ULTRA-K is a trilingual Mexican-Canadian singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, performing and visual artist. Over her career, she has developed an eclectic musical style that draws on a range of influences and genres spanning electronic, pop, experimental, classical, trip hop, and avant-garde music.
Born and raised in Mexico City, she began her music career at the age of 15 years old opening for Garbage in Mexico City, with rock band Marilyn Suicida 1996 Metropolitan Theatre CDMX.
In 2000, she moved to Montreal, Canada, where she remained as an artist despite being new immigrant and a single mother. Her work was the outlet for immigration issues and abuse turning her performance and music machines. Ranging from electronic percussion, electronic toys and eclectic experimentation her style allowed collaborating with a range of artists and exploring a variety of multimedia projects
This is how her stage name ULTRA K was born in the era where Y2K was still a threat, and she was pushing the boundaries of performance.
Her elasticity on vocal styles can stretch from World beats, jazz, electronic, dub, tribal, to crazy psybient and even opera.
In 2011, she started collaborating in the underground electronic music scene in Montreal, where her versatility helped her become a masterful voice sampler for herself, live mixing and opened doors to start to sing and work with producers like Jan Pienkowski and Louis Lefebvre.
After her performance in the interactive theatre piece ALL WE HAVE IS NOW, produced by Jason Rodi (Moment Factory)in which she shares the scene with musicians like Fabienne Lucette and comedian Dominique Hamel, have made an impro paradise to push her style to keep on transmuting into her light and sound live cinematics LUXONIKA interactive show.
2018 The album EP Tree of sound
Ultra K collaboration with German artist Jan Deutschbein
A dark forest atmosphere that glows in a 5 song story of a magical encounter in a parallel universe made of sound and light.
Using technological innovation and multisensory approaches to sound, light and vocals, ancient traditions and ritual passages into the era of technology.
2015 ULTRA Kult to Dub – first album International release by Svaha Sound Records
Composed music and lyrics in collaboration with DJs from Ultra K first release made into appearance in the International Dub music playlists. Her work reached in couple of days 2K plays in France, Transylvania, Germany, Mexico, and Peru.
2015 KultO K – Visual /Digital Artist
She made a collection of hundreds of digital animations inspired on the painter Frida Kahlo’s surrealistic portrait expressions, and the psycho magic perspectives of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s teachings.
Karina blends her multidimensional psychedelic creations to use as visuals for her performances.
2016 “Hater & Lovers” – Tanuki Project- the single EP Happening
2016 “Pet goat III” – (to be released)
Singer for voice dubbing for animation short film written, directed, produced and edited by Louis Lefebvre. The film features a commentary on American society and politics, particularly covering presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, with allusions to Osama bin Laden the War on Terror and Biblical theology and Egyptian imagery in a post-apocalyptic setting.
2018 ALL WE HAVE IS NOW, Interactive theatre piece
Karina different music styles made of this the bomb to expansion to a world of improvisation and communion between drums, vocal textures of theatrical opera and interactive theater experience directed byJason Rodi, founder of Moment Factory.
2017- to present Cosmovision records, Record Label
Founded by DJ El Extravagante (Chile) and Don Mescal (France) in 2018, Cosmovision records was established to make folklore and acoustic roots accessible to new audiences from a contemporary electronic angle: folktronica.
Ultra K and Cosmovison collaboration started a journey of experimentation and play to perform together at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. As result of this collaboration she was invited to perform at the Conseil des arts de Montréal for the festival Inter@meriques.