Today we’d like to introduce you to Alea.
Alea, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My name is Alea and I am a singer songwriter/performer from La Guajira Colombia. After finishing my studies in Communications in Medellín, Colombia. I came to study Professional Music at Berklee College of Music in 2013. It was a very uncertain time, I wasn’t sure If I would complete a semester or two. With a lot of work and help I graduated in 2015 with a Diploma in Professional Music, focused on Jazz Composition and performance. During my studies I started traveling frequently to New York and perform with Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano, a Colombian jazz orchestra in the city. New York started winking at me and I finally made the move in 2016.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not Smooth. Just like my friends that come from other countries, being an immigrant and staying afloat is already the biggest challenge. Figuring out how I was going to pay for each semester or if I’d get the scholarship. Adapting to a community and letting go of the people you ‘left behind’. Growing as a woman with an identity
and a strong cultural background; finding my place, my sound and my people; Making a new family of friends and loved ones….
Today it’s being a freelance musician, creating a business plan for my music figure/brand and finding out that life is music but music without reasons to smile is very lonely. Understanding that living well is as important as making music. Figuring out what you want, how to achieve it and not wasting time, because we never know how much longer we can be here. From one visa to another…
Please tell us about Alea.
I create and perform music. This is my biggest accomplishment: touring with my band and making a business out of my music, without compromising the music itself. I am a proud Latina, Colombian, and desert girl from La guajira, who represents her culture through traditional and contemporary music. I bring to the table a dish with many flavors, genres and dance. My favorite part of music is how we feel it with our bodies, so I create music for the soul. Colombian inspired music with hints of jazz, pop, and other Latin American grooves.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I have so many. I am blessed with a happy childhood. My mother’s arms. My father’s eyes. My backyard tree that I climbed at 5am when no one was awake and I could eat its fruit (Mamón) and watch the sunrise. My friends and our dreams.
- Website: www.alealeamusic.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/alealeamusic
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/alealeamusic
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/alealeamusic
Multiple Photographers: Rosa Amanda Tuirán, Jose Alberto Barreto , Mauricio Candela, Lauren Desberg (Yellow background photo)