when the first woman sang
“…Humming and singing
she shaped the world…”
Vocal Alchemy is what I call the use of wordless vocalization to find what needs to be expressed by the body, matching the frequency of crystallized patterns and hidden emotions in order to release them and restore a healthy flow of energy.
Without the limitations of language, vocal alchemy can evoke an awakening of our dormant selves, allowing us to express fully the joy, love and wonder of who we are so we can evolve our dreams and identities in closer alignment with our purpose in life.
The singing sun, the Dreamtime song
Which sings the world into existence every day and all night long
We can be the mythic beings whose singing breath once again creates the world anew
- Consuelo Luz
Consuelo Luz - Bio
Consuelo Luz, vocal alchemist, singer/songwriter, activist, award-winning recording and performance artist, known worldwide for her soulful interpretation of Sephardic music, has performed internationally, produced and recorded eight albums and her works have been included in many international music compilations such as Buddha Bar and Putumayo.
Although always aware of the power of music to inspire, in the 1990s Consuelo started exploring the actual healing properties of sound. This exploration led her to research what had been written about the ancient art of healing with sound and to study with teachers such as sound healing pioneer Jonathan Goldman, (HealingSounds.com) Jan Cercone (SoundandLightHealingArts.com) and finally Vickie Dodd (SacredSoundSchool,com), with whom she found a confirmation of the power of allowing the voice to sound without words, beyond toning and chanting to embrace every sound the human voice is capable of expressing.
Back in the 1970s Consuelo had experienced this vocal freedom first in a Catholic prayer group and later, when she was drawn to angelic energies, she called it angel singing. Later still, as she incorporated it into her performances and recordings, she called it ecstatic singing. But now, in the context of transformative change, by allowing these intuitive vocals to sound sounds that run the gamut from ethereal to primitive to strange, the voice becomes re-affirmed as the most powerful, authentic and efficient transmitter of the frequencies the body needs to express in order to heal and transform. Consuelo coined the term vocal alchemy or vocalchemy to describe her work.
Consuelo made Northern New Mexico her home over 40 years ago when she drove her 1948 bread truck into Taos in an April snowstorm while headed for Patagonia, a fated detour that would transform her life. She never made it to Patagonia (still on her bucket list), settling instead in Taos, later Las Trampas and Santa Fe, raising four children and following her heart and her voice.
In Peru, where she grew up, raised by Chilean/Cuban parents, she switched from classical piano to guitar in order to learn her beloved South American folk songs and ballads which, together with the protest songs of the sixties, inspired her to start writing her own songs and embark on an epic quest for love, poetry, justice and truth, which she has, so far, survived, aided by loving friends along the way, lots of geraniums and green chile and, of course, the healing power of sound.