Elysia Crampton Chuquimia & Embaci and Dasychira

Co-presented with ISSUE Project Room

Elysia Crampton Chuquimia presents a new video work created with her brother Joshua Chuquimia Crampton that is set to her song “Secret Ravine (Chakana En General).”  This song, which is featured on her latest album OCORARA 2010, follows intergenerational trauma and Indigenous fugitives of Christian violence. 

Seasons in a Quasar​ is a dynamic online video show by Embaci and Dasychira, inspired by the exploration of the galaxies within us. Embaci and Dasychira collaborate with an ensemble of musicians, performance artists, and participants who together shape the musical trajectory of the performance.


ABOUT

Elysia Crampton Chuquimia’s​ eclectic and unrestrained electronic music is the flashpoint of a myriad influences opening upon the complexity and multifacetedness of Aymara becoming. Underscored by radical and queer politics, Crampton’s experimental work gives sonorous form to contemporary expressions of Aymara resistance and survival: a project of ‘becoming-with’, in the shades given this term by Donna Haraway via prison abolitionist Che Gossett.

Embaci ​is a singer, producer and composer from New York, former member of creative collective NON alongside artists such as Chino Amobi, Nkisi and Angel-Ho. Recognized for her celestial voice and lyricism, the release of her 2016 ​NON VS NAAFI​ mixtape initiated her to an abundance of new audiences. Her background in music consists of training as a Contralto opera singer and Jazz musician. Her work extends into fluid genres and collaborative processes. She was recently featured on Dasychira’s debut album ​xDream.​

Dasychira ​(pronounced /ˈdah.see.kira/) is a South African artist by way of New York City. Currently based in Amsterdam, they actively engage with the cobweb of magical realism around them composing music and running the label end of fae-minded collective unseelie. Their first two EPs, ​Immolated​ and ​Haptics​ were released on Blueberry Records in 2017 and 2018 respectively. After the release of ​Immolated​ they embarked on a nationwide tour of the US. In the summer of 2018, Dasychira toured Europe and Canada after the release of ​Haptics​. In 2019, they released a collaborative EP with Changchun-based artist Yikii called ​Bubble Wrap Armor o​ n unseelie. They completed a full Asia tour in support of their debut LP ​xDream,​ which they followed with a live performance premiering the album with Yikii on October 31st in Los Angeles. They finished 2019 with a festival appearance at Les Urbaines in Switzerland and a packed show in London. In 2020, with most plans and performances postponed, they shifted their focus to audio-visual projects. They spent spring in Los Angeles filming music videos before moving to the Netherlands where they are now finishing their ​Hollywood Forever Mixtape set for a 2021 release.

Founded in 2003, ISSUE Project Room is a pioneering nonprofit performance center, presenting projects by interdisciplinary artists that expand the boundaries of artistic practice and stimulate critical dialogue in the broader community. ISSUE serves as a leading cultural incubator, facilitating the commission and premiere of innovative new works.


FUNDING

ISSUE Project Room’s 2021 season is supported, in part, by a grant from The Howard Gilman Foundation for 2021 online artist commissions​. ISSUE gratefully acknowledges additional 2021 Winter/Spring Season support from TD Charitable Foundation and Metabolic Studio ​(a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation).

The 2020-2021 Season at Abrons Arts Center is supported, in part, by generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the Jerome Robbin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders. These programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image courtesy of Elysia Crampton Chuquimia