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«Bumblebee Flight II» – Chuchchepati Orchestra at Tsonami Festival [CL]

Chile — Events

Chuchchepati (pronounced djudjepati) means horizon in Nepali and is a district of Kathmandu. In the case of Chuchchepati Orchestra [CH], it refers to the origin of the 32 large loudspeakers that function as a polyphonic sound installation for this group of jazz musicians.

For the 15th edition of Tsonami Sound Art Festival [CL], which took place in December 2021, the orches-tra has proposed a new realization of «Bumblebee Flight II».

A piece about the world of insects, it was developed with the help of scientists from many countries. The work was performed in a botanical garden in Switzerland as an event open to the public, then recorded and broadcasted as part of the radio program Tsonami.

The concert installation is a series where field recordings of the complex communication of insects are interwoven with the instrumental sounds of the orchestra. The results are tonal patterns, structures and surfaces that complement and cross-fertilize each other.

The work was a collaboration between Tsonami Festival and Klang Moor Schopfe Festival [CH].


Chuchchepati Orchestra [CH] is a group of musicians that performs in changing line-ups; the permanent pool includes both local and international experimental and jazz musicians. The soundtrack is developed collectively during performances. The open concert space is transformed into a laboratory-like “chuchi” (the Swiss German term for Kitchen) in which the sounds, noises and tones simmer, bubble, boil up and cool down, and the interactions between orchestra, loudspeaker installation and audience become a horizon-expanding listening and viewing experience.

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