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Erik Sanko

New York, NY      

Erik Sanko is best known as a fixture of the NYC downtown music scene, having recorded and toured with John Cale, Yoko Ono, Gavin Friday, Jim Carroll, James Chance and the Contortions among others as well as being a 16-year veteran of The Lounge Lizards and his own band, Skeleton Key. In 2006, his first complete puppet play, The Fortune Teller, debuted at HERE Arts Center in New York City. The Kronos Quartet commissioned Erik to create “Dear Mme.,” an original music composition and marionette play for the 25th Anniversary of the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (B.A.M.). Erik composed and performed music for Ulrike Quade’s The Wall and in 2007 Erik formed Phantom Limb with Jessica Grindstaff, under which all of their subsequent projects have been created. With Phantom Limb he scored and designed marionettes for Ping Chong’s “The Devil You Know” and designed marionettes for the Lemony Snicket production “The Composer is Dead” at The Berkeley Repertory Theater in Dec. 2010. In 2011 Erik and Jessica created “69˚ S.” in collaboration with the Kronos Quartet which premiered at B.A.M. which featured Erik’s original score for Kronos and Skeleton Key. For 2013-14 Erik designed puppets for an adaptation of “Peer Gynt” at the Republique Theater in Copenhagen. He holds a B.F.A. from Cooper Union and has been a closet puppet maker since childhood.

Stop Motion Test, Punch

This is a short stop motion experiment done with Sierra Urich using a marionette of Punch with some Skeleton Key music.

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Dear Mme.,

This is a brief excerpt from our piece “Dear Mme.,” at The Brooklyn Academy of Music with the Kronos Quartet.

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69 Degrees South Pieces

Here are four of the major themes from 69 degrees South performed by the Kronos Quartet.

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