Esquivel’s Out of This World!

A playful picture-book biography of the father of space-age bachelor-pad lounge music.


A self-taught Mexican composer, arranger, bandleader, and pianist, Juan García Esquivel was a pioneer in the use of stereo sound in the 1950s and 1960s. Juan's music is quirky, fun, and truly out of this world, with unusual instrumentation and unorthodox vocal textures and effects. Juan was a true musical innovator, using sound and stereo as his musical palette.

Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist was written by Susan Wood. Artist Duncan Tonatiuh created the book's illustrations using his award-winning style based on ancient Mexican art. 

Check out Esquivel’s crazy-cool sound right here! It’s out of this world!

© Susan Wood 2016