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High gear: Alchemie writing more music, planning more shows in NM

There’s a big change coming for Albuquerque-based Alchemie.

The rock duo – made up of Robert Danielson and Nancy Haubrich – is writing more music and will begin to play more gigs around the city.

“We’re just trying to play places that are known for original music,” Danielson says. “If it’s a destination for music, the audience is used to that. It’s difficult to perform in a venue that’s not ready for music.”

Danielson and Haubrich have made Albuquerque home for the past couple years.

Before moving to Albuquerque, Haubrich toured and played in the Midwest and San Francisco Bay Area.

Her song “Grandpa’s Tree” is the title track for a DVD for the city of Lancaster, Minn.

She wrote, produced and recorded the “Cold Rain” CD and performed with Deborah I’yall of Romeo Void at the Great American Music Hall and other San Francisco venues.

While living in San Francisco, Danielson toured the United States and played extended engagements in England and Japan.

“This is what we do full time,” he says. “We’re creating music that we’re enjoying to play.”

The duo has already had plenty of success in New Mexico. The band’s most recent release is “dark.”

And in 2017, the band was nominated for three New Mexico Music Awards.

One was for the song “Highway 1.” The other two were for “Blues II” and “It Was a Very Good Year.”

“The last song was a rearrangement of the Frank Sinatra song,” Danielson says. “I did it as a tango, and that was my way of making it my own. We’re slowly getting people to recognize our music. It comes with a lot of hard work. We’ve really been embraced by the local community. Creating original music is what we enjoy doing.”

When it comes to composing, each song has its own journey.

Danielson says it’s a combined effort.

“What you have in our band is two musicians trying to keep the listener intrigued,” he says. “We’re trying to make music that remains interesting.”