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Singer, composer, multi instrumentalist and sonic innovator Alquimia has brought a rare ambient influence to Celtic, mediaeval, electronic and neo-classical vocal music.
Based in London, and singing in various languages including Spanish, English, Nahuatl, Mayan, Gaelic, Latin, Catalan, she also uses her voice to create multilayered choirs and electronic vocal soundscapes - described as "an ethereal chorale of great beauty" by Audion (UK.)
"...her ethereal vocal technique and her sensuous sonic palette are, at once, exotically seductive
and disarmingly eerie." (London Musicians' Collective, UK:)
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"A Separate Reality" is influenced by the writings of Carlos Casteneda
and the theme of alternative levels of consciousness.
"Awe-inspiring" might be the best description of this new album by Mexican vocalist, composer and synthesist Alquimia- often described as a cross between Enya and Tangerine Dream... a trek into exotic electronic soundscapes and world music realism. Alquimia is a beguiling musician, sure to send a haunting jolt up your spine." -
"Pretty darn close to being staggeringly, mind-blowingly, the best thing you've ever heard from female vocals and synths. The dynamics of the tracks are just amazing- the first three parts are a wonder to behold, textures that will have you in awe of the depth, emotion and beauty of the dark, yet soaring, slowly flowing music. A remarkable album, and one which you will take to your heart and treasure for a very long time." C. & D. Services, UK.
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1. Encinerada (single edit)
2. Night of the Alebrijes (single edit)
4. Solar Quest
5. First Light
7. Fleeting Worlds
8. A Separate Reality
9. Reflection (reprise)
11. Night of the Alebrijes
This album features Alquimia on voice, synthesisers, percussion, electronics, composition, recording and mix.
Thanks to guest musicians: Lukax Santana (percussion, track 6) and
Mark Jenkins (additional synthesisers & sampler, tracks 6 & 7.)
After searching for the musical roots of her native Mexico on her previous album, "A Separate Reality", singer, composer and sonic innovator Alquimia goes in search of the musical traditions of her adopted country, the United Kingdom, on her album "Angaelic Voices."
The term "Angaelic", invented by Alquimia, aims to combine the Gaelic and Ango-Saxon traditions with the symbolism of the Christian choir of angels.
Singing in languages including Gaelic, Latin, English and Catalan, she also uses her voice to create multi-layered choirs of complex harmonies, textures and counterpoints.
Alquimia combines songs such as "Angaelica" and "Maghera" in a traditional folk-rooted secular style with others, like "Laude Mysterium" Santé Morla" and "Stella Mundis" in Latin and Gaelic, reminiscent of church music.
Ancient Gaelic and Celtic were influenced, rather than overwhelmed by, the coming of the Latin language with the Roman Invasion and, later, of Christianity. In the same way in which Roman Catholicism incorporated, rather than competed, with Pagan traditions, celebrating Christmas near the time of the Winter Solstice, and the decorated tree symbolising fertility became the Christmas tree, musicians and poets of northern Europe often added Latin to their native Gaelic, Celtic or Breton, creating music which incorporated both languages.
On this album Alquimia opts for a change of style.With arrangements played by world-class musicians, she mixes original compositions with fresh new interpretations of traditional British songs. From moving lyricism to choral soundscapes, if your tastes range from Clannad to Enya, you would regret not giving it a listen.
Alquimia and Rudiger Gleisberg
Romantic moods and mystical fairytales, beautiful melodies and classical sounds, combined with dreamy songs of timeless beauty. The voice of Alquimia, aided by Gleisberg's syphonic sounds seduce the listener into a world of dreams and passion. Alquimia and Gleisberg are reminiscent of Enya, Adiemus and Michael Nyman.
Enter a secret world. In an enchanted garden, fairies and fireflies weave their stories of myth and mystery. The angelic voice of London-based singer Alquimia blends exquisitely with the dreamy symphonic landscapes, shimmering harp, flute and piano sounds of German composer Rudiger Gleisberg. Both are well-established artists in Europe, known for their live performances during the summer festival season.
Together, they take you on an ethereal journey- Alquimia's romantically poetic lyrics and bewitching vocals seem to dance upon Gleisberg's luxuriantly and artfully layered arrangements. The result is a special magic that will caress you with a rhapsody of a long-forgotten magical time.Come along with them, close your eyes, and the veil is lifted into an unseen world of timeless beauty and heaven-touched reverie.
