Photo: Udo Siegfriedt
Laura Robles & Ale Hop
with Liza Alpízar Aguilar – dance
Cajón/percussion, electric guitar, electronics (2022, WP)
The Peruvian musicians Laura Robles and Alejandra Cárdenas (aka Ale Hop) – both based in Berlin – have long followed experimental approaches in their music and in various art formats. Their performance »Agua Dulce« (Sweet Water) is named for a popular beach in the district of Chorrillos (in Lima) where both Robles and Cárdenas spent time during their youth. Here – only a few houses away, yet without knowing one another – was where the two developed their musical world of experience. Their performance is also influenced by the Peruvian coast: as a point of departure, the two artists use »Afro-Peruvian Rhythms«, a catch-all term for the different musical developments of the last two centuries on the Pacific Coast. Together, the artists explore new sounds and rhythms with Robles’ hybrid Cajon for electronic and acoustic sounds, which Cárdenas, in turn, transforms with electronic effects and synthesis modules.
Alejandra Cardenas aka Ale Hop (born in Peru) is an artist, researcher and experimental instrumentalist. In her complex pop arrangements and contemporary electronic music – characterized as »omnivorous pop experimentalism« (The Wire Magazine) – she utilizes a diverse repertoire of extended techniques for electric guitar and real-time sampling devices. Ale Hop’s solo career began with a Red Bull Music Academy residency and a performance at the London platform Boiler Room. Since then, she has performed at festivals including CTM in Berlin and NRMAL in Mexico City, and presented her work at exhibitions and concerts worldwide. She holds a degree in sound studies and studied the history and theory of science and technology. She lives in Berlin and is currently working on the topic of Artificial Intelligence for her PhD dissertation.
Laura Robles & Ale Hop – Performance
cajón/percussion, electric guitar, electronics (2022, WP)