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Yama Yuki – Panelaço

"São Paulo, the city where I live, entered quarantine in March 2020. Around that time, demonstrations started to break out nationwide against a leader who was accused of having total disregard for human life as he downplayed the severity of the pandemic and failed to take prompt measures to slow the spread of Covid-19. These demonstrations, whose forms might seem unusual to those not familiar with South American culture, are called “panelaço” in Portuguese. Panelaço is a kind of ‘political performance’ where people spontaneously start banging pots and pans and shouting together slogans in the streets. However, this time, due to Covid restrictions, panelaço was performed from balconies and windows.

Over this period of strict quarantine rules, people could not go outside and have a normal social life. Therefore, the loud banging was also a way for people to express their feelings, political views, and share a common space through sound. In a way, panelaço can be considered as a social act which gives shape to a new type of collectiveness, in a creative manner.

In the context of Latin American countries such as Argentina and Chile (where panelaço is called, in Spanish, “cacerolazo”), and Brazil, such practice of banging pans as a form of protest has become quite common nowadays. It is an extremely simple act in which anyone can participate; it is indeed a DIY kind of demonstration. In addition, since pots and pans obviously relate to food, such acts can also be interpreted as a strive for survival in times of crisis. Yet, in this era of social distancing and community containment, this practice has come to hold a new meaning for people: a way of coping with a new reality and connect with others through sound. In panelaço, sound reveals itself in its sociality as it operates as a medium for political discourse, going beyond the physical and aesthetic level. This is why it inspired me on a fundamental level.

While listening to the multitude of spontaneous banging and shouting coming from outside the window, I decided to participate in their angry and euphoric demand for change in my own way, through an improvisation with my modular synthesizer. Then, original sounds of Brazilian panelaço were collected from the Internet and added to create a polyphonic composition in which each sound fragment would respond and communicate with each other in an improvised fashion. This is how and why these three tracks “Movimento 1”, “Movimento 2”, “Movimento 3” came about."

- Yama Yuki


Sampled, performed ,recorded, and edited by Yama Yuki


Mastered at Casa Metaesquema 

Artwork design by Oliver Barrett


1.Movimento 1 [15:44]

2.Movimento 2 [8:14]

3.Movimento 3 [10:33]

Yama Yuki

Yama Yuki is a São Paulo-based composer and sound artist.

He considers his sound production as the result of an improvised dialogue between his own perception, the sound of surrounding objects, musical instruments, and the environment. In this way, instead of trying to achieve a pre-determined composition, he attempts to create a situation and condition for music composition to come about naturally and develop in unpredictable ways .