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Martin Espino

Sounds of the Ancient Mexico

WHAT IS HE? I am Mexican: Yaqui (Sonora) and Tepehuano (Durango) native heritage!

PROGRAMS DESCRIPTION: My “Interactive Performance” program is 100% Interactive! With my positive motivational, cultural, historical and humoristic skills, ALL my audiences play my Indigenous Percussion Instruments and sing “Easy-to-sing-songs” in ancient languages like Maya and more. Like my performance, my “Workshops” have aspects geared towards age appropriate learning and California State Standards such as: earth science, food, recycling, math, language, simple geography, responsibility, respect. ALL my instrument workshops are methodical and safe; the instruments are of high quality; playable and safe. Workshops can be “one-time” or “extended over a period of time”. Study guides available for teachers. Programs can be bilingual. My programs have cultural applications to all seasons of the year. Best of all, with my experience, I can perform for ANY setting/event. Visit: & “click” on PROGRAMS.

WHAT DO I BRING? Over 100 “Classical Mexican Indigenous Musical Instruments” (before Spanish invasion), 90% made of them were made by me. I bring the basics: Voice, Wind, Percussion and String.

PERSONAL INFO: My expertise is in the music of the “ANCIENT AMERICAS” (North, Central & South), especially that of my ancestral Mexico. Although I began my musical career 43 years ago, in 1966, it was in 1975, 35 years ago, with no one to guide me or copy, that I became one of the very few musicians of Mexican heritage to conduct scholarly research/playing ancient Mexican instruments and extensively performing on other Ancient American musical instruments and definitely I am one of the very first to use them in an interactive way. Since the 1980’s, I have been a pioneer of what I call “Interactive Performance”, by using the culture and musical instruments of the Ancient Mexico as a vehicle for educating, enlightening, motivating, encouraging all people and all ages to gain more self/cultural awareness and respect others and smile and say “Si Se puede” (Yes I can). I always acknowledge I who and where I learned from. I feel blessed with the very unusual background of “classical, street and indigenous training”. I earned my Bachelor of Music degree with Honors in Performance from Immaculate Heart College 1978. I feel happy and blessed with this special mission of cultural respect that I offer!

WHO CAN HE WORK WITH? I am very much a “Been There, Done That Musician” and possess great expertise working with ALL ages (pre-K to Adults); any ethnicity; the mild to extremely physically, mentally, educationally and behaviorally challenged child/adult. Remember I’ve doing this a LONG time! My record is spotless with fingerprints on file which is also required for my work.

ROLE MODEL: I feel I am a role model for all ages, as I was born in South Central Los Angeles; I stayed away from street problems and graduated from college. I come from a time when Spanish was not cool, so I taught myself Spanish and then, Portugues, Nahuatl and Yoeme. I am also a parent.

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