(all the gnus)
|June 2011 [pz gazzetta viii] (view online)|
June 21, 2011
July 1, 2011
Friday & Saturday,
July 29, 2011
August 12, 2011
Wedneday, June 1, 2011
July 28, 2011
Spanish Nights, Crowd-Funding Daze, & Avant Chamber Series
Gentle Gazzetta Readers,
April and May have been very eventful months for me marked by a wonderful trip to Barcelona and my first experience with “crowd-funding” – giving me a lot to ponder as I head into a summer filled with Room Series concerts.
Barcelona was beautiful, and I had a great time with those tireless Spaniards – 3-course afternoon lunches, dining at 10pm, and hopping from place to place drinking half the night every night! It was truly too much fun. I got to share the opening evening at the Palau de la Musica with a lot of amazing and diverse poets, and my second concert at Fundació Joan Miró with the dynamic Arnaldo Altunes. The first concert was framed by music from Orquestra Mecànica de Cabo San Roque, an amazing MIDI-driven mechanical “orchestra” made from the antique servos and other mechanical materials scavenged from a defunct biscuit factory. Opening the evening with a rousing arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, it drew to mind Trimpin, or Ballet Mechanique, or the Italian Futurists. Every day in Barcelona was joy. I was very absorbed in meeting and interacting with the other artists at the festival events, but I also fit in visits to the Antoni Tàpies Museum and the MACBA, and some great walking through the beautiful city.
The experience of using an online micro-philanthropy site (in the Kick-Starter model) has been an interesting one indeed. I have to be honest and say that it’s been both stressful and fun to do this campaign. It can be awkward reaching out to friends and colleagues for support, and there’s always the fear of crossing a line with people, so I hope everyone has taken my (too numerous) e-missives in the spirit in which they were meant. It can also be a thrilling ride navigating this sort of thing towards its conclusion and watching the support come in. And it’s heartwarming to see the long list of people who honor me with their support and/or wishes! I’m extremely thankful to the foundation United States Artists, for including me in their curated group of projects to raise funds on their site, and for their generous advice, encouragement, and infrastructural support. And, mostly, I’m tremendously grateful to the illustrious list of people who gladly supported me either with contributions or with words of support and/or made efforts to get the word out for me. There were 98 who made financial gifts, and also many who felt compelled to write or call with kind words even if they couldn’t donate. Thanks you! ALL of you!
Baggage Allowance Launch
Happy Summer to all of you, and once again I thank you!
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, 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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