Multi-percussionist/sound artist dedicated to expand the boundaries of contemporary performance practice through sound exploration. His works and experimentations with a wide range of visual artists, music technologists and theatrical/physical percussion repertoire has led him to focus a great deal of energy on projects wherein the visual component of a composition is as important or even equal partner to the music.
Espinosa has performed in all five continents collaborating with artists like Pierre Boulez, John Zorn, Steve Reich, John Luther Adams, Kajia Saariaho, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Currant, Steven Shick, Peter Eötvös, William Winant, Matmos, James Wood, Asko-Schoenberg Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Ives Ensemble, Synergy Singers, and ChampdAction.
Some of the awards he has received are Performance Grand Prize- Tokyo Experimental Festival Vol. 8, 2nd Prize- The International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition (Netherlands, 2009), 3rd Prize-International Percussion Competition (Luxembourg, 2005), Germany's Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for the CD Insomnio (Germany, 2012), Percussive Arts Society Award of Recognition (US, 2003), and Nikki Yanofsky Audio-Technica Prize (Canada, 2013).
Espinosa founded, among other groups, The Electronic Hammer computer-percussion trio and Ear Massage percussion quartet. He was a steady member of cutting edge Dutch ensembles Slagwerk Den Haag, Atlas Ensemble, Ziggurat Ensemble, SOIL, and Amsterdam Percussion Group.
In 2008, Espinosa performed for the Dutch Queen Beatrix as soloist with Theo Loevendie's Ziggurat Ensemble and the Limburgs Synfonie Orkest as part of the 125th cellebration of the Limburgs Synfonie Orkest, conductor Ed. Spanjaard.
In 2009, he was artistic director/coordinator of John Luther Adams' Inuksuit, performed at Spuiplein in Den Haag as part of Together Now Festival.
Recent performances include Maison Française Columbia University (NY), James Wood's Tongues of Fire with the MDR choir and Rogosanti in Peters Kirche (Leipzig), Tokyo Experimental Festival vol9 (Mountan Hall, Tokyo), the Dutch Premiere of Robin de Raaff's Percussion Concerto in Tivoli Vredenburg (Utrecht), and at Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam); opening concert of the first Gaudeamus-Innovations in Easternbloc, Montreal; Centre Georges Pompidou and Centrequatre (as part of Manifest¬– IRCAM); MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo) in Mexico City, Museo Tamayo (Mexico).
Some of the artists with whom Espinosa has collaborated on audio, visual projects are: Tarek Atoui (The Reverse Sessions, Kurimanzutto Gallery-Mexico City), Nuria Montiel (Güira de güiras, Davidoff Residency- Dominican Republic, Sacúdete, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros-Mexico City), Fernando Palma and Nuria Montiel (Denver Art Biennale, 2015), Intransmisión Radioafónica at La Galería de Comercio (founded by Abraham Cruzvillegas and Nuria Montiel in Mexico City), Maotik (IX Symposium Immerssion, Société des Arts et Technologies-SAT, Montreal 2014), Annalee Davis (Paraguay Art Biennale 2015-2016), and Rilo Chmielorz (WDR radio, Cologne, Germany 2003).
Espinosa holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMus) from McGill University, Montreal. He has received fellowships Estudios en el Extranjero (FONCA 2002-03), Nederlandse Fonds voor Podiumkunsten (NFPK 2005), MIDAS, Schullich, Provost, and Graduate Excellence Fellowship (McGill University 2014). He has a Masters degree (Royal Conservatory– The Netherlands) and a Bachelors degree (CIEM–Mexico and the associated Board of the Royal School of Music-UK).
Currently he is a member of Liminar ensemble with whom he performed Hermann Nitsch's Sinfonía für Mexico City world premiere (Mexico City, 2015) and the theater company Todas las fiestas de Mañana where he participates as a music performer, actor, and composer.
He has recorded CDs and DVDs for Mode Records, Tzadik, Cantalloupe, Col legno, EMF, ENCORA, Karnatic Lab, Artek, EtCetera, Cero and Navona Records.
Diego Espinosa Cruz Glez’s tracks