Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description With a generous donation from a private collector, I was able to fly José Luis and his family to New York City from Ambato, Ecuador, to record a session at BAM. José Luis and his wife Tania run the curatorial group Central Dogma that hosts performance and music festivals throughout Ecuador. I was a guest of Central Dogma’s back in 2018 where I performed in an abandoned cock fight arena, and in front of a colonial church on Palm Sunday in the tiny Andean town of Pujili. Much of José Luis’s work concerns the pre-colonial history of South America. He is part shaman and part post punk time traveler. With the motto la vida es vapor (life is vapor) he celebrates a fictional character called a khipunk. A khipunk is a time traveler/astronaut who exists outside of Western culture and tradition. For his BAM performance José Luis performed an experimental soundtrack using collected samples and live sound effects. Inspired by John Cage, José Luis performed with a score composed of actions performed with a replica of an indigenous counting computer which he wore around his neck. According to José Luis, the Andes produced this computer before the abacus. This was the final performance at BAM due to the Coronavirus outbreak. There was something apocalyptic about José Luis playing the conch. It is as if he is heralding the upcoming crisis.