Martin Espino

Martin Espino


On-site Event June 3rd

STRING TONOS for 1 String Guitars 
“STRING TONOS” involves making “sounds” on 1 String Guitars, by playing the instruments with clips, files, sticks, junk and more. Playing the string with these different items will create new, strange and unusual sounds. This is way of playing the instruments is based in the concept known as “Prepared Instruments”, i.e. playing any given instrument with objects not usually used to produce it’s regular sound, like placing a stick in between the strings of a violin. The works’ other intention is, being interactive with the audience because they will play these instruments. The audience will be invited to play the four “1 String Guitars. The goal is exploring the textures of sound on 1 string, taking those audience members who participate from spectator to participator, from listener to creator…so, STRING – as in a single string & TONOS – The Greek word for “tone”. Dedicated to my favorite composer, Vangelis.


Performance October 29, 2023
at Torrance Art Museum’s Nomad II

Soundscapes [audio tracks] On-site June 3rd and online June 11th

Earmaginations [silent videos] On-site June 3rd and online June 11th


Exploring the parameters of wind, the ceremonial, the meditative, the effects…Utilizing Ancient Aztec and Mayan Musical clay wind instruments and Ancestral clay sound generators reproduced by Martin Espino. He will also integrate electronic technologies into his composition.

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1966 Began music; 1975 Began research music of Ancient Mexico; 1978 Graduated Bachelor of Music w/Honors from Immaculate Heart College; 1980 Pioneered Interactive Music; 1990 Began making instruments. Performing, teaching, composing,
Born: Los Angeles 1955 Yaqui & Tepehuano heritage.

Artist Location: Whittier, CA

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