Highly accomplished violinist, composer and multimedia performance artist, Pauchi Sasaki is acclaimed for her all-encompassing “magical vision”. A Peruvian of Japanese descent, Sasaki was influenced by her multicultural upbringing and artist mother. She first picked up a violin at age five and, in 2005, having studied and worked in journalism, turned full-time to music. In 2014, she received an MFA from the Mills College (California) Electronic Music and Recording Media programme where her exceptional musical talent and composing skills already marked her for stardom among her professors. Sasaki has explored a wide range of musical styles ─ from Andean to north Indian ─ and has worked across disciplines, composing music for film, video, dance, theatre, installations and site-specific projects while applying new technologies. She has performed in South America, Europe, Japan and throughout the US. Of note are her two solo albums; her “speaker dress”, a wearable sound sculpture created from 96 speakers; and the music she has composed for over 30 films, three garnering Best Original Score awards. Sasaki feels an affinity with mentor Philip Glass and the range of explorations he has pursued throughout his career. She looks forward to expanding her musical horizons by creating an orchestral and electro-acoustic opera under his guidance.
July 2016 Legendary stage and opera director Peter Sellars was so impressed with Egyptian singer Dina El Wedidi’s voice that he asked her to sing at a music festival in California.
March 2016 Ben Frost composes for films, dance and even the odd car company. But nothing excites him more than composing for music’s sake.