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Pauchi Sasaki: Work in Progress

Americas Society

May 9, 2019


Pauchi Sasaki (Image: Musuk Nolte 2017).

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Peruvian artist Pauchi Sasaki will discuss a recent work in progress, k'uku, a site-specific commission for string quartet, percussion, live electronics and video (by Nomi Sasaki). The evening will involve a talkback with Pauchi herself and some elements of live performance.
For k’uku (‘Unripe Fruit’ in Quechua), an outdoor location will metaphorically transform into a miniature Andes, re-signified and re-elaborated by Nomi’s video work. The evening will begin with a “listening party” of new Latin American music curated by Pauchi, giving the audience the opportunity to enjoy recordings of original and evocative music from the region. After dusk, the musicians (string quartet, percussionist, and Pauchi on live electronics) will perform the new piece.
Pauchi Sasaki was a mentee of Philip Glass as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and had her Carnegie Hall debut in 2017.

About the artists:

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.

Peruvian visual artist Nomi Sasaki is devoted to Chinese black ink tradition and animation. She pursued studies at the Purple Cloud Calligraphy Association in Tokyo and holds a bachelor degree in Communication Sciences from Lima University. Her video work explores scale and dimension, the material nature of water, the behavior of light and how these elements can create new landscapes and atmospheres for multidisciplinary performances. Her videos are developed through handmade techniques.