Martin Espino | Curandero (The Healer)

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Curandero (The Healer)

by Martin Espino

Exotic, evocative and cosmic sounds of Ancient Mexico and the Amazon; composed and performed on indigenous instruments by Martin Espino.
Genre: Easy Listening: Exotica
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1. Curandero Martín Espino
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2. El Nacimiento De La Princesa Martín Espino
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3. Mana Martín Espino
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4. Los Voladores Martín Espino
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5. Mexicayotl Martín Espino
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6. La Flor Del Corazon Martín Espino
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7. Campa Martín Espino
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8. Quemando Martín Espino
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9. Cayamura Martín Espino
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10. Os Povos Do Rio Martín Espino
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11. Meu Espiritu Na Floresta Martín Espino
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12. Desde Lejos Martín Espino
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Album Notes
"CURANDERO" means the healer and the music was conceived before it was "ok" for North American audiences to hear these sounds. The first six songs reflect the music of the Maya and Mexica (Aztec) Cultures. Martin researched and tried, with these six pieces to recreate what might have been done with these instruments! Much the way musicians in the 70's were trying to "recreate" the music of the Medieval times. The next four pieces are based on the music of Amazonian Cultures, not the Andes, and the last 2 pieces are based on my imagining of an "Intercultural Music". I wanted to end this recording with "what would music have sounded like if the Europeans had never arrived in the New World and the African nations had instead come first?" That is what the last two songs sound like. Originally composed and performed back in 1984 by Martin Espino on instruments he made. Everyone who hears it always says it is relaxing and powerful. Since its' release in 1984 as a cassette, no ever has said they didn't like the music. Everyone who has CURANDERO, tells me it's still one of their favorite CDs! I'm even talking about people who bought it years ago too!
Remember: All of my music is based on serious scholarly research.
Martin is of Mexican/Indigenous heritage (Tepehuano and Yaqui). This recording is important because it is one the first ever to bring to North American audiences the sounds of the other part of Native America!
Martin also concieved of "InterActive Performance" back in the 1980's and now he does not only concerts but tours extensively to all kinds of schools/college where he motivates the audiences to interact with him by playing his percussion instruments. He currently performs, teaches, lectures, conducts instrument making classes and tours as a solo artist and with his duo MEXIKA "Sounds of Ancient Mexico" with Chris Garcia

Bienvenidos Carnales! Antes de nada, la musica de mi grabacion, CURANDERO no tiene nada que ver con la brujeria ok? Toda la musica en esta grabacion esta basada en el concepto de curar, que es muy bueno, no? El CD tiene 12 canciones. Las primeras seis estan basadas en la musica de Los Maya o Mexica; las siguientes 4 canciones estan basadas en la musica de las culturas cerca del Rio Amazon y las 2 ultimas cancioncitas estan basadas en un concepto mio de una musica "Intercultural", es de decir, una mezcla de Mexico, Culturas Amazonica, Andino con Africa. MI musica "interculturlal propone esta idea: Que pasaria si Los Europeos nunca llegaron a las Americas y la gente de Africa colonizaron primero!. Estoy muy orgulloso de este CD, porque desde 1984 cuando estaba en la forma de cassette hasta hoy, ha vendido muchas copias! Nunca escuche ni una persona diciendo a mi en persona o por email que no le gusto la musica! Toda la gente quien ha escuchado mi musica salieron muy felices! Si quieren mas informacion, por favor, visitame en: ---- o ----

A sus ordenes, atentamente, Martin Espino


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L G Cantu

Excellent CD!!!
Most of the tracks have a mixture of sounds-Native and Central American. Track #7 and #10 have more of a Peruvian sound and Track #11 and #12 have more of an Afro-American sound. I loved it!!!


More AUTHENTIC than most similar CDs I've bought
Very, very cool stuff. And it's all REAL. That's the big kick for me, having purchased several similar "native" and "ancient" CDs only to be disappointed by the use of keyboards, synths, and drum loops. Everything here is done with totally real instruments, and unique ones at that. Awesome.
I think my only complaint would be wanting to hear more of certain sounds. There are some cool percussive/string instruments on Tracks 2 and 11 that don't really make appearances in any of the other tracks; I would've liked to hear more of them. Ah well, on the next CD I guess. :)


Great music, great sounds
This is the first CD that I buy with this type of music and I am so glad that I did. The sounds produced by the musical wind instruments are beautiful and captivating. I especially like to listen to this CD when I go to sleep.

C. Russell

These mesmerizing rythms relieve my urban stress
It is difficult to find words to describe how this music makes me feef but I will try. When I am stuck in the office on a beautiful day, I listen to Martin's music and feel like I am in the forest. The rain stick, the flute and the hypnotic drumbeats chase away the stress and soothe my restless spirit.

Dolores C. Manzanares

Comments on,"Curandero" CD
As an educator, I have used the CD in several ways: I have used it as a listening tool to teach my students music appreciation.I ask my students to close their eyes and to listen, carefully, to all of the musical sounds of the rhythms, flutes,drums and horn sounds. This is especially helpful to quiet the students down after recess and lunch. I will, then, ask the students to open their eyes and we conduct a class discussion on how the CURANDERO CD made them feel. some comments were that it made them feel calm and relaxed. Other comments were that the music is very soothing to their ears.The students were then asked to draw a picture of what they imagined as they listened to the CD. The results revealed some interesting drawings of forests, mountains, blue sky, white puffy clouds, deer, birds, Indians, waterfalls, rivers and streams.The last activity was to write about their drawing and how the music made them feel. I recommend this CD to everyone for a relaxing effect at home, car, nap time and especially for educators who want to teach music appreciation, imagery and relaxation to their students. This CD is also great for yoga classes.The CD has a multitude of uses and applications.

Citlalin Xochime

CURANDERO: Ceremonial Sounds and Life Stories of the Natural World
With a vivid and diverse array of Prehispanic instruments and a primal talent for expressing ancient Native American rhythms, the ceremonial sounds and life stories of the natural world are captured in CURANDERO, a heroic, jubilant, and instinctive work of artisan Martin Espino.

Descendant of Yaqui and Tepehuano ancestry, Martin Espino grew up alongside the rolling hills of Southern California where his interest in musical artistry blossomed at the age of 11-years-old. Initially, Martin developed his music talents by ear and later by a formal education in the breadth of classical studies. Eventually, his musical palette was enriched and enlivened with in-depth scholarly research and experiences with native inhabitants in the study of indigenous folklore and the ancient rhythms.

Today, with more than 30 years experience in the art and craft of Prehispanic instruments, Martin Espino brings alive the flora and fauna spirits which transcend from the earthen habitats and colorful jungles of ancient Mesoamerica and the Amazon. CURANDERO is a celebration of Martin Espino's lifelong studies, expertise, and interactions with the music and instruments of the natural world and its native inhabitants. Join in on the celebration with your very own copy of Curandero today!

Constance Tippett

Martin Espino is the real Curandero and traveled back in time to bring us this a
Martin Espino is the real "Curandero", for he has seemingly traveled back in time to bring us this ancient music. As an art historian studying ancient cultures, this is a real treasure. When researching, I always try to imagine what the ancient people were thinking and feeling. Martin makes me realize that our ancestors are in us. We can call on them for inspiration and they will come.