2014 Boston University (Boston, USA)
Dissertation: “Una Sola Casa: Salsa Consciente and the Poetics of the Meta-Barrio”
Advisor: Dr. Victor Manfredi
Second Advisor: Dr. Brita Heimarck
2008 University of York (England)
MA in Music: Jazz studies and Ethnomusicology as applied to performance and composition (Graduated ‘First class, Honors’)
Master Thesis: “Paradigm Shifts in the Latin Jazz Community: Contemporary Latin Jazz, a Pan-Latino Phenomenon?”
Advisor: Dr. Neil Sorrell
2006 Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA)
Professional diploma in Jazz Composition (Magna cum Laude)
First ever hand percussionist to graduate as a Jazz Composer
Instrumental proficiency rating: 7 out of 8 points.
2001 Centro Para la Superación de la Cultura Cervantes (La Habana, Cuba)
Professional diploma in performance of Afro-Cuban percussion
1995 Conservatorio de la Universidad de Chile (preparatory school Santiago, Chile)
Performance in orchestral percussion
July 2015-present Assistant professor of music, University of La Verne
September 2014-May 2015 Lecturer, Boston University
September 2012-May 2015 Adjunct faculty, Roxbury Community College
September 2010-May 2015 Lecturer II, University of Maine Augusta
September 2009-May 2015 Online facilitator, Boston University
September 2009-May 2010 Instructor, Boston University
September 2008-May 2009 Adjunct faculty, Emmanuel College
Espinoza, A. [Under contract Michigan State University Press] “La Poética del Meta Barrio: Salsa consciente, Nuyolatino popular music and the development of a transnational Latino consciousness” Western Michigan University Press.
Peer Reviewed articles
Espinoza, A. (2018) Indigeneity and Latino Consciousness in the music of Catalino ‘Tite’ Curet Alonso. Musiké Vol. 6 Número 1 2018. pp. 27-41
Espinoza, A. (2018) An introduction to Afro Peruvian Music and the Peruvian cajón. Rhythm!Scene Journal of the Percussive Arts Society Indianapolis, Indiana. (Published in 9 languages). Pp. 38-45. Available at https://www.magloft.com/app/rhythmscene#/reader/20354/641788
Espinoza, A. (2018 [Forthcoming]) Una Sola Casa: Salsa Consciente, Latinidad y La Poesia Del Meta –Barrio. Boletín Música. Casa de Las Américas, La Habana, Cuba. Edition TBD.
Espinoza, A., Rondina, E., (2019 [Under review]) Teaching West African Drumming in Small Western Institutions of Higher Education: Expectations, Issues, Pedagogies, Contexts, and Proposals. Africa. Special issue "Music education: Philosophies and pedagogies of African music”.
Espinoza, A. (2016) Review of the book Rhythms of Race: Cuban musicians and the making of Latino New York City and Miami, 1940-1960, by Christina D. Abreu. International Migration Review
Published Sheet Music (Peer reviewed)
Espinoza, A. (2017) Moving Day. [25 pp. + parts] Composer, arranger and editor. Latin Jazz composition for combo. Published and distributed by 3-2 music https://3-2music.com/shop/moving-day-download/
Espinoza, A. (2017) 315 H.A. [14 pp. + parts] Composer, arranger and editor. Latin Jazz composition for combo. Published and distributed by 3-2 music https://3-2music.com/shop/315-ha-download-only/
Espinoza, A. (2014) Principal Editor (text and music). [440pp] Beyond Salsa Bass Vol. 3 Salsa, Songo and the Roots of Latin Jazz by K. Moore. CreateSpace. New York, 2014 ISBN: 1492375691.
Espinoza, A. (2013) Principal Editor (text, music and midi). [163pp] Beyond Salsa Piano Vol. 14 Tirso Duarte by K. Moore. CreateSpace. New York, 2012 ISBN 146817486X.
Espinoza, A. (2013). Addendum editor (text and music). [38 pp.] Beyond Salsa for Ensemble Vol. 1 Efectos by K. Moore. CreateSpace. New York, 2013 ISBN 148417657X. Supplement distributed by author with the book.
Espinoza, A. (2013) Contributing Editor/conceptual guidance (text and music) [368 pp.] Beyond Salsa for Ensemble Vol. 1 Efectos by K. Moore. CreateSpace. New York, 2012 ISBN 146817486X
Espinoza, A. (2013) Contributing Editor /Conceptual Guidance. (text and music) [220 pp.] Beyond Salsa Bass Vol. 2 Beginning to intermediate: Arsenio, Cachao, and the golden Age of Cuban music. By K. Moore CreateSpace. Santa Cruz, CA. ISBN 1482729423
Musical Consultant/Conceptual Guidance
Espinoza, A. (2012). Beyond Salsa Percussion Vol. 1 An Introduction to Latin Rhythms for Beginning Drums and Timbales by K. Moore [184 pp.] CreateSpace New York, ISBN 1456343963
Espinoza, A. (2012) Beyond Salsa for Beginners: An introduction to Latin Music for dancers and listeners. by K. Moore [250 pp.] New York, ISBN 1480160938.
