I was born in Cochabamba, the heart of Bolivia. From a young age I recognized a need to make music.
My grandfather, Luis Morales, was a large influence on the connection that I have with the Andean soil. With his mule he trekked the high plains of Potosí, Bolivia, teaching in rural schools.
In the labyrinths of the Cochabamba central market I accompanied him and his parakeets that read fortunes. He told me of his experiences, his thoughts... he sang to me songs in Quechua.
I love Andean music, I feel its winds that I imagine encircled my grandfather; I feel the desires and experiences of its people's complex history
But my music is not just Bolivian. I travel through the unique sound of each instrument, from Bolivia and beyond, taking me to landscapes that I have never been to in this lifetime, but that the spirit already recognizes.
About Amado Espinoza
His interest for music awoke at the age of eight, participating in the military band of his elementary school, playing instruments of the Andean region, like the Sikus (or panflute).
At the age of 16 he began formal studies in music at the Andrés Bello Institute, where he studied classical guitar. He continued his musical education at the Conservatory Milan in Cochabamba, Bolivia, while investigating ethnic instruments from various parts of the world. He studied under Professor Alberto Iporre Salinas, ex chairman of the Conservatory of Hungary.
In 2000 he established the Museum of Musical Instruments for the Foundation Luis Ernesto of the Andes, housing over 500 pieces from six continents, and producing four albums for Tribu Kona, a world music ensemble that he founded.
He was in-house composer for the Circus Theatre El Tapeque between 2011-2012, and composed the music to the award-winning stage play Mocambo, among various commercial and independent productions. Amado collaborated with many artists, most notably with one of Bolivia’s favorite rock bands, Oil.
Amado is well known in Bolivia and beyond for his skill in playing dozens of native instruments, as well as for his fine craftsmanship of custom-made native instruments. His instruments are being played by clients from France, England, Spain, Netherlands, USA, Mexico, and all over South America.
Since his arrival to Kansas City, MO in 2014, Amado has been seen on TEDxKC, TEDxYouth, Folk Alliance International, and has been featured with many local bands. He is the 2017 Charlotte St. Resident Performing Arts Fellow. He co-directed and composed We are the Landscape, a contemporary indigenous stage performance, which debuted in 2016. He is composing and co-directing UMKC’s Storytelling Project (debut: February, 2018) with his wife, theatre artist Karen Lisondra.
Amado is currently recording a new álbum in Kansas City with percussionist Andres Ramirez, violinist Tina Bilberry, and bassist Johnny Hamil.