PAUCHI SASAKI


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 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. 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), and the Ibermúsicas Latin American grant for sound composition with new technologies at CMMAS, México (2015).
     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.
      

Current projects include GAMA,  presented at the Tokyo Experimental Festival, The Mario Testino Museum [MATE],  New York Cervantes Institute, the Art Basel Miami week, 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 Recording Media and Experimental Music at Mills College in Oakland, California.


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JAN 29th [performance] Paisaje Sonoro en Muelle Barón. Festival de las Artes de Valparaíso / Chile more
JAN 30th [performance] Performance GAMA en Teatro Condell junto a Nomi Sasaki. Festival de las Artes de Valparaíso / Chile more
FEB 5th [performance] DE-GENERADO 2do Festival de Improvisación Libre de Lima / Improv with Brandon Seabrook, Manongo Mujica and Pauchi Sasaki / Lima more
FEB 17th [performance] Opening performance of sound art exhibition "Haciendo la Audición" @ Museo de Arte Contemporáneo / Lima
FEB 17th to APR 10th [exhibition] The Speaker Dress @ Peruvian's sound art history exhibition "Haciendo la Audición" curated by Luis Alvarado @ Museo de Arte Contemporáneo / Lima more
MAR 28th to MAY 13th [artist residency] Development of algorithmic computer music composition @ CMMAS as part of Latin American Grant Ibermúsicas / México more
APR 21st [film scoring] Premier of feature length film "La Última Noticia" directed by Alejandro Legaspi in movie theaters / Lima
APR 21st to 24th [film scoring] Audiovisual installation of experimental shortfilm directed by Silvana Pestana "El Primer Hombre No Fue Hombre, Fue Mujer" @ Art Lima art fair / Lima more
JUL 29th [concert] Premier of MAYU at 50th Mostly Mozart Festival @ Lincoln Center. Micro concert performed @ Hearst Plaza by soloist Jennifer Curtis and ICE / NYC more

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        "If one artist is continuing the legacy of Peru's avant garde pioneers, it's Pauchi Sasaki."

The Wire 2015.
 

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