Alejandra Cárdenas (aka Ale Hop) is a Berlin-based artist, researcher, and experimental instrumentalist from Peru. She began her career in the 2000s when she joined Lima's underground music scene, playing with numerous bands whose style varied from punk to garage and pop music. In 2012, she embarked on a solo project revolving around experimental electronic music, with a first performance at the Boiler Room during her residency at the Red Bull Music Academy in New York. Since then, she has pursued various solo and collaborative projects, namely the album Agua Duce, in 2023, with the bassist and percussionist Laura Robles.
With a complex repertoire of extended techniques for electric guitar and real-time sampling devices which she uses as her sound vocabulary, Ale Hop creates performances of deep physical and emotional intensity. Her meticulous approach to the objects she studies as part of her artistic practice reflect her background as an academic and researcher: background that continues to inform her sonic explorations. Her work ranges from performances, albums, audiovisual installations, research on sound and technology, as well as musical compositions for both film and dance productions.
Interweaving noise, ambient, pop and avant-garde music with electric guitar that she modulates through synthesizers, Ale Hop delivers powerful and cathartic performances of astonishing physical intensity. She creates immersive and stunning atmospheres, saturated by layers of distortion. By avoiding overbearing postures or gestures while playing her guitar, Ale Hop adopts a position of vulnerability in front of her audience to encourage visceral experiences and emotions.
Ale Hop (Alejandra Cárdenas Pacheco) is an artist, researcher and experimental musician based in Berlin. She is also the co-founder of the Radical Sounds Latin America festival.
Buh Records, Karl Records
Agua dulce (Buh Records, 2023) w/ Laura Robles
Why Is It They Say A City Like Any City? (Karl Records, 2022)
The Life of Insects (Buh Records, 2020)
Apophenia (Buh Records, 2019)
In 2020, Ale Hop founded the digital editorial platform Contingent Sounds, which aims to foster critical thinking on sound and listening practices from heterogeneous and decolonial perspectives.