Amado Espinoza (Bolivia) is a unique performing artist and instrument maker that respects his folk traditions of the Andes Mountains, while creating compositions that are sincere to his musical-wanderlust personality. While a specialist in the Bolivian Charango, he can be seen playing dozens of instruments with Ayllu, Colectivo Yanquitl, the Amado Espinoza Trio, or as a featured guest with Ensemble Iberica. Amado is a 2017 Charlotte Street Performing Arts Fellow and a past TEDxKC performer. He has made waves at the Folk Alliance International (Kansas City, MO), World Music Fest (Branson, MO), Bolivian Embassy celebration, (Washington, DC), just to name a few, and internationally (including Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Columbia). He has clients for his custom-made instruments on three continents.
He collaborates with theatre-artist Karen Lisondra, to promote art in education, including the World Music Odyssey, recycled instrument making, devised theatre production, and yoga with live music. In 2017-18 they directed an original work with the Nationally Ranked UMKC Graduate School of the Theatre.