What people say:
"With their first album for Sequoia, gifted songstress Alquimia and composer Rudiger Gleisberg trasnport listeners to a place of fairytales, folklore and daydreams. 'Garden of Dreams' has the same enchanting, Celtic-inspired quality that has made Gary Stadler's fairy-themed albums so popular. The ethereal soundscapes feature and exquisite blend of harp, piano, orchestral strings and keyboard, all interwoven by Gleisberg to create a place of magic and mysticism. Alquimia's vocals are fragile and pure, yet filled with an intoxicating emotion that grabs your attention and lulls you into a dreamy reverie. If you recognise her name it may be because of the compliations on which she has appeared, including both of the 'Cafe de Luna' albums." - Music Design in Review.
Alquimia and Zinkl
A marriage made in cyberspace!
What happens when an unconventional creator of sounds with his preferences for 1970s art rock and modern computer music meets a Mexican mystic, vocal artist and groove specialist?
Zinkl, the quiet type, with a predilection for wonderously charming and delightfully unpredictable treasures, and Alquimia, the enigmatic sensualist certainly make for an unusual couple.
But they say that opposites attract, and these two have deliberately sought each other out.
"Underwater", their first joint album, unites Alquimia's feelings for exotic but catchy melodies and polished vocal artistry with Zinkl's offbeat sounds and percussion sequences, complete with tricky 12-tone harmonies. In an act of creation, the two musical nightbirds have turned their backs on all the trends and created a migical album; their apparently opposing aesthetic approaches have given rise to a dozen suprisingly homogenous songs which, at the same time, are jewels that sparkle from every one of their many facets.
Informed listeners will recognise associations ranging from Kate Bush to Stravinsky and Endash, yet there is really no equivalent in the modern music world.
Alquimia and Rodelius
German electronica legend meets Mexican sonic innovator.
Legendary composer, founder of groups such as Kluster and Harmonia and collaborator with artists such as Brian Eno, Holger Czukay, Michael Rother, Conny Plank and Peter Baumann, Rodelius still has a tremendous influence on younger generations of ambient and electronica composers, from The Aphex Twins and The Orb, to Mouse on Mars and Stereolab.
For "Move and Resonate," Rodelius has found an equally illustrious creative partner. London-based Mexican singer, composer and sonic innovator, Alquimia, has brought a rare Latin-American /world music influence to his electronic and ambient pieces.
Rodelius: Ensoniq TS10 keyboard, pre-prepared sound material, samples, voice.
Alquimia: voice, backing voices, flutes, clay flutes, ocarinas, waterclay flutes, bird call flutes, clay drums, water drums, clay posts, timbales, teponaxtli, huehuetl, woodblock, rainstick, seeds, gabasa, shakers, maracas, guiro, cowbell, gongs, cymbals, electronics, electronic processors, effects and synthesisers.
Mergener et Amici with Alquimia
Sensual melodies, driving rhythms, rocky and bizarre moments...
Every year in August the Roman festival "Bread & Games" take place in Trier, Germany¹s oldest city. Main locations are the unique Roman monuments, the "Kaiserthermen" and the amphitheatre. Both magnificent structures have been placed on the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage.
The program of the historical event offers attractive entertainment for everybody. In the amphitheatre you can see exciting gladiators-fights and a parade of Roman soldiers (legions), at night-time the arena is illuminated by torches. In the Kaiserthermen you can experience the daily life in a Roman camp on the Palästra.
A special atmosphere in the "Mystical Nights" was created by Peter Mergener & friends (Mergener et Amici) and his sound installations in the illuminated underground labyrinth of the ancient bath. The music written by Peter Mergener and Alquimia, was specially designed for this event and was the first time Mergener et Amici presented their music live on stage August 2004.
On the DVD you can see and hear the whole concert, in another chapter you will have the opportunity to experience the Mystic Night during a 14 minutes walk throught the illuminated aisles of the Kaiserthermen, another chapter shows the gladiators in the Amphitheatre and you can escort the legonaries from Porta Nigra to the Roman camp.
Including bonus MPEG4 video track- Nox Occulta.
Mergener et Amici with Alquimia
2. Touch the Guitar
4. Rain in Australia
5. Endless Night (Nox Mystica)
6. Cuniculus Occultas
9. Santé Morla (in Latin)
12. Aquarium Calentium Fontes
13. Te Deum
Rainbow in the Air
Stella Maris with Alquimia
Dirk Schlömer, former member of legendary German agit-rock band Ton Steine Scherben, supported by unique artists like Mexican singer Alquimia, Kerstin Blodig and others, created a musical journey through all great cultures and religions whilst always sticking true to the art of song.
On thie, the second Stella Maris album, the singers enchant the listeners with their distinctly female energy, each in her own way and each in a different language (English, Spanish, Norwegian, French, Latin and even Fantasian!)
This album enfolds a panoramic view of the spiritual diversity of the third millennium, but it is also a tribute to love: the love of sacred music, the love of great song, and, most of all, the love of the female voice, the voice of female intuition.