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Spring 2017 [pz gazzetta xxx]
Pamela Z Arts' Quarterly Newsletter (view online)

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March 16, 2017: San Francisco, CA
Organic Logic: Artist Talk + Sound
David Ireland House, 500 Capp St. Foundation

April 15, 2017: San Rafael, CA
Wild Women: Pamela Z, Nina Wise, and Amy X Neuberg
Showcase Theater

April 17, 2017: San Francisco, CA
ROOM: Splinter Reeds
Royce Galler

May 5-7, 2017: San Francisco, CA
Pamela Z & Donald Swearingen's
Pascal's Triangle

Royce Gallery

June 3-4, 2017: San Francisco, CA
Richard Marriott & Made Subandi's Voyage
Southside Theater, Fort Mason Center

June 12, 2017: New York, NY
Pamela Z at The Knockdown Center
The Knockdown Center

July 1-2, 2017: San Francisco, CA
Live Score for The Garden Project:
Stephan Koplowitz and Axis Dance

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Rotary Phone from Attention
Still detail from Pamela Z's Correspondence

Radical Climate Shifts, New Work, Missed Blizzard

Gentle Gazzetta Readers,

I started off my year with two amazing and very different artist residencies. From January to early February, I spent five weeks in the tropical paradise that is the Robert Rauschenberg Residency Program. I went immediately from there to a month-long Creative Campus Fellowship in Middletown, CT, where the Wesleyan University campus was completely blanketed in a thick, crusty layer of snow.

Beautiful World

I was part of the 24th group of artists to be granted a Rauschenberg Residency. The program is located on the island of Captiva, Florida. You can walk from the beach on the Gulf of Mexico side to the bay side in about five minutes. In between, there are coconut palms, a verdant jungle, and the Rauschenberg foundation properties – including houses where the artists stay and a beautiful, spacious main studio building with high ceilings, white floor and walls, and art-making facilities galore. There is a grand piano, analog and digital printing, a sound studio, wood and metal shops, and all manner of painting and sculpting supplies.

The setting was so idyllic and isolated, it brought to mind the 1960s British television series “The Prisoner.” People even rode around town on cheerful little golf carts and one-speed bicycles. I took to jokingly referring to us as the “Captiva Captives,” and I half expected to see “Rover,” the giant white balloon, appear and envelope anyone who tried to escape.

Five days a week, the artists sit family-style around a table and share beautiful, locally-sourced meals prepared by the resident chef. There are still a few Rauschenberg paintings and sculptures on some walls and on the grounds, and there are shelves and cabinets filled with his books and supplies. The batch of artists comprising “RR 24” were as diverse as they were brilliant, so I was surrounded by warm companionship and wonderful sights and sounds – including the constant, ever-changing layers of Marcus Fischer’s tape loops. I was always inspired, although it was sometimes difficult to fully focus on making work, because my thoughts were all over the map. I had too many ideas for too many separate projects! But I did make a little headway getting started on two new works – Pascal’s Triangle (my upcoming collaboration with Donald Swearingen) and Correspondence (my commissioned work for Wesleyan), and I generated a graphic score for a work dedicated to Pauline Oliveros. We all endeavored to be very present in that place and to ignore the jarring news cycle for a spell, but it was difficult not to pick up on some of it. A few of the artists even rented a car at one point and went to Miami Airport to support the protest efforts there.

Jerkin’ Back and Forth

I found it incredibly heart wrenching to leave the island in the end, but I had already been contracted for the Wesleyan engagement before I was even offered the Rauschenberg Residency and, in fact, had to cut my Captiva time short by several days. So I reluctantly changed gears, took off for colder climes, and jumped in with both feet to start my work at Wesleyan.

