Almunis (Alejandra Ortiz) is a Colombian singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, USA; and a Sound Therapist with Certification from the Voice, Sound and Music Healing Program of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California, USA.
In 2004 she founded the visionary electronic folk duo Lulacruza. Since 2016, she makes music with her beloved husband, the Swedish singer and producer Marcus Berg (leader of Kultiration and Markandeya) under the name of Minük.
Deeply rooted in the immemorial ritual practices of the Americas, Almunis is the creator of the Embodied Voice method. Since 2005, she has offered hundreds of voice and sound healing sessions internationally, sharing her connection with singing as path of self-knowledge and transformation. She incorporates yoga, taoist training, drama therapy and meditation, as well as her love for water and plants, in her healing work with sound.
Almunis was initiated into the mysteries of sacred sound by Sarah Benson in 2001 (Earth Sound Light Center, Boston, USA), and was fortunate to study:
Yoga of the Voice with Silvia Nakkach (VoxMundi), singing with Lisa Thorson (Berklee College of Music), Maria Olga Piñeros (Colombia) and Livia Koppman (Argentina). Sound healing with John Beaulieu (Biosonics), Joshua Leeds (Sonic Alchemy), Pat Moffitt Cook (Open Ear Center), Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (Tibetan Bön Buddhist Art of Sound Healing), Laurie Herron and Katie Mink (West Coast Acutonics). Percussion with Kenwood Dennard, Valerie Naranjo, Glen Velez and Jamie Haddad. TaKeTiNa with Reinhard & Cornelia Flatishler. Improvisation with Meredith Monk and Deep listening with Pauline Oliveros.
Almunis has sung in India, Israel, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, Colombia, the United States, Spain, Sweden, Greece, Germany, Holland and Hungary. She has recorded more than 30 albums. She starred in and co-produced “Esperando el Tsunami“ a documentary directed by Vincent Moon, about her sonic explorations in various regions of Colombia.
All her songs, chants and offerings across the world aim to anchor light and sound codes from her star ancestry back into the Earth, activating an authentic, powerful presence of love and unity.
She is the founder and director of Sonido Sana, and is currently based in Barichara, Colombia where she lives with her husband and two daughters.