A collaboration between composer Edgar Barroso, poet Juan de Dios Vázquez, filmmaker Aryo Danusiri, and designer Yen-Ting Cho, Kapsis will be a 7 to 10 minute piece for flute, electro-acoustic music, and video art, which will be part of their Nahua operetta Zazanilli(which in Nahuatl means both “story” and “enigma”.) It will portray the mesmerizing Nahua myth of a young girl who becomes a starfish. The goal is to represent the unrepresented, to provide though structured musical figuration an understanding of invisible forces and principles that regulated not only the myths, riddles and proverbs of ancient Aztecs but also the pulse of contemporary indigenous politics.
Edgar Barroso is a PhD Candidate in Music Composition at Harvard University. An interdisciplinary approach has become the core of his work. His education includes a Master in Digital Arts, a Postgraduate Diploma in Composition and Contemporary Technologies and a Bachelor in Music Composition. During 2006-2008 he received the Francis Boott Prize in Music Composition (USA), 1st Prize at the Jurgenson International Composition Competition for young composers (Russia), Best Audio Award from International Black&White Multimedia Festival (Portugal), won Grand Prize of the Harvard University Live Electronics International Composition Competition (USA), 3rd Prize at the Ensemblia 2007 International Composition Competition (Germany), and he has also been awarded by the State Institute of Culture (Mexico) with the “Artistic Trajectory in Music Composition Grant”. He is currently holding a CONACYT – Fundación México en Harvard Fellowship.