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October 2012 [pz gazzetta xiii] (view online)  

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event highlights:

September 21 - November 3, 2012
Exhibition at the McColl Center
Media installations by Pamela Z at
McColl Center for Visual Art
Charlotte, NC USA

Thursday, October 18, 2012
PZ at Salisbury University
Pamela Z performs solo at
Salisbury University Art Galleries
Salisbury, MD USA

Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28, 2012
Open Studios Performances & Sound
Pamela Z gives performances @ 40th Anniversary
Developing Environments
San Francisco, CA USA

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Vital Vox Festival, NYC
Pamela Z performs solo at Roulette
New York, NY USA

Saturday, December 1, 2012
PZ at ATLAS Theater in Boulder
Pamela Z performs solo and with BLOrk
ATLAS Black Box Theatre

Boulder, CO USA

Thursday & Friday, February 21 & 22, 2013
Kronos Quartet premieres PZ Work
Kronos performs a new work by Pamela Z
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA USA

Shout Out to my Supporters

Fount at McColl Center
Pamela Z's Fount at McColl Center for Visual Art

Charlotte Residency, Composing for Kronos, Sneaking Home for an Anniversary, Hoping for Happy Accidents...

Gentle Gazzetta Readers,

Greetings from Charlotte, North Carolina! By now, I am deeply ensconced in my artist residency here at the McColl Center for Visual Art. I flew in from San Francisco on September 16th, and will be here through November 30th. I do have plans to run away for a few days here and there to give performances in San Francisco, New York, and Salisbury MD, but mainly I’ll be right here with my nose right up against that grindstone.

My main project while in residence here is to complete a new commissioned work for Kronos Quartet, which will premiere in San Francisco in February of 2013, but I must turn in the score to them much sooner that that. Too soon, actually! So, I’m pretty much out of my mind to even pause and write to you. But, I’m missing you. You haven’t heard a peep out of me (gazzetta-wise) since June! So I figured it was about time. And, it’s “Community Day” here at the Art Center, so the public is wandering in and out of our studios at will. Writing this is probably all I can handle focus-wise...

Cage Goodness

Quick overview of what I’ve been up to: The summer was mainly dominated by some lovely ROOM Series events including a violin-centric evening I called “Rated R for Violins” in which I had the great pleasure of working with Kate Stenberg from Del Sol String Quartet as well as Adria Otte and Thea Farhadian. The other ROOM concert was my tribute to and 100th Birthday present for John Cage – an evening called "Voice Cage" that featured eight of the Bay Area’s experimental voice artists (myself included). I have some nice photos for you to glimpse or relive the moment.

The early part of September offered more Cage-related fun (and distraction as I scrambled to prepare for 2 1/2 months away). The opening night of the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival was a full Cage evening at SFMOMA in which I participated in a laptop rendition of 4’33”. And, in addition to organizing the festival alongside my other SFEMF colleagues, I also managed to get myself peripherally involved in an exciting John Sanborn multi-media event at the BAM/PFA called PICO. This event honored Mr. Cage with a museum-full of performers and multi-screen projections in the great Musicircus tradition, and I accepted the assignment of walking about in circles reading loudly from a book of my choosing (Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit).

McColl Recall (Residency Déjà Vu)

Immediately after that event, I was off on my long autumn journey. I’m delighted at the excellent company that I’m in here. It’s a really fantastic and varied group of us doing the residency including revered conceptual artist Mel Chin, sculptor Susannah Mira whose delightful work involves reclaimed materials like piano hammers, a Cuban painter and printmaker named Ibrahim Miranda, and my old pal from when I did this exact same residency 11 years ago, actor/writer John Love. There are also a handful of local "affiliate artists" doing really interesting work as well, and an environmental artist who’s creating a solar cell tree.

The batch of artists before us got the “DNC residency", and they left a striking exhibition of very political work which survived the droves of convention-goers who overtook this town during their stay. Their works are still filling the 1st floor galleries. We (the current artists in residence) have our work in an exhibition on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building. I’m showing three installation pieces, two from Baggage Allowance, and my recent piece, Fount. I’m sharing a hall with Mel Chin, who’s showing some amazing work including pieces from a new series he’s doing of intelligently altered found paintings.

