Efraín Rozas is a Brooklyn based Peruvian performer/composer and robotics/software developer interested in new paradigms of cognitive technologies and mythologies.
His robotic installation “Prosthesis and Myth” will be resident at The Kitchen (NYC, 2020), received the NY State Council on the Arts/ Wavefarm Media Arts Assistance Fund 2018, Jerome Foundation and Harvestworks New Works Commission & Residency (New York), and a commission from Knockdown Center (New York). It was described as“A heady confluence of technology, culture, and cognition” by The New Yorker (click here). He has presented it at the Crazy Music Festival (Luxembourg), Yaam (Berlin), and Worm (Rotterdam). Listen here.
In 2018 he released “I Enjoy the World”described as “A psychonautic deep dive” by Wire Magazine, “Engrossing and creatively brilliant on every count” by The Hum, “A lysergic, high level sonic engineering piece” by Zona de Obras (Spain), and “A superb example of electronic experimentation” by Indie Guides. Listen here.
His work has been featured at CNN, BBC, Washington post, Wire magazine, Daily News, and NPR Soundcheck. He has performed at the Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Levitation Festival, and played with his experimental Latin American ensemble “La Mecánica Popular” (Listen here) at Central Park Summerstage Fania Records 50th anniversary in New York. Roza Cruz of La Menánica was praised as one of the best Latin American Albums of the Decade by Zona Sucia and Estereofonía.
As a researcher he has focused on the experimentalisms of the global south. He holds a PhD in composition and ethnomusicology at New York University. He has published the book/ documentary “Fusión: a soundtrack for Peru”, and has released several LPS internationally via Names You can Trust, the Ethnomusicology Institute of Peru and the Embassy of Spain. He teaches at New York University and produces “La Vuelta al día en 80 mundos” since 2008, nominated to the best “World Sounds” radio show by Mixcloud. Listen here.
He is founder and director of Tangible: Latin American Sound Research lab. Click here