Singer, composer and sonic innovator Alquimia (pronounce: al-ki-mia) has brought a rare mystical Aztec influence to ambient and experimental vocal music. Singing in various languages such as Spanish, English, French and her native idiom Nahuatl she also uses her voice to create multilayered choirs and electronically altered vocal soundscapes.
Alquimia was born in Mexico, where she studied classical piano and voice from an early age. When she became interested in the ethnic musical styles of her home country, she learned to master various pre-Columbian percussion instruments and flutes. 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.
Now living in London Alquimia incorporates a wide variety of influences into her unique style, ranging from Pre-Hispanic Mexican folk music, via mediaeval and classical music to ambient and even techno. She has collaborated and performed with many other artists. In England she created the “Electronicage” club in 1998, a place where visual artists and musicians peform, thus bringing life to electronics and electronics to life.