Miguel Espinoza has had a lifelong love affair with flamenco. A child prodigy who started honing his technique since the age of four—and performed his first recital at age nine on PBS—Espinoza is hailed as one of the best flamenco guitarists in the world. Described by Guitar Player Magazine as “mesmerizing,” Espinoza is much more than a virtuosic technician. Whether his lightning-fast fingers are skittering across the fretboard, fluttering over the sound hole like percussive hummingbird wings or skillfully drawing achingly beautiful melodies out of the strings, Espinoza’s award-winning compositions create an exotic, intoxicating musical elixir of flamenco fusion--one that is as sonically exciting as it is emotionally moving.
After moving to Spain to apprentice with numerous flamenco masters, he was embraced by the gypsy community and eventually earned the title “maestro” himself. Espinoza toured with flamenco dance troupes, including Maria Benitez, throughout Europe and the U.S. Following years of refining his art on his own, Espinoza went on to study advanced harmony with guitarists Wayne Sturdy and Dale Bruning.
As a young boy visiting a tiny Mayan village with his mother, Espinoza was approached by an aging shaman and given the name “curandero” (healer). Two decades later, it was the name he chose for his flamenco fusion project.
Curandero, consisting of Espinoza on guitar and Ty Burhoe on tabla, magically fused two ancient musical traditions—traditional flamenco guitar and the intricate classical drums of North India—to bring Espinoza’s compositions to life. After being signed to Silver Wave Records and releasing Curandero’s self-titled debut CD, they invited world-renowned musicians Béla Fleck on banjo and Kai Eckhardt on bass (John McLaughlin Trio) to record the sophomore album. Aràs received accolades from critics and fans worldwide—and was selected as one of the 50 best releases from 1990–2000 by the Indie Acoustic Project.
After deciding to venture out on his own, Espinoza released Guitarra en Mano, which explored even more musical territory. Melding flamenco with a variety of genres—including Latin jazz, salsa, classical and even rap—it further showcased Espinoza’s extraordinary technical skills, genre-bending creativity and soul-stirring musicality. The CD received the Indie Acoustic Project’s Best CD of 2009 Award in the Latin category.
Espinoza has performed both nationally and internationally at notable venues (Red Rocks, Macky Auditorium, Boulder Theater, Chatauqua Auditorium, Denver Botanic Gardens) and has shared the stage with artists such as Kitaro, Tuck and Patti, Rita Moreno and Ben Vereen. He has also composed and recorded music for feature films and documentaries. In addition to performing, he offers private lessons, workshops and master classes.
Miguel has most recently joined forces with his new band, Flamenco Fusion, incorporating Flamenco, Jazz, European Classical and Indian Classical music into a riveting synthesis of sound and energy. A new release is anticipated in late 2018.