Described by The Wire as an artist "unafraid of working within different disciplines and stylistic constraints" (2015), Pauchi Sasaki's interdisciplinary approach integrates musical composition with the design of multimedia performances and the application of new technologies. A composer, performer and improviser that collaborates actively with projects linked to film, dance, theater, installation, site specific and interdisciplinary performances; Pauchi has performed internationally in Latin America, Europe, USA and Japan.
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. Her work also focuses on the development of 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 three "Best Original Score" awards from the 30th edizione del Festival de Cinema Latino Americano di Trieste (Italy); 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), the Ibermúsicas Latin American grant for sound composition with new technologies at CMMAS, México (2015), The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative selected by American composer Philip Glass (2016), and the Goethe-Institut’s artist residency in Brazil (2017).
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 premiered in 2012 at the opera house Teatro Municipal de Lima.
Current projects include GAMA, presented at the Tokyo Experimental Festival, The Mario Testino Museum [MATE], New York Cervantes Institute, the Art Basel Miami week, Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart, The Kitchen, Gran Teatro Nacional del Peru, Carnegie Hall, among other venues.
Pauchi studied with composers César Bolaños, Maggi Payne, John Bischoff, Fred Frith, Chris Brown, James Fei, Les Stuck, Laetitia Sonami and Pauline Oliveros. Her violin style is the result of the exposure to diverse cultures. Her classical violin studies began at age of 5, she 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 PUCP in Lima, and an MFA degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College in Oakland, California.
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JUN 1 [premier] Migration commissioned by Aizuri Quartet, MET Museum @ 7pm / NYC more
MAY 26 [sound installation] Opening at Venice Biennial Architecture - Peruvian Pavilion / Venice
MAY 10-17 [residency] Theatertreffen Goethe Institut + IDK / Berlin
APR 26 [lecture] INDECOPI, The National Institute for the Defense of Free Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property / Lima
APR 17 [performance] GAMA XV: Piece for Two Speaker Dresses + Claire Chase at Walt Disney Hall, Green Umbrella / Los Angeles more
MAR 11 [performance] GAMA at National Sawdust, Spring Revolution Festival / NYC more
FEB 4 [performance] GAMA / OMAGUA at Deutsches Theater, Rolex Arts Weekend / Berlin more
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DEC 8 [performance] GAMA XVI for Orchestra and Electronics. World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall & ACO @ Carnegie Hall - Zankel Hall / NYC more
DEC 2 [performance] GAMA XV: Piece for Two Speaker Dresses at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive @ Claire Chase's Density 2036 project / CA more
NOV 25 [performance] Novíssima Arte Sonora Latinoamericana with Suyá Nascimento, Jean Souza y (Se?Se:não!) more
NOV 20 - 25 [sound installation] "Ouça-me" in AGORA project from Angela Bonadies, Marina Fokidis and Pauchi Sasaki more
NOV 9 [conference] Film & Music at Panorama Coisa de Cinema Film Festival / Bahia, Brazil more
NOV 8 [performance] Opening night concert at Panorama Coisa de Cinema Film Festival / Bahia, Brazil more
OCT - NOV [artist residency] @ Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia / Brazil more
OCT 1 Days and Nights Festival 2017. New Sounds @ Philip Glass Center in Carmel / CA more
SEPT 28 [film scoring] Premier in theaters of full-length film "Pacificum" directed by Mariana Tschudi / Lima more