Online Salsa Consciente Database (dissertation companion)
Espinoza, A. (2014) A musical companion to the dissertation entitled : and the Poetics of the ” by Andres Espinoza. The site presents a sample of the dissertation, and serves as a database with links to all of the tracks (114 in total) analyzed in the dissertation. The site is located at:
(2018-current) Rhythm Scene. Journal of the Percussive Arts Society
Spanish translator for:
Alvarez, R. Cal Tjader: Cultural ambassador, musical innovator (March 2018)
Stone, Mark. Spirit of Ubuntu: International marimba and steelpan festival (August 2018)
Espinoza, A. An introduction to Afro Peruvian music and the Peruvian cajón (December 2018)
Espinoza A.; Henry, M.; Taylor, M.,(November 2018) “A Side-by-Side Comparison of Improvisation in Conga and Djembe Traditions” Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Indianapolis, Indiana.
Espinoza, A. (November 2018) “Contemporary composition with traditional percussion instruments” Round Table. Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Indianapolis, Indiana.
Espinoza A., (2016) “Rhythm and Race: Racial Identity in World Percussion Study, Performance, and Teaching” Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Indianapolis, Indiana.
Espinoza, A., (2013) Music in and of America, round table discussion: The insider’s perspectives in musicological research, Graduate Musicology Conference Boston University
Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations
Espinoza, A. (2019) Una Sola Casa: Salsa Consciente, Latinidad y La Poesia Del Meta –Barrio. Conference for the International Association for the Study of popular music (IASMP). New Orleans.
Espinoza, A., Rondina, E., (2018) Teaching West African Drumming in Small Western Institutions of Higher Education: Expectations, Issues, Pedagogies, Contexts, and Proposals. International Council for Traditional Music Study Group on African Musics 2nd Symposium. University of Ghana, Legon. Accra, Ghana
Espinoza, A., (2017) Una Sola Casa: Salsa Consciente, Latinidad y La Poesia Del Meta-Barrio, Socialización de Latinos es los Estados Unidos: educación, religión y medios masivos de comunicación. Casa de Las Américas, La Habana, Cuba.
Espinoza A., (2017) Towards a Social Reading of ‘Tite’ Curet Alonso’s compositions, Society for Ethnomusicology Southern California and Hawaii Chapter
Espinoza A., (2016) Towards a Social Reading of ‘Tite’ Curet Alonso’s compositions, Decolonizing music. Consejo de Música de las Tres Americas. International Music Council. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Espinoza, A., (2011) On Nicomedes Santa Cruz’s role as an inside author(ity) in the revival of the music of Afro Peruvian Descent, Royal Musical Association Caribbean and Latin American music study day at the University of Huddersfield, England
Espinoza, A. (2011) Lecture performance: History and modern musical applications of the Afro Peruvian cajón, Royal Musical Association Caribbean and Latin American music study day at the University of Huddersfield, England
Espinoza, A. (2011) Lecture performance: Afro Cuban Popular Percussion: From son to timba, New England chapter of the society for ethnomusicology, Boston, MA
Espinoza, A. (2008) Paradigm Shifts in the Latin Jazz Community: Contemporary Latin Jazz, a Pan-Latino Phenomenon? Sonic engagements, Graduate musicology conference, University Of York, England
Invited Talks (selection)
2014 Music education in Cuba. Lecture. Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. Boston University. Professor Paul W. Hare.
2014 Sacred Drumming of Cuba. Performance lecture on Afro-Cuban batá drumming. Professor Onaje X. Offley Woodbine. Africana Studies. Philips Andover academy
2012 Sacred Drumming of Cuba. Performance lecture on Afro-Cuban batá drumming. Professor Onaje X. Offley Woodbine. African Studies Department. Northeastern University
2011-2014 An introduction to Mande drumming. Performance lecture on West African drumming. University of New England. Professor Robert Duquette
2011-2014 Music of the African Diaspora in Latin America. Performance lecture. University of New England. Professor Robert Duquette
