About Amado Espinoza

Amado Espinoza is a unique performing artist, composer and instrument maker from Cochabamba, Bolivia, that respects his folk traditions of the Andes Mountains while creating compositions that are sincere to his musical-wanderlust personality. A graduate of Milan Conservatory in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Amado specializes in the Bolivian Charango, yet demonstrates skill in hand percussion and native flutes from different cultures around the globe. The master craftsmanship of the instruments he constructs, whether it be from wood, metal, coconut or recycled pvc, makes the process of his music-making more organic, innovative, and often surprising.

Amado works as a solo performer and with his groups Ayllu, Colectivo Yanquitl, and the Amado Espinoza Trio. He is a featured artist with Ensemble Iberica (Kansas City, MO), Oil rock band (Cochabamba, Bolivia) and for yoga/sound therapy meditations.

Since making Kansas City his home in 2014, Amado has been featured on TedxKC, Kansas City Folk Festival, Native American Harvest Moon Festival, and more.

He is a grant recipient of the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program (2019), Folk Alliance International Music Conference scholarship recipient (2015), ArtsKC Inspiration Grant recipient (2016), Charlotte St. Foundation resident (2015-2017) and 2017 Generative Performing Arts Fellow. He composes for film, theatre, and dance, most notably We are the Landscape (2016), a contemporary indigenous stage performance in Kansas City, Mo, The Storytelling Project (2018) with UMKC MFA Theatre Program, and Pachakutec (2019) Bolivian Tour.

In October, 2019, Amado was invited by the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, to give a masterclass on Andean Music, with emphasis on pre-columbian instruments.

He co-founded Resonation Music and Arts, LLC with theatre-artist Karen Lisondra to use educational programming to inspire curiosity and respect for world cultures through music, dance, and storytelling.