Sajjra Xhrs Galarreta
Sajjra Xhrs Galarreta Pando — Peruvian artist with an extensive experience in multimedia art, song-writing and electroacoustic music composition. Since 1998, he has performed and presented his work in Latin America, Europe and Asia with different projects and bands as DiosMeHaViolado, Evamuss, Sajjra, Chrs Galarreta and currently as Sajjra Xhrs Galarreta.
His work has been published by the labels Tsonami Arte Sonoro, Sub Rosa, Aloardi, Buh Records and Schematic among others. Founding member of Aloardi collective (Lima, 1998-present) which one he collaborates with different social and artistic self-managed communities in Peru and abroad. As an independent label and artist-in-residency, Aloardi is a platform for diffusion, production and research in sound, music, DIY technology and mixed media. In 2016 and 2017, Xhrs curated -together with Janneke van der Putten- ‘Aloardi Festival: Peruvian New Music and Arts’ (WORM, Rotterdam) and the ‘Aloardi Exchange Programme’, inviting Peruvian artists to present their work within the Schengen Area. He received among others subventions: a grant from the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes – FONCA (Mexico City, 2008) with the sound installation ‘Amarus’, a commission by Documenta 14 (Athens – Kassel, 2017) to compose the radio piece ‘Raw Field Recordings II: Electromagnetic Detritus’, and a commission by Foundation Idraola (The Netherlands, 2019 – 2021) with the support of Prins Bernhard Fund and Akademie Schloss Solitude to realize his composition ‘Larynx Lux’ – made for the ‘Voice-Skin’ (electronic textile, voice and space). He is currently living in Rotterdam and periodically directing an artist-in-residency program and a series of sound-walks in Anatolia (Turkey).