - Solo or with an ensemble and when requested, dancers
- Interactive Performances - All ages participate in singing "easy-to-sing-songs" in native languages and play all sorts of native percussion instruments. I pioneered this technique back in the 80's!
- Instrument Making Sessions - All ages
- Residencies - All ages, covering all Standards level. I did this before the Standards existed. Residencies can be 1 day to 12 days or more! Usually it's 6-10 spread out over several weeks.
- Composer - I can make music for your movie, video, commercial, theater or whatever project.
- Lecture - I have several lectures I can present.
- Collaborations - with composers and other musicians of all genres/nations. I read and improvise.
WHAT WE KNOW OF THE ANCIENT SOUNDS & IT'S POSITIVE EFFECTS
Almost daily, more information is being unearthed at sites in Mexico and Central America. But still, the basis for knowledge of this music still lies in the following: (A) Spanish and Native Chroniclers of the 1500 & 1600's.
(B) Archeological finds (instruments, art, murals...etc...)
(C) Any remote indigenous people still practicing customs that what we know to be ancient or as close to ancient as possible.
(D) I must add a personal one but it only comes from years of playing these instruments: most of these instruments tell us technically how they were played and how they sounded.
Having studied this music and performed on these instruments has brought me to a higher level in my life as a person/musician. I am not being silly about this but have learned that sound heals, transforms or whatever else you want to call it; these instruments mostly carry highly positive transformational sonic qualities, especially the lower frequency instruments, among my favorites, the Yaqui Water Drum, Clay Ocarina, Double to Quadruple Flutes and others.
The instruments can also cause as the great researcher, Stevenson stated "A State of Mind". There are also great spiritual qualities inherent in playing these instruments. There are so many things I wish to tell you here, as I write...but I just want to sing to you that I have learned so many things from knowing things about my ancestors, like how to live life and more.The things I have learned from researcher, Miguel Leon-Portilla, the great King Nezahualcoyotl and the poets of his time as well as visits with my people in Mexico are almost beyond description and I try daily to integrate this into my person.
I welcome you to the sounds of my ancestors...my art...my life...my other language...honest...pure because it comes from my heart! Hasta que no puedo!
Sincerely Martin Espino
* Gracias por visitarme aca en mi pagina humilde! Puedan hacer contacto conmigo cuando quieren; estoy aqui para Ustedes!
* Basicamente, ofrezco conciertos "solo -o- con grupo". Siempre, en cada presentacion que tengo, hablo de los instrumentos, la cultura, la historia y mucho mas.
* Tengo mucha informacion aqui que ofrezco muchos programas educacionales: lecturas en colegios; talleres de hacer instrumentos; residencias artisticas en escuelas y mas.
* Muchismas gracias otra vez, y desculpenme que mi pagina no esta completmente en espanol todavia, estoy trabajando en eso!!!
Sinceramente Martin Espino