Rooted luminous songs unfolding in sonic landscapes

“Shamanic Electronica. Lulacruza bring together Colombia and Argentina with the rest of the world in an electro ethnic ritual” – Rolling Stone

Lulacruza is an electronic folk duo operating at the junction of the hypermodern and the ancient. Their music weaves together hypnotic female singing, South American folk instruments and electronic processing, while channeling pulsating waves from the source of creation.

Lulacruza combines songs, soundscapes and dance music with astonishing ease. In their live sets, they process and sample acoustic instruments, moving from tribal beats and songs smudged with electronic textures, to beautiful drones and chants.

Treating sound almost like a malleable plastic material, Lulacruza creates live and organic sonic spaces. Their music has the power to induce intense trance-like states, invoking otherworldly nature spirits and activating the resonant frequencies of the human body.

Lulacruza is made up of Alejandra Ortiz (Colombia) and Luis Maurette (Argentina). Alejandra is an extraordinary songbird and plays the Colombian cuatro and percussion. Luis Maurette complements with electronic processing and sequencing, as well as percussion and charango.

Since meeting at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, USA, Lulacruza has performed in over 50 cities in 5 countries and released 5 albums: Do Pretty! (2006), Soloina (2008), an EP of remixes called Canta (2009), Circular Tejido (2011) and the upcoming Orcas (2015).

Their music has been included in documentaries in Colombia, Argentina and Mexico, as well as compilations in Japan, Argentina, Italy, the USA and Venezuela. In 2007, they were chosen as Today’s Top Tune on Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW 89.9. In 2008, they were Artists in Residency at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco, CA and were recipients of both the Zellerbach Family Foundation grant and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation grant for their multidisciplinary performances and social reach. In 2009 and 2011, their second and fourth albums were included in the prestigious Club del Disco catalogue in Argentina.

They are based in Buenos Aires (Argentina). All their music is Pay-What-You-Want at www.music.lulacruza.com

Lulacruza is a cornerstone in the musical DNA of Latinamerica”. Revista Veintitres (Argentina)

“Their eclectic mix of Amazonian flutes, Colombian kalimba, cuatro and womping bass, keyboard, and samples taken from the jungles of South America is ayahuasca for the ears. The combination of indigenous instruments as well as indie and modern electronica sensibilities creates songs that sound as if a shaman, Manu Chao and your favorite dubstep DJ had an orgy.” -Santa Fe Reporter, NM (USA)

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Luis Maurette. Photo by Lula Bauer
Luis Maurette
Luis is a percussionist, electronic musician, and multimedia artist. He graduated from Berklee College of Music, studied at CCMIX in Paris, and Mastered in Experimental Electronic Music at Mills College. He has performed and released music in NYC, Paris, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, San Francisco, Boston & São Paulo. In his music and video work, Luis explores the relationship of ancient and contemporary ways of life, how these two seemingly opposite viewpoints overlap and can nurture each other. He has lived throughout the American continent, bridging north and south, and exploring universal principles that connect different cultures. Sound, as a carrier of meaning and knowledge, as the unifying vibrational building block of the universe, as a reflection of time, as song, music and culture, is the primary inspiration for his art and life.luismaurette.net
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Alejandra Ortiz. Photo by Lula Bauer
Alejandra Ortiz
Alejandra is a singer/songwriter from Bogotá, Colombia. She has a deep connection with the immemorial practices of her land and plays native instruments from different cultures. She has toured Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia & the US, and has recorded over 20 albums. She graduated from Berklee College of Music, and the Sound, Voice & Music Healing Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California. She is inspired by being in nature, being in silence and by the possibilities of using sound for transformation. She is also a sound teacher and healer, very much in love with birds, mountains and all forms of water.
 

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