Juana Molina ::: Lulacruza ::: Biennial of the Americas ::: 07.16.10
For those of you that haven’t been to the Biennial of the Americas as of yet, shame on you. The good news is that the museum is open till the end of the month for all of you locals to take in the wonderful art pieces, panels, and tremendous live performances. Friday’s Future Folk panel included two acts from South America. The Colombian/Argentine duo of Lulacruza blended the sound of their native land with electronic manipulation to compliment the beautiful vocals of Alejandra Ortiz. We had showed up a bit late to their set, but the sound of the bass that moved some of the art pieces to shake prompted us to hurry up to the top floor for the performance. I spoke with half of the duo, Luis Maurette, and he informed me that they will be releasing a new album very soon that will create a beautiful juxtaposition of Bat for Lashes with early 90′s house and the native sounds of South America. Juana Molina’s set was a bit hampered due to her inability to acclimate to the elevation and dry weather here in town. She complained several times throughout her set that her voice wouldn’t make it till the end, but alas, she came through with a subdued set of her discography. Despite her ailments, she sounded unaffected and I wouldn’t have noticed had she not said a word. What WAS very present was her signature samples of music constructed using multitrack recorders and loop pedals, and for THAT, I am very thankful.