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Construction, Contemporary Music, & Concerts
A quarter of a year spins by incredibly quickly, does it not? Here I am again, with a full slate of activities to report to you and an exciting list of upcoming events to invite you to....
Winter 2011-12 was (and continues to be) eventful! In a nutshell: I spent most of January and the first part of February at home working very hard on a major studio improvement and working out a live arrangement for my version of Meredith Monk’s Scared Song. Then I resumed my travels for performances in New York and Savannah, Georgia. Now I’m back in San Francisco for an intense month of local contemporary music events including major festivals and premieres to attend, and two quickly approaching live performances of my own. Read on...
New Recording Booth
I created a small floating room within a room with double walls that don’t touch, built on a pentagonal footprint with no parallel sides. I used double layers of sheetrock inside and out (with loads of a goopy substance called "green glue" sandwiched in between), and fiberglass insulation in the cavity between the two sets of walls. I ran cable for mics and headphones through the walls, plus RCA, USB, VGA, and every other kind of connector I could think of – trying to “future-proof” it before I sealed everything, and I finished it all with inner and outer solid wood doors – each with a half inch thick laminated glass window. Then, I did a lot of work to acoustically treat the inside of the booth. It was quite a laborious project, but I’m thrilled with the results and looking forward to making my first recordings in it!
New York CD Release Event
Concerts and Related Exhibitions
Then, I went to Savannah, GA to perform a solo concert at the Telfair Museum in their Pulse Arts Festival of Art & Technology. There’s a really nice exhibition in their contemporary galleries including an extensive Leo Villareal show. His work with LEDs draws to mind Dan Flavin’s fluorescent pieces and Jim Campbell’s incandescent bulb works. One work called “Field” was like an enormous, softly pulsing canvas.
Bay Area Flooded by Contemporary Music
I attended all three of the Other Minds Festival concerts this past weekend, accompanied by my good friend, San Diego new music presenter Bonnie Wright, who will no doubt be blogging extensively about the events in “So Forth”, her online journal. The programming was stellar and really delightful. The very next night, I attended a magical concert with Jaap Blonk and sfSound Group doing improvisations and John Cage works at the Community Music Center. Jaap did a fantastic palindromic version of Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonata in which he performed one movement half-way through and then reversed it – singing it back to the beginning in an effort to “erase” his performance. Priceless! Tuesday, I plan to go Eva Soltes’ Castro Cinema premiere of her Lou Harrison documentary. (Terry Riley will be rising up in the pit playing the Castro pipe organ to intro the film!). And next week, I’ll be attending most of the SF Symphony’s American Mavericks concerts – including what promises to be a remarkable evening featuring Joan LaBarbara, Meredith Monk, and Jessye Norman, all singing works of John Cage!
Once I get through all this March activity, I’ll need to get to work completing my media installation Memory Trace, which will debut at Arc Gallery’s project space in May. Keep scrolling and reading on for details of those and all my other upcoming events in the Bay Area and elsewhere...
Photos by: Pamela Z, Beverly Brooks, Elise de Jong, SFSU Fine Arts, Villareal, Ahmad Hamad
Meridian Music Series
Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 12:00 pm
Pamela Z will give a solo concert for voice, electronics, and video as part of the Music @ Noon Series at Santal Clara Univiersity Music Recital Hall at 12pm in Santa Clara, CA USA
Friday, April 13, 2012, 10:30 pm
Wednesday, April 21, 2012, 8:00pm
Pamela Z will share a concert with "Open Box" (Jon Raskin, Carla Harryman, John Shiurba, Gino Robair, Ava Mendoza, Aurora Josephson, Roham Sheikhani) as part of SF Live Arts at St Cyprians in San Francisco, CA USA
SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s, 2097 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Pamela Z performs on voice and electronics in collaboration with ROVA Quartet, Ikue Mori, and Gino Robair as part of ROVA: Art of Improv at ODC Theater in San Francisco, CA USA
ROVA: Art of Improv, ODC Dance Commons, Studio B
Opening: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Pamela Z's Memory Trace will be an interactive media installation work involving multiple channels of video and
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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, 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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