Alquimia

Alquimia

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Alquimia is a Mexican female multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with a background in electronic and classical music. Her vocal style combines elements of avantgarde, ethnic, medieval, classical and improvised music. Her scores border on ambient, world and psychedelic music.
Creator of enigmatic, sonic vistas, explorer of the ancient legends of the Aztecs and Mayans, weaver of multi-faceted choral soundscapes... Alquimia (pronounced: al-key-meea) is all of these and more.
Singing in languages such as Spanish, English, French and her native idiom Nahuatl, she uses her voice to create multilayered choirs and electronically altered vocal soundscapes, fusing Pre-Hispanic world music with futuristic electronics.
While her basic tracks feature vocals and piano, Alquima enhances her recordings with layers of looped vocals, electronic processors, sound effects, samples, synthesizers, gongs and bells. The result is a sound that combines the musical traditions of Latin America with influences of rock, pop, avant-garde, classical and improvisational music. Described as "an ethereal chorale of great beauty" …. "Alquima aims to dazzle, entrance , relax and excite, and, does so on all counts," by Audion (UK.), "….her ethereal vocal technique and her sensuous sonic palette are, at once, exotically seductive and disarmingly eerie." (London Musician´s Collective, UK.)
Alquimia was born in Mexico and developed an early love of music and singing, partly from her mother, a classical opera singer. She went on to study in France and Canada, before making her permanent home in England. However, although she has often been far from home, her interest in the ethnic musical styles of her home country, made her learn various pre-Columbian percussion instruments and flutes, while her search for new sounds inspired her use of modern music technology. She has developed some revolutionary singing techniques (some of them involving electronic processors), opening up for her a whole range of electronic and natural new sounds to experiment and compose with.
Alquimia has recorded many albums, both as a solo artist and with writers and musicians such as H.J Roedelius, R. Gleisberg, Peter Mergener, Zinkl, Mark Powell, Art of Infinity, and others. She is also busy with her other project "Maggie-Beth Sand and Serpentyne”, which, explores the world of mediaeval world music: mystic chants and entrancing harmonies.
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LAN-769 Alquimia Monstruos Transparentes(LP, Album) RCA LAN-769 Mexico 1989 Sell This Version
MOCD 002 Alquimia "Coatlicue" Goddess Of The Earth(CD, Album) Musica Onirica MOCD 002 UK 1992 Sell This Version
AMP-CD 028 Alquimia Wings Of Perception(CD, Album) AMP Records AMP-CD 028 UK 1995 Sell This Version
ReR ALQ1 Alquimia & Jose Luis Fernandez Ledesma* Alquimia & Jose Luis Fernandez Ledesma* - Dead Tongues (Lenguas Muertas)(CD, Album) ReR Megacorp ReR ALQ1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
Alquimia A Separate Reality (Album) AMP Records UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDH 651.2 Mario Schiano, Alquimia, Peter Cusack Mario Schiano, Alquimia, Peter Cusack - Fluxus(CD, Album) Splasc(H) Records CDH 651.2 Italy 1999 Sell This Version
398.6557.2 Roedelius* + Alquimia Roedelius* + Alquimia - Move And Resonate(CD, Album) Prudence 398.6557.2 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
398.6594.2 Zinkl* & Alquimia Zinkl* & Alquimia - Underwater(CD, Album) Prudence 398.6594.2 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
398.6638.2 Alquimia Angaelic Voices (CD, Album) Prudence 398.6638.2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Alquimia & Gleisberg* Alquimia & Gleisberg* - Garden Of Dreams (Album) Prudence Germany 2005 Sell This Version
398.6733.2 Alquimia Forever(CD, Album, Enh) Prudence 398.6733.2 Germany 2007 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TEC-181 Alquimia Tu Y Yo(12", EP, Ltd, Vio) RCA Victor TEC-181 Mexico 1988 Sell This Version
398.6557.3 Roedelius* + Alquimia Roedelius* + Alquimia - Voces De Mi Tierra(CD, Single) Prudence 398.6557.3 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
398.6591.3 Alquimia Encinerada(CD, Single) Prudence 398.6591.3 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
EVER 023-12 Steve Baltes vs. Alquimia Steve Baltes vs. Alquimia - Sola Danza(12") Everlasting Records EVER 023-12 Germany 2003 Sell This Version

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ultimathulerecords

February 25, 2014
Alquimia is a rare talent, a female multi-instrumentalist, a daring adventurer in the realms between the avant-garde, experimental rock and indigenous Central American folk musics. She hails from Mexico, a country we already know for its rich and diverse modern music culture (see Audion #8, pages 12-14), and amazingly her music is often comparable to many a new-music fans favourite Mexican musician: Jorge Reyes.
Alquimia's background is in electronic music, jazz improvisation, classical and contemporary musics, and notably composition study as McGill University in Canada. She rejects the contemporary or jazz fields as one's she now likes to work in, preferring to explore the nether regions of new-music, developing her own sound and above all, escaping all musical categories, combining disparate musics, fracturing the conventional ones and putting them into a new perspective - all this done with an astute sense of melodic structure and accessibility. Okay, as such, Alquimia may not be totally original, I already quoted Jorge Reyes, and could also mention Dead Can Dance, Art Zoyd, N.R. Hills, Luciano Dari, Christina Kubisch, Mia Zabelka, Ordo Equitum Solis, and I could also stretch to quoting Nurse With Wound! Alquimia blends the familiar with the abstract, the melodic with the surreal, the ancient with the modern.
From my review in Audion #22, published in July 1992

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