The second residency couldn’t have been more different from the first. Snow, wind, and sub-freezing temperatures replaced sand, balminess, and fallen coconuts. Also gone was my unfocused flitting from project to project. The Wesleyan Creative Campus Fellowship came with a commission, and I was expected to create and present a brand new work by the end of my residency. This hard deadline had the effect of whipping me into shape. I quickly developed a strict routine of rising, having a small breakfast, and heading straight for my office/studio where I diligently composed music, edited text samples, generated scores, and edited video for hours on end each day. This schedule was peppered with fellowship lunches, class presentations, and rehearsals with the students and faculty members who were going to perform my work. I scored Correspondence for a 16-voice chorus, a chamber ensemble of bassoon, viola, and marimba, five typewriters, a tape collage, and my voice and electronics. I completed the composition, generated scores, and rehearsed the various players all within my 4-week residency, and we mounted the big, theatrical work-in-progress performance on my last day there.

In addition to making the new work, I also had an existing piece performed by “Toneburst,” the school’s laptop ensemble. Led by Paula Matthusen, the ensemble teamed up with several acoustic musicians to perform my Twenty Answers. Commissioned in 2008 by the Bay Area’s Empyrean Ensemble, the work was scored for an eight-piece chamber group and “Magic 8-balls”.Paula arranged it for laptop ensemble and wrote an app for the group to use in performance.

Toneburst Laptop Ensemble
Toneburst Laptop Ensemble rehearsing Twenty Answers

One of the typewriters used in Correspondence


I managed to fit in one rehearsal with them and perform with them on their concert. I also recruited members of the Laptop Ensemble to play typewriters in my piece.

It was amusing to see their perplexed expressions during the first rehearsal. Some of them looked at the typewriters as if to say “But where’s the display?” And, one of them did actually ask me “how do I get back to the left to start typing on the next line?”

I gleefully pointed out that it’s necessary to physically return the carriage, and that this was origin of the term “carriage return.” It was truly delightful.

Gut Feeling
At the end of my two residencies, I spent a few brief days in New York City, where I managed to catch two really nice shows – a stage adaptation of Babette’s Feast directed by Palina Jonsdottir at Connelly Theater and a marathonesque showcase of artists on the Innova Label (including Miya Masaoka, Mari Kimura, Neil Rolnick, and Cornelius Dufallo) at National Sawdust. I had reason to suspect that I should change my flight to an earlier date, so I narrowly escaped a raging blizzard by flying home the day before the nor’easter was predicted to hit.

Now I’m back in San Francisco, enjoying very agreeable weather, preparing for my performance/talk at the David Ireland House, and pausing a moment to write to you. I actually have many varied Bay Area engagements coming up in the next few months, and a lot of work to do preparing for those, so I’ll sign off here. But scroll or click down for details on my upcoming events.



RR24 on Jungle Road
RR24 Artists on Jungle Road.


PZ & Fish House
PZ in front of the Fish House.

Snowbike in Middletown
Bicycle on Wesleyan Campus

Chicago Art Institute Lion
The sign I put on my studio door.

Elise, Palina, Pamela
PZ with a Rauschenberg at Weeks House

Luke Dubois
RR24 at Sea

Marcus Fischer adjusting his tape loop.

Sile O'Modhrain & Pamela Z
Barak Adé Soleil performance/installation in Main Studio

Bassichis Signs along Jungle Road
Morgan Bassichis signs around a light fixture along Jungle Road

Tiffany with Carillon
The minimalist concrete brick construction of Wesleyan Art Studios

Luciano Chessa
Miya Masaoka's ensemble at
National Sawdust

Babette's set
The set of Babette's Feast, directed by Palina Jonsdottir








Photos: Pamela Z, Senga Fittz, Isaac Saunders, and Mark Poucher.


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upcoming event details:

Organic Logic: Talk + Sound
Terry Berlier, Bernie Lubell and Pamela Z

Thursday March 16, 2017, 7pm

Pamela Z & Annë Paiounèn

Join The David Ireland House/500 Capp Street Foundation for the final segment in a series of three talks in conjunction with our inaugural exhibition in The Garage, centered on the theme of “organic logic."