It’s both strange and wonderful being back here in this building. It’s a truly remarkable stone and brick structure which was once a church that was destroyed (all but the shell) by fire, and then made into this arts center. The studios are beautiful with concrete floors, exposed brick exterior walls with arched windows, white sheet rock interior walls, and high industrial ceilings. I’m still filled with some nostalgia and déjà vu because I spent the same three months here in 2001. It was a strange time to be in North Carolina so far from home, loved ones, and colleagues in San Francisco and New York. My residency back then started less then a week before 9/11, so my emotions and memories about that time color my experience today. But it was the most productive artist residency I’ve ever done, filled with artistic discoveries and happy accidents. I can only hope this go ‘round will render at least a fraction of that magic.

Like a a lot of cities, Charlotte has undergone some major changes in the past decade. There are new museums and galleries, new performing arts facilities, a limited light rail system and, I’m quite certain, a fair amount of gentrification and shifting of populations. In the little bit of down time I can carve out of my busy working schedule here, I intend to do some exploring.

Stealing Away

I’ll be back in San Francisco at the end of this month briefly to participate in my building Developing Environments' 40th Anniversary Open Studios. If you stop by the building on Saturday or Sunday, I’ll be doing some performances in the common space outside my studio (I have a subletter, so I won’t be inside my studio!) and I’ll be showing an historical text/sound collage about DE and the artists who have lived and worked there. I’m also clutching a precious ticket for Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach at Zellerbach Hall that weekend!

Then I’ll be off to New York, for just a second, to play a gig at Roulette in the Vital Vox Festival. And, at my Charlotte residency’s end, I’ll be going directly to Colorado to play an early December concert of solo works plus a collaboration with the Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk) at CU Boulder. Then, after a quick visit with Colorado family, I’ll finally return home to my studio in San Francisco which I’ll be sorely missing by that time!

My 2012-13 season is packed with events. Read on for details of some of them....



A Loud Object
Detail of the loud object created by Loud Objects at SFEMF 2012

Mel Chin & Pamela Z
Mel Chin with PZ

Luciano Sings La Barbara
Luciano "feeling what we hear" in Voice Cage

Voice Cage Ensemble
Amy X Neuburg, Theresa Wong, Aurora, Luciano Chessa, Dohee Lee, Jake Rodriguez, Julie Queen, and Pamela Z in Voice Cage

Dohee Lee
Dohee Lee and her wearable Theramin thing

Todd in the Chair
A tutti moment with the Voice Cage chorus line

PZ with Haring
PZ performing Cage's Aria in Voice Cage

Rated R Curtain Call
Rated R for Violins

Baseballs at the Whitney
Theresa Wong playing the video cello at PICO

Chelsea Pipes
SFEMF staff & friends perform 4'33" on laptops

PZ with Rotary Phone
PZ with Fount at the McColl Center.

Luciano Chessa at the Piano
PZ in her McColl Center Studio

The Chair at the Beach
Another McColl studio shot

Pamela Z's Suitcase
Suitcase at the McColl Center.


Photos by:Matthew Steele, Donald Swearingen, Pamela Z, Peter Kaars

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A Heartfelt Public Thank You to the Supporters of baggageallowance.tv

Now that the browser-based version of my intermedia work Baggage Allowance has been online for over a year, I'm realizing that I never publically thanked my USArtsts Projects donors here in PZ Gazzetta, so here they are:

(To see where they're all seated on the Baggage Allowance jet, go here:

Michael Feno, Margaret Dorfman, Dan Dodt, Sue LeSeure, Neurofrantic, John Glenn Paton, Mike Yochum, Dennis A. Aman, The Atchleys, Elisabeth Beaird, Moira Brennan, Dr. Simone Browne, Matt Brubeck, Cartiere Strauss Collection, Tom Duff, Peter & Anne Esmonde, Adam L Frey, Donna Hill, Zona Hostetler, Joan Jeanrenaud, Kai Matthews, Alessandro Moruzzi, Rodney Pearlman, Frances Phillips, Mark Pritchard, Diane Rea, Robin Richardson, Lynne Sachs, Elizabeth Libby Seifel, Ron L. Silver & Miriam Wallace, Tom Steenland, Carl Stone, J Why, Bonnie Wright, Mark Wyman, Rosa De Anda, Bill Ballou, John  Bischoff, Philip Blackburn, Theo Bleckmann, Linda Bouchard, Beverly Brooks, Hillary Maroon, Joel Chadabe, Dan Cowles, Allan J. Cronin, Mel Day & Frank Ham, Ralph Equality Farris, Joshua Fried's RADIO WONDERLAND, Richard Friedman, GPL, Lauren Hewitt, Brenda Hutchinson, Martine Jardel, Alden Jenks, Dan Joseph, Junglebook, Lori Kaspar, Mari Kimura, Margaret Lancaster, David Lawrence, John Jota Leaños, Arel Lucas, Aline Mare, Miya Masaoka, Kristin  Miltner, Martha  Mooke, Erin Neff, Amy X Neuburg, Lois Nowels, Jane Nuse, Pauline Oliveros, Cid Pearlman, Laurel Phoenix, Marco Pinter, Julie Queen & Paul Lundahl, Karen Quest, Katharina Rosenberger, Mary Rowell, Jason Victor Serinus, Todd Shalom, Sheri Simons, Jay Stern and Meg Sweeney Lawless, Kathie Smith Tokay, The Tunnel Singer, Lluis Valls, Ned van Alstyne, Marsha Vdovin, Matson Wade, Lexa Walsh, Joe Weatherby, Katherine Westerhout, Randall Wong, Sandy Yagi

