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Life and Work with Lexi Pulido

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lexi Pulido.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I have had a relationship with music all throughout my life, dating back to the first, microphone-in-hand, karaoke sessions of my toddler days. I began performing original, singer-songwriter music in high school and spent my first year at UCSD attending as many open mics as possible while attempting to keep up as an engineering major. As a music minor witnessing one of the most experimental music departments in the world, I was given a glimpse into the sensational potency of sound art, jazz across the decades, and Brazilian music. Needless to say, the vision and magnetism of music became relentless and moved in me a change of majors.

The foundational platform I was given at UCSD set me off in many directions following graduation in 2015. I picked up teaching jobs at the Kroc Center and Kalabash School of Music and the Arts (still loving the atmosphere and community at Kalabash). I continued composing, began singing and dancing in cover bands, and, by a stroke of fate, started working with a marvelous Brazilian musician here on a student visa named Marcus Alcantarilla. It was through playing gigs with Marcus that I linked up with the brilliantly creative and skillful drummer, Julien Cantelm.

Julien encouraged me to accompany myself on guitar and booked us to play duo gigs around town. He also assisted me in assembling a band to perform my original music, Kilikili. We went on to record an album (“Agency” released in 2019) and were able to do a handful of shows around town. Kilikili hits an important space for me as an artist, and I’ve worked alongside some of the most talented jazz musicians in the scene to create a performance of creative music, monologue, spoken word, textural improvisation, and an offering to the vast landscape of lyrical and harmonic depth. I was also given a much stronger skillset in theatrical and movement art by my experience backup dancing in Baby Bushka, an 8 piece, all-female, Kate Bush cover band led by Natasha Kozaily (also owner of Kalabash).

All throughout these projects as a performing artist, I have worked to hone in skills and value sets as a teacher, diving into an extensive catalogue of technique and method books and working to improve my own skill set and philosophical relationship with music. Over the past few years, I have become very excited to share group workshops in sound art and voice in hopes of creating an environment for inclusivity and accessibility across all skill levels.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I would say it’s been a learning experience, so every bump has been something worth looking into and adjusting. Since I’m self-employed and have chosen to take more than one direction in the music industry, the path has been full of weighing each end for time and passion.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I teach private music and voice lessons, host workshops in sound and performance art, host a monthly jazz jam at the Quartyard in East Village called Nu Moods, and perform in the projects Kilikili, Kaivalya, Baby Bushka, and Lex and the Jewels.

I specialize in voice and composition. I am known for creative, improvisational vocals and music that incorporates jazz vocabulary, classical technique, and a wide spectrum of influence from time spent developing a diverse repertoire of Brazilian, groove, jazz, and experimental music.

I am most proud of the philosophical work I have done in my relationship with music and performance art. In my own practice, teaching, performing, rehearsing, composing, creating content, and experiencing music, have all redefined themselves time after time. Understanding the grand purpose and effect music and performance can have for those experiencing it (the listeners, performers, students and teachers alike) has guided me in becoming a sincere practitioner and allowed me to tap into the abundance of life and art.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love the diversity and inclusion. I love the beach and the mountains. I’m not a fan of the poor air quality…


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Katie Berns

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