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), 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, 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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DEC 8 [performance] GAMA XVI for Orchestra and Electronics. World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall & ACO @ Carnegie Hall - Zankel Hall / NYC more
OCT - NOV [artist residency] @ Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia / Brasil more
OCT 1 Days and Nights Festival 2017. New Sounds @ Philip Glass Center in Big sur + Jennifer Curtis & Claire Chase / CA more
SEPT 28 [film scoring] Premier in theaters of full-length film "Pacificum" directed by Mariana Tschudi / Lima
SEPT 7 [film scoring] Exhibition of short film "Erosión" directed by Katherinne Fiedler @ CIFO / Miami
AUG 10 [performance] GAMA @ Gran Teatro Nacional / Lima more
JUN 9 [performance] GAMA XV: Piece for Two Speaker Dresses. Written for Claire Chase. Ojai Festival / CA
MAR 2 [performance] Improv + Claire Chase @ David Nolan Gallery in Chelsea / NYC
FEB 4 [performance] Sketches for Auguste work in progress by Jennifer Curtis / NC
FEB 1 to 4 [artist residency] @ Cuture Mill / NC
JAN 18 [performance] Improv + Juan Pablo Aragón @ Ruidismos: 8 propuestas sonoras radicales @ Proyecto AMIL / Lima
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DEC 17 [performance] Improv + IMA @ The Stone / NYC
DEC 1 & 2 [performance] Density 2036: part iv @ The Kitchen. Premier of GAMA XV: Piece for Two Speaker Dresses. Written for Claire Chase, commissioned by Pnea Foundation / NYC