upcoming details:

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Pamela Z installations in Charlotte Exhibition

McColl Center for Visual Art 2nd Floor Gallery
721 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA

Exhibition run: September 21 through November 3, 2012
Gallery Hours: Thursdays & Fridays 3pm-9pm, Saturdays 11am-6pm

Three media installation works by Pamela Z – Suitcase (from Baggage Allowance), Baggage Allowance (single-channel), and Fount are all included in the current exhibition of works by Artists in Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art.
Pamela Z's Fount


Pamela Z Performs at Salisbury University Art Galleries

Salisbury University Art Galleries
109 Fulton Hall, 1101 Camden Ave. · Salisbury, MD 21801, USA

Thursday October 18 , 2012, 4pm

On Thursday, October 18, 2012, Pamela Z will give performance featuring voice, live processing, samples and interactive video with an artist talk following as part of Salisbury University’s Sonic Arts Series at Salisbury University Art Galleries at 4pm in Salisbury, MD

She will also give a sound and performance workshop at noon on the following day, Friday, October 19, and her single-channel video work from “Baggage Allowance” will be on exhibit October 15-31. All events will tale place in Teacher Education and Technology Center (TETC).



DE@40: Pamela Z performs and shows work in
Developing Environments 40th Anniversary Open Studios

Developing Environments
540 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

Developing Environments Then & Now

Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28, 2012, 11 am-6 pm

The year 2012 marks Developing Environments' 40th anniversary as an artist live/work community. Artist members will celebrate with a special open studios October 27th & 28th, 11am - 6pm

Alongside the many flourishing artist collectives and studios in San Francisco's North-East Mission District, DE's doors will be open to the public, showing the work of nearly 30 artists (DE members and guests) for 2 days peppered with engaging acitivities and attractions including an historical timeline in the lobby, an audio collage/portrait of DE, and fabulous art prizes.

Pamela Z will give performances in the 2nd Floor Common Area, and her sound collage celebrating DE's current and past artist members will be on exhibit thorughout the weekend.
Developing Environments, 540 Alabama Street
San Francisco, CA



Pamela Z solo performance in
October 30, 2012. 8 pm

509 Atlantic Ave (On the corner of Atlantic & 3rd Aves)
Brooklyn, NY

Pamela Z will give a solo peformance for voice, electronics, and video as part of the Vital Vox Festival at Roulette Intermedium at 8pm in Brooklyn, NY.

The festival runs October 29th and 30th. Pamela’s performance will be on the 30th in a shared evening with Lisa Karrer & David Simons, and Sasha Bagdonowitsch.



Pamela Z at the ATLAS Black Box Theater in Boulder

1125 18th Street Boulder, CO 80309 USA
The Black Box Studio is two floors down from the lobby at lower level B2.

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 7:30 pm

Composer, performer and multimedia artist Pamela Z will perform an evening of works for voice with live, electronic processing, a gesture-activated MIDI controller, and interactive video. The evening will comprise existing solo works as well as new work produced in collaboration with CU's Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk).



KRONOS QUARTET premieres new work by PAMELA Z

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA USA

Thursday and Friday, February 21 & 22, 2013, 8 pm

In a 2 evening engagement February 21-22, 2012, Kronos Quartet will premiere a new commissioned work composed for them by Pamela Z as part of their 2012-2013 Season at Yerba Buena Center For the Arts at 8pm in San Francisco, CA. The evening will also feature works by Nathaniel Stookey and Dan Becker.




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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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