(all the gnus)
September 19, 2009 San Francisco, CA
September 23-24, 2009 San Jose, CA
October 2009 Chico, CA
October 21, 2009 Troy, NY
October 24, 2009 Clinton, NY
October 27, 2009 New York, NY
So, quickly: I’ve had an eventful summer culminating in an extended journey (Colorado, New York, Venice Italy, Linz Austria, Paris France, New York) that dropped me back in San Francisco just in time for the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival! (SFEMF celebrates it's 10 year anniversary this year... scroll down to the details section for more on that.)
After visiting family and meeting old friends in Colorado (how about that Facebook? I reunited with a violinist friend Nicolo Casewit, who I hadn’t seen in 25 years!) I headed for New York where I performed with sound and multichannel video in a shared evening with Todd Reynolds & Luke Dubois in "Billyburg". Then I worked with Elise Kermani the next night on a reading of her new Poe piece.
In Venice, I spent most of my time trying to see every pavilion of la Biennale and managed even to make my customary pilgrimage to the Peggy Guggenheim Palazzo where I left a wish on the Yoko Ono wish tree. In Linz, I attended Ars Electronica, met with my colleagues Rupert Huber and Sabine Breitsameter from this year's Digital Musics jury, and enjoyed seeing Bill Fontana receive his Golden Nica. I delivered my radio piece to KunstRadio (which I was editing up to the last minute in my hotel rooms throughout the trip). My piece, which uses some of my work-in-progress Baggage Allowance material, aired in Vienna on Sept 6th, but can still be heard at http://www.kunstradio.at. The final Ars Electronica concert (starting with Award of Distinction recipient Tristan Perich & his 1-bit Music) was a highlight!
Then off to Paris where met with Norbert Schnell at IRCAM and experimented with some fascinating MAX MSP objects he’s designing. Then it was back to NYC, where I attended a Glen Branca concert at le Poisson Rouge before returning to SF.
Now I’m working like crazy to prepare for my performance for the final concert of the tenth anniversary edition of the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival (while also doing my bit working as one of the organizers of the festival!) In my performance I’ll be working with voice, electronics, and video, and hopefully including a few excerpts from my new work-in-progress Baggage Allowance.
Going forward, I have a performance and workshop next week in San Jose, and I’m also working on music for Brenda Way’s new dance work. I also have two gallery exhibitions approaching and need to get my installation work together for those. I’ll show Parts of Speech at the University Art Gallery at CSU Chico next month, and I’ll show the installation part of Baggage Allowance at the Krannert Museum outside Chicago in January of 2010. I’m also having to really get in gear for creating and mounting the performance premieres of Baggage Allowance which will happen in 2010 at Theater Artaud (Z Space) in San Francisco and the Kitchen in New York.
So, I’ve got my hands very full and, as I back myself into my corner, I’m looking for the little John Baldessari escape door, but it doesn’t seem to be anywhere in sight just yet...
THE 10TH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL 2009
Wednesday, September 16:
This year's lineup includes a wide array of electronic music pioneers, modern innovators, and emerging artists, ranging in diverse styles and methods from contemporary classical, glitch, music concrete, sound art, free improvisation and experimental pop. The technology represented will range from old school synthesizers to laptop computer patches, including exploration of interactions between acoustic and electronic instruments and charting the artistic evolution of several of the festival’s founders. In celebration of it’s 10th Anniversary, SFEMF 2009 will feature four of the festival’s founding organizers – Miya Masaoka, Pamela Z, Ed Osborn, and Donald Swearingen – one on each of its four evenings.
For this year's festival, SFEMF has invited a diverse group of artists from across the field of electronic music, including critically- acclaimed symphonic and electronic composer Mason Bates, Berlin-based analog audio/video pointillist Frank Bretschneide, avant-cabaret electro-diva Amy X Neuburg, music and new media pioneer and professor Mark Trayle, improvisational New York turntablist Maria Chavez, composer and pioneer of extended vocal techniques Joan La Barbara, electronic experimental pop artist Preshish Moments, installation and media artist Ed Osborn, multimedia and sound artist [ruidobello] aka Jorge Bachmann, composer and interface innovator Donald Swearingen, poly-rhythmic composer Lukas Ligeti, Bay Area percussionist and improviser Gino Robair, and the entire festival will be bookended with a debut of new work by the festival's founder Miya Masaoka on Wednesday evening and an intermedia performance by the festival's longest standing organizer Pamela Z on Saturday evening. In addition, there will be a sound installation every evening in the theater lobby by Dokuro, the artistic maelstrom formed by the duo of Agnes Szelag and The Norman Conquest, and there will be a pre-show panel discussion/talk in the theater before Friday evening's concert featuring several of the festival artists.
INFO: www.sfemf.org; Brava Theater: 415.641.7651
ARTiculate, Global Arts Festival at Evergreen Valley College San Jose
Concert and Sound Installation at CSU Chico
10/8 to 11/13/2009
Solo Concert at RPI:
Solo Performance at Hamilton College:
Solo Concert at Roulette:
Pamela Z is a composer/performer 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, 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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