Pauchi Sasaki [b. Peru] is a composer, performer and improvisor that collaborates actively with projects linked to film, dance, theater, installation, site specific and interdisciplinary performances. She has performed internationally in Peru, USA, Japan, Spain, Chile, Colombia and Switzerland. Her music recreates intimate subjective landscapes through electro-acoustic sonorities mixed with field recordings and synthesis. Her compositions involve acoustic, amplified and electronic instrumentation performed through ensemble formats influenced by improvisational aesthetics and ethnic musical traditions.
She also develops real time interactive music and self designed instruments using Max Msp and circuit bending. This branch of her work seeks the embodiment of electronic music performance integrating the emission of electronic sounds with corporal expressivity.
An active film scorer, "Pauchi Sasaki's effective scores" [Variety 2015] are featured in more than 30 feature and short films. Pauchi is the recipient of two "Best Film Score" awards from Filmocorto, in the 15th International Latin American Film Festival of Lima (2011), and CONACINE, the National Film Council of Peru (2013). She also received the Paul Merritt Henry Prize for excellence in the musical composition of stringed instruments (2014) and a full scholarship to pursue the MFA Recording Media and Experimental Music program at Mills College in Oakland, California.
She studied with composers Maggi Payne, John Bischoff, Fred Frith, Chris Brown, James Fei, Les Stuck, Laetitia Sonami, Pauline Oliveros and peruvian César Bolaños. Her violin style is the result of the exposure to diverse cultures. She started classical violin at age of 5. She also studied Andean music at CEMDUC; Classical Music of North India with maestro Ali Akbar Khan in San Rafael, California; and Klezmer music with Alicia Svigals in NYC. She holds a BA degree in Journalism at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
Described by The Wire as an artist "unafraid of working within different disciplines and stylistic constraints" (2015), Pauchi's interdisciplinary approach integrates musical composition with the design of multimedia performances and the application of new technologies. Since 2006 she is devoted to the design of immersive multimedia performances and site specific projects, seeking the interaction between artwork, space and audience.
During 7 years she assembled and directed a collective of local artists with the aim to create experimental interventions in unusual venues from Lima city . This process derived in "Muru", an operatic multimedia performance which was premiered in 2012 at the opera house Teatro Municipal de Lima. Directed by Pauchi Sasaki and Colectivo OIE, this performance gathered an international cast and ran for two sold out seasons.
Currently she is working on the sound project GAMA, presented at the Tokyo Experimental Festival, The Mario Testino Museum [MATE], among other venues.
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AUG 3rd [performance] Innovation Week at Universidad Pacífico 8pm / Lima
AUG 14th [film scoring] Premier of feature length film "La Última Noticia" @ International Film Festival of Lima / Lima more
AUG 19-20 [lecture] Circuit bending at Universidad Científica del Peru / Iquitos, Perú
AUG 23rd [performance] Concert with Orquesta Sinfónica Universidad Científica del Peru/ Iquitos, Perú
AUG 27th [performance] Buh Concert with Pharmakon (NYC), Jardín, Pauchi Sasaki and Liquidarlo Celuloide @ 80mt2 art gallery / Barranco - Lima more
SEPT 3rd [performance] Innovation Fest at Parque del Encuentro / Lima
SEPT 15th [performance] Opening concert of the NY Peruvian Film Showcase @ Instituto Cervantes / NYC more
SEPT 16th [film scoring] Screening of feature length film "Perro Guardián" (Guard Dog) NY Peruvian Film Showcase @ Instituto Cervantes 7 pm/ NYC more
SEPT 17th [film scoring] Premier of feature length film "NN" in movie theaters / Lima
SEPT 22nd [lecture] MFA Computer Arts class. Interdisciplinary Practices in Art and Technology @ School of Visual Arts / NYC
OCT 4th [performance] "Overtone Series" curated by Jennifer Curtis. Electro-acoustic concert by Levy Lorenzo and Pauchi Sasaki / North Carolina
DEC 3rd [performance] @ Mandarin Oriental during Art Basel Miami Beach / Miami
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