2008 Latin American Drumming. L’sconfini festival Modena, Italy.
2008 World percussion concepts for composers. Performance lecture. Berklee College of Music. Professor Joe Mullholland.
2015-present University of La Verne
Introduction to Latinx Studies (co-developed course)
Music of the United States
Music since 1900
Music in the Middle ages, Renaissance and Baroque
Music in the 18th and 19th century
Music history and Appreciation
Music of Latin America
Senior project advisor: Norse Metal mythology and symbolism
Senior project advisor: Bach Through Romantic Eyes
Independent study: Cairo Popular Music Revolution: A look into the digital distribution of revolutionary ideals during the Arab Spring
Independent Study: Composition and Counterpoint
Independent study: Hand percussion
University of La Verne West African Drumming Ensemble
University of La Verne Salsa and Latin Jazz Ensemble
2009-2015 Boston University (online)
Masters and Doctors of Musical Arts (DMA)
Music Education course, The Blues
Music Education course, American Music
Music Education course, Music of Africa
Music Education course, Research and Bibliography
2009-2015 Boston University
Musical Cultures of the World
Music of Africa
Presencia: The Boston University Salsa and Latin Jazz ensemble (developed course)
2012-2015 Roxbury Community College
Bachelors and Associates
Music of The World
Introduction to Music
2010-2015 University of Maine, Augusta
Senior Recital Advisor, Eric Winter, BA Music Performance
Latin Jazz and Salsa ensemble
Drum Set and Afro Latin Percussion instructor
2008-2009 Emmanuel College
Musics of the World
ADDITIONAL TEACHING APPOINTMENTS
2007-2014 African Drumming, Summer Youth Music School, University of New Hampshire
2007-2015 Afro-Latin drumming (adults) at The Drum Connection, Boston
2003-present Private instructor in percussion concepts for composers, arranging in traditional and modern Latin American styles, jazz composition and jazz harmony
1998-present Private instructor in Afro-Latin percussion in Chile, USA, England and Canada
2017-2019 Coalition For Diversity Chair. University of La Verne
2018 Local Arrangements committee Society for ethnomusicology Southern California and Hawaii chapter
2017 Search committee music department manager University of La Verne
2017 Latinx and Latin American Studies faculty search committee University of La Verne
2016-2018 Lyceum Arts initiative (university wide arts initiative) University of La Verne
2015-present Faculty member of the Latinx and Latin American studies organizing committee. Including development of Latinx and Latin American Studies minor University of La Verne
2014-2015 Faculty member of the Latin American Studies Program (LASP) committee. A regional division of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies Boston University.
September 2018 Lead organizer for La Explosion Latina 3. Latinx arts and Culture Festival By special request of Chief Diversity and Inclusivity Office and the Multicultural center at University of La Verne
September 2017 Lead organizer for La Explosion Latina 2. Latinx arts and Culture Festival By special request of Chief Diversity and Inclusivity Office and the Multicultural center at University of La Verne
February 2017 Lead organizer for Black History month concert Featuring Lyndon Rochelle and The Gospel of Black History. Part of Sundays at the Morgan Series by special request of the Dean of Arts and Sciences. University of La Verne
September 2016 Lead organizer for La Verne Latino Music Festival Part of Sundays at the Morgan Series by special request of the Dean of Arts and Sciences. University of La Verne
September 2016 Lead organizer for La Explosion Latina. Latinx arts and Culture Festival By special request of Chief Diversity and Inclusivity Office and the Multicultural center at University of La Verne
February 2015 Lead organizer for Black History Month Afro-Cuban concert featuring Maestro Lazaro Galarraga and his Group Sitarason. Part of Sundays at the Morgan Series by special request of the Dean of Arts and Sciences. University of La Verne
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ENDORSEMENTS
Percussive Arts Society: Standing member. Member of the World Percussion Committee. Standing member Diversity Committee: Lead person for social and class issues.
Society for Ethnomusicology: Standing member
Vic Firth drumsticks: Educational endorser
AWARDS AND HONORS
2017 University of La Verne Spirit Awards: Diversity and inclusivity
2015 Summa Cum Laude, PhD Dissertation recommended for publication in English and Spanish, Boston University
2008 First Class, Honors, (Summa Cum Laude), MA, University of York, England
2007 Lady Roslyn Lyons scholarship (full tuition), University of York, England
2006 Magna Cum Laude Berklee College of Music.
2002 Berklee Entering Student Talent scholarship: Berklee College of Music
2003-2006 Berklee Achievement Scholarship: Berklee College of Music (awarded 3 times)
Hispanic Voices/ Voces Hispanas
April 2015 Conceptualization musical arranging and direction of ‘A Gift for Sancho Panza’ $5000
April 2015 Conceptual contributor/performer for ‘Quixote in Kabul’ Directed by Benjamín Juarez. $418.000
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
Salsa music and Latino social movements
Spanish Language Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture
Contemporary Latin Jazz, history, performance, composition and arranging
History, performance and transcription of popular and folkloric Afro Latin percussion
History, performance and transcription of sacred music of the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean
Cuban Timba music history and arranging devices
Latino immigrant identity in the United States
West African Mande Percussion
Microtonal scalar resources in Middle Eastern and Indian music
COMPOSITION/BAND LEADER/ENSEMBLE DIRECTOR/PERFORMER (Selection)
Director, composer/arranger and performer for “World jazz ensemble”
Director, composer/arranger and performer for “Los Songos Jalapeños”
Director, composer/arranger and performer “Andres Espinoza Octet”
Director, composer/arranger, conductor “Andres Espinoza chamber Quartet”
Director, arranger and performer for “Grupo Mofongo”
Portuguese (communicative skills)
Italian (communicative skills)
POPULAR AND/OR FOLKLORIC AFRO–LATIN PERCUSSION
Private teachers studied under (Selection):
Jose Luis Quintana“Changuito”
Antonio (Tonito) Martinez
Highly skilled in computer generated music notation. Finale Trainer.
Experience using professional digital recording software (Pro Tools)
Building, repairing and maintenance of wooden and skinned hand drums