Artist Profiles: Lucía Pulido

Lucía Pulido – Photo by Lukas Beck

Since her arrival in NY in 1994, the singer Lucía Pulido has mined the rich musical traditions of her native Colombia in her ongoing search for new and distinct musical possibilities, incorporating different elements from contexts as varied as jazz, contemporary music, and chamber music. This has initiated a host of different projects.

In 1996, in collaboration with the composer Ivan Benavides and the pianist Hector Martignon, she inaugurated the first stage of her New York experience: an ensemble of original and traditional compositions that effortlessly combined elements of Latin jazz with popular Colombian rhythms. Also participating on the project was the drummer and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi with whom she was to initiate a very fruitful collaboration in the years to come.

After a brief period of reworking and interpreting traditional themes which culminated in Fiesta de Tambores, Lucia and Satoshi unveiled a more ambitious project, the critically acclaimed Cantos Religiosos y Paganos de Colombia, blending contemporary chamber music with ancestral songs and percussion, released on the Intuition label.

In addition to this avant garde style, she also sings arrangements of traditional Colombian songs from various regions which tend to maintain elements of traditional music alongside urban experimentalism, as well as compositions and arrangements especially written for her by Latin American composers such as Ivan Benavides , Sebastian Cruz and Fernando Tarres”.

Discography:

Lucía Pulido (Religious and Pagan songs from Colombia) (Intuition Records, 2001)
Dolor de Ausencia (2006)
Waning Moon – Luna Menguante (Adventure Music, 2008)
Songbook I – Beliefs, with Fernando Tarrés and La Raza (BAU Records)
Songbook II – Prayer, with Fernando Tarrés and La Raza (BAU Records)
Songbook III – Myths, with Fernando Tarrés (BAU Records)
Por esos caminos – Journeying (Ojo Música, 2011)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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