Art Spark Texas was pleased to provide the audio description, in both English and Spanish, for k’uKu (‘Unripe Fruit’ in Quechua) an amazing composition for string quintet, percussion, voice, electronics, and video, with music by composer Pauchi Sasaki and video by artist Juan Carlos Yanaura. The piece was commissioned by the Americas Society, which had its world premiere July 23, 2020.
k’uKu World Premiere and Conversation with Audio Description. There is an introduction by the artists, with the video starting at 8:30:
Music of the Americas presents the online world premiere of “k’uKu”, a composition for string quintet, percussion, voice, electronics, and video, with music by Pauchi Sasaki and video by Juan Carlos Yanaura, commissioned by Americas Society. Shot during the COVID confinement in cities across the US and in Lima, the source video material is 3D scans made by the musicians with their phones in their homes and studios. These images become figures and environments that are in constant dialogue.
Commissioned by Americas Society, “k’uKu” (‘Unripe Fruit’ in Quechua) was originally conceived as a site-specific multimedia performance to take place in New York’s Central Park, and became a site-specific place for the virtual space created by Sasaki and Yanaura.
The online event includes a conversation between the artists and Music Director Sebastián Zubieta, and also feature Sasaki’s earlier work “Borealis”, giving the audience a broader context to appreciate their collaboration. Performers will include members of the orchestral collective The Knights alongside percussionist Haruka Fujii and Sasaki herself on voice.
Support for this world premiere also comes from The National Endowment for the Arts. Audio description in English and Spanish provided by Art Spark Texas.
Pauchi Sasaki: composer, voice, electronics
Juan Carlos Yanura: video artist
Haruka Fujii: percussion
Emily Daggett Smith: violin*
Nanae Iwata: violin*
Kyle Armbrust: viola*
Jane Cords-O’Hara: cello*
Logan Coale: bass*
*Musicians from The Knights
Copyright © 2020 ASCOA / P. Sasaki / All Rights Reserved
k’uKu World Premiere and Conversation with Audio Description
Después de varias semanas de un intenso proceso creativo junto a Juan Carlos Yanaura, lanzamos con mucho cariño este arriesgado video (grabado casi todo con celulares!) en el que participaron músicos de Ithaca, NYC, Berkeley y Lima. No se lo pierdan este jueves 23 de julio a las 7pm el Live webcast en Music of the Americas.
Descripción de audio en español proporcionada por Art Spark Texas.
Compositora: Pauchi Sasaki
Video artista: Juan Carlos Yanaura
Voces & Electrónica: Pauchi Sasaki
Violín 1: Emily Smith*
Violín 2: Nanae Iwata*
Viola: Kyle Armbrust*
Chelo: Jane Cords*
Contrabajo: Logan Coale*
Percusión: Haruka Fujii
Mezcla: Carlos Cuya
Copista: Gabriel Vizcarra
*Miembros de The Knights
Comisionado por Americas Society/Council of the Americas, con el apoyo de National Endowment for the Arts.
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