For this talk, the artists will be presenting and demonstrating their sound objects and instruments. Using a variety of materials, from cut wood, to custom electronic devices, to analog record players and their own bodies, the artists contest the performative and visceral aspects of sound and how it changes the way we view and perceive the world around us.

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampled sound, and video. Bernie Lubell makes interactive wood machines that visually construct the process of thought. Terry Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is often kinetic, interactive and/or sound based and addresses themes of the environment and queer practice.

Doors at 7 p.m.; enjoy the exhibitions before the presentations at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 students and seniors.
Limited capacity, advance tickets required. .

The David Ireland House
500 Capp Street Foundation

500 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA


Wild Women: Nina Wise, Pamela Z, Amy X Neuberg
Saturday April 15, 2017, 8pm

CNMAT Poster

An evening of solo performances by Nina Wise and two of the world’s most exciting vocalist/composers, both internationally renowned pioneers in live electronics, looping, layered extended vocals, and poetic narratives. at Showcase Theater at 8pm in San Rafael, CA USA.

Reserved Seat Tickets: $33.50 upper section, $42.50 lower section

Showcase Theater
Marin Civic Center
10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903



The ROOM Series Presents: SPLINTER REEDS
Monday April 17, 2017, 8pm

Splinter Reeds

Splinter Reeds, the Bay Area’s first reed quintet, gives a concert as part of The ROOM Series at The Royce Gallery in San Francisco, CA.

The quintet performs a world premiere work by Theresa Wong, alongside pieces by Eric Wubbels, Ken Ueno, and Tom Johnson, featuring narration by Pamela Z, in an evening of contemporary reed music.

The ROOM Series @ Royce Gallery
2901 Mariposa Street (between Harrison & Alabama), San Francisco



Pamela Z & Donald Swearingen in PASCAL'S TRIANGLE
Friday May 5 – Sunday May 7, 2017, 8pm

Pamela Z & Donald Swearingen

Pamela Z and Donald Swearingen will perform a 3-night run of Pascal’s Triangle at Royce Gallery in San Francisco, CA USA.

A new work of electroacoustic music and live interactive media inspired by the beauty, ubiquity, and indispensability of mathematics, Pascal’s Triangle uses sampled text and sounds, voice & electronics, spatialized multi-channel audio, and interactive video. The movements of this evening-length work will employ numbers, patterns, and structures derived from mathematical principles: vignettes that evoke the poetic elegance of numbers.

The ROOM Series @ Royce Gallery
2901 Mariposa Street (between Harrison & Alabama), San Francisco



Pamela Z performing in
Richard Marriott and Made Subandi's VOYAGE

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:30pm
and Sunday, June 4, 2017, 2:00pm

VOYAGE is a 70-minute ritual music drama, composed by Richard Marriott and Made Subandi, with Pamela Z, Carla Fabrizio and Sarah Willner, utilizing video and interactive electronics. Voyage follows the structure of a Balinese ritual called Calonarang, and is about crossing over the boundaries between nations, the crossroads between cultures, and the territory between life and death. Voyage

Southside Theater

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA



Pamela Z Solo Performance at the Knockdown Center
with a guest appearance by Christine Bonansea

Friday, May 12, 2017

Pamela Z & Donald Swearingen

Harvestworks presents Pamela Z in a solo concert of works for voice, electronics, and video with a special guest appearance by dancer Christine Bonansea in a duo for voice, electronics and movement as part of Creative Tech Week at The Knockdown Center at 8pm in Flushing, NY USA

The Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Ave, Flushing, NY


Original Pamela Z score for
Stephan Koplowitz and Axis Dance's GARDEN PROJECT

Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, 2017

Pamela Z & Donald Swearingen

In July 2017, Stephan Koplowitz will premiere a new site work for Axis Dance, with an original score by Pamela Z, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Yerba Buena Gardens
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA



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Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist whose solo works combine a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, video, and gesture activated MIDI controllers. Ms. Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She's created installation works and composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship a Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention and the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship. www.pamelaz.com

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