Bringing together three diverse artists, Pura Fé, Layla Locklear, and Charly Lowry, Ulali has claimed a unique space in contemporary American music since 1987. Often described as a First Nations musical group, Ulali’s work also bears strong elements of blue-grass, jazz, soul, and folk. Demonstrating its versatility, the group has worked with Robbie Robertson, the Indigo Girls, John Trudell, and Buffy Sainte Marie in addition to providing vocals for the soundtrack to the television documentary The Native Americans (1994), tracks to the movie Smoke Signals (1998), and most recently tracks to the documentary Rumble:The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017).
Ulali’s live shows include appearances at the revived Woodstock Music Festival (1994), the Atlanta Summer Olympic Games (1996), New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (1998), Carnegie Hall (1997), The Kennedy Center, The Lincoln Center NYC, Madison Square Garden, and The Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games (2002). In between, Ulali has made numerous international appearances and has crossed North America doing shows at Native American cultural centers, commercial theaters, college campuses, and festivals worldwide.
“”Ulali” means “songbird,” and the name could not be more appropriate for this trio of singers. The vocals are wonderfully clear and liquid, with crisp enunciation and tight, flawless harmonies. ”
“There’s something about the vocabulary, and about not worrying about English lyrics, that seems to open up both voice and breathing in much the same way as playing a flute – it’s downright euphoric. ”