Since 1968 MARTIN ESPINO 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 these the ancient musical instruments of Mexico!
Welcome - Bienvenidos (puedes escribir a Martin en Espanol tambien)
Hello = Hola = Niltze!!! Everyone
We will give you monthly updated information here on this Introduction Page, as you can see below! Martin is constantly "working" and things change rapidly.
Now, sit back and listen the nearly 30 minutes of music from "live" and "recorded" shows that we have posted here for you to listen to!!! Thanks to all of you who have stayed and listened to the long music set we have posted. People are saying they do what we suggest, "..visit Martin's site and just let the music play..." our statistics say people are staying about 20-30 minutes, one lady said she listens to Martin almost everyday in her office and feels relaxed hearing the cool ancestral sounds. We also promise to change the music this month.
Thanks again, also more and more people are purchasing downloads of Martin Espino's music....
Martin Espino plays the beautiful, exotic and cosmic sounding musical instruments of his ancestral Mexico, he also presents educational programs on the Ancient Americas.
Since 1975, he has conducted scholarly research into this field of music and culture and is a recognized authority in this area. With over 30 years of teaching experience and tons of personality and passion, his students rave about his workshops and performances! He works with ALL ages. Eventhough, Martin is a "performing artist" and "ceremonial artist" you'll see at this website that he has developed and presented many original educational presentations!
STORE & CALENDAR:
Please visit Martin's STORE to buy or download his music or his handmade musical instruments.
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.
Always a traditional artist, Martin Espino has also been an experimental artist since the 80's experimenting, with a term he called back then as "world" sounds with indigenous Mexican instruments; mixing "live" music with "taped" music and mixing "groove rhythms" with the Mexican instruments! As time has gone by, Martin has revived his love of experimentation and you'll see more upcoming performances of this New Music in his calendar under the stage name of COYOTEK. These performances include sophisticated "loop stations" (he's been looping since the 90's); Ableton Live 8; Mac laptop; World instruments; Tribal Mexicano, Hip hop, world, banda, cumbia, trance and groove rhythms and vocals. But don't forget, he still does the straight up traditional.
Continuing about his experimental side, he has lately, also been creating many new instruments and incorporating them into his new works with fun and unsual looking instruments like the Thunder Gourds, Double skinned horizontal drums, bizarre stringed instruments as well. This summer has been a time of lots of workshops for Martin, where he makes instruments with all ages!!! Visit his Facebook page and see his Instrument Making Albums there!!!
In the past, he created instruments such as "Jaguar Voice", "Rain Arc" and more! He helped revive an ancestral percussion from his Yaqui heritage called the "Water Drums", prior to the 90's only Xavier Quijas and Martin played these instruments!!! The water drums, by the way are NOT Mayan, they are most widely known to our Yaqui communities and have existed there since pre-Spanish times!
His audience, students and his many, many clients, who are now also his professional references will tell you that there's lots of love and passion in his artistic work, he is a top notch researcher and world class performer/educator!!!
Having started this September off with having fun being all experimental, Martin wowed the audience with his cool new sounds. On September 11 through 14, Martin took his friends, Victor E and Liliana Curioca to tour the state of Michigan. They have three concerts there in one day on Sept 13 (great a sacred Mexicano number). They received a great reception and everyone loved their shows!!!
Later, as time goes on Martin will be visiting many schools presenting 5-10 week residencies; Lecturing at colleges; as well as many smaller intimate events or the public; he'll also be visiting the Museum of Northern Arizona (3rd time being invited) this October for a grant that was written for him to perform and lecture on "El Dia de Los Muertos" (he presented some of the first educational programs on indigenous Mexican music and culture and on celebrations like this one...); he'll also be visiting Monterey Aquarium (14 years in row being invited) to perform with his group, MEXIKA "Sounds of Ancient Mexico"....so as long as he continues to eat those healthy indigenous foods (see his videos at youtube), take good care of himself and sleep good, he'll be performing more and more!!!
Martin still says hello to all of you out there!!!
Visit and purchase Martin Espino's music via "download" or "cd". He appreciates your support so much!!!
PRESERVING, REVIVING and LIVING INDIGENOUS:
Martin did NOT start doing this because he saw someone do it and then started, which is ok but the vast majority of them do not give honor to say where they learned. 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; his love to preserve/revive these sounds because just "after" he began to study and play these instruments back in the late 70's that he later learned of Antonio Zepeda, the god father of this revival and Jorge Reyes in Mexico. Martin started out as a guitarist in 68, earning a Bachelor of Music with Honors in 1978 from Immaculate Heart College and the fact that now makes his living playing Mexican indigenous instruments was actually an accident! He even "lives" these traditions. He follows the spiritual words and advice found in the "real" spiritual teachings and philosophy of Nezahualcoyotl and other pre-Spanish philosophers. He researches the indigenous foods (see his videos at youtube.com/martinespinomusic), he even speaks Spanish (lol), conducted research in Mexico and performs with native musicians while there and even wears the "trajes" or traditional outfits and attends Mexica (mistakenly called Aztec) ceremonies (even stay 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 will continue to move forward.
BRIEFLY, Martin Espino offers the following programs with more information just click on the TABS above:
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
You also message Martin directly from here, using the form above...your message will go to his email. Also click on "Contact"
Thank you = Gracias = Tlazocamati, Sincerely La Manzanita de Canatlan
Childrens Museum of La Habra - 26 years
Center Ring Productions - 25 years
Bowers Museum & Kidseum - 25 years
Southwest Museum 1983-2003
Monterey Bay Aquarium - 13 years
Wells Fargo Performing Arts Center - 11 years
Tulipanes Festival - 10 years
Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific - 11 years
La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Tonantzin - 9 years
UCLA Lecture at Schoenberg Hall - 8 years
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 - 2 years
Cal State University Fullerton - 2 years
Oxnard College - 2 years
Cal Arts Institute - 2 years
Music Center of Los Angeles
Television & Radio appearances/interviews - Yearly since 1973
City Libraries - Yearly since 1973
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