Lulacruza recently made their final stop on their North American tour at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on August 22, 2015. The band consists of Alejandra Ortiz and Luis Maurette who both originate from South America. Their most recent album, Orcas features 8 tracks, which bring together folk and electronic sounds that will make you feel as if you have floated off to a far away island. This album has all you need to relax, transcend and tune out the constant chatter of the outside world.
Following Lulacruza’s North American tour WOLFshoes had the opportunity of interviewing the duo.
Tell us about your album Orcas?
Alejandra Ortiz: Orcas is our 5th full-length album, and our most intimate album to date. It’s a collection of songs about the risk and vulnerability of falling in love: falling in love with another, falling in love with the chaotic beauty of nature, and the ultimate need to fall in love with one’s self… It was recorded during my pregnancy, so it was a very very special moment to enter the studio. The album was recorded on Orcas Island in a state-of-the-art recording studio surrounded by the ocean and ancient woods. While there we were deeply moved by the energy of the island and feel that its spirits came into the music, so we decided to name the album after the island.
Have you learned anything about yourselves while touring?
Luis Maurette: Definitely! When one has toured as much as we have over the last 10 years, touring is part of life and life’s lessons come up on the road. Between 2009 and 2012 we went on extensive 4-6 month long tours. These weren’t your typical tours because they relied heavily on community, we offered our concerts to anybody who had the will and the space to host. This way of touring took us to the most incredible places and situations, things we could have never imagined; cities, rivers, mountains, communes, farms, homesteads, spiritual communities, and more. These travels were not only done as performers, I personally traveled heavily in the Argentine Andes mountains discovering indigenous music of that region, and we also shot Esperando el Tsunami in Colombia, traveling to some of the most remote places of the country, where we delved into indigenous and Afro-colombian cultures.
In our travels we deeply connected not only with the people that we would encounter, but also to different ways of life, different conceptions of how we can live with the land and each other, different conceptions around relationships and love, different conceptions of what it is to live among spirits, and how we can maintain integrity in how we live. It’s almost endless what I’ve learned on the road, it is such an integral part of me that I cannot tell anymore where I learned what.
Why do you want your listeners to transcend?
Luis Maurette: The music that calls me, is music that takes me past my regular notions of what life is, past my definitions of physicality and individuality. When music is shallow, it just doesn’t interest me, and is even exhausting to listen. In that search for transcendental music we both have experienced, first-hand, rituals and ceremonies where the music transports the listener, opens gateways to other dimensions and holds the universe together.
After those experiences it would be pointless to shoot for anything other than transcendence. Once you have seen and experienced some of the things we have, there is no turning back.
Do you meditate?
Alejandra Ortiz: I sit in silence, and I also practice a form of active meditation called latihan.
Do you have any advice for musicians just starting out?
Luis Maurette: I feel that music has been the key that has opened up some of the most precious things in my life. Music is communal, it’s spiritual, it’s emotional, it makes you dance, or cry, or listen to the spheres or express angst, and on and on. There is no limit to what music can be. I would say, trust this key, and let it take you where it needs to.
Alejandra Ortiz: I would say, find your inner guide, and search within for the unique gift that you have offer to the world. For me, deep listening is what makes you a real musician.
Article by Lily Colovic.