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May 2014 [pz gazzetta xviii] (view online)  

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ROOM: Sax Violins Language!
6/26 ROOM: Foot and Mouth
7/10 ROOM: Upright
7/31 ROOM: The Body Electroacoustic
ROOM Series @ Royce Gallery
San Francisco, CA USA

June 21, 2014
Garden of Memory
Oakland, CA USA

July 19, 2014
Performance & installation @ SOMArts
Performance at Exhibition Opening
San Francisco, CA USA

August 21, 2014

MEDIATE soundwave ((6))
San Francisco, CA USA

November 12, 2014
FMU Concert
Miami Gardens, FL USA

November 18-22, 2014
Approximation Festival
Dusseldorf, Germany



Pamela Z with Gesture Controller
Pamela Z using a MIDI gesture controller

Bay-Locked and Fully Engaged...Music, Music, and more Music

Gentle Gazzetta Readers,

The double-edged sword of change always seems to cut off access for some while simultaneously carving new avenues of creativity for others. I feel very fortunate to be among those who continue to thrive in this local and global contemporary music and performance community – surrounded by so many great artists doing inspiring work, and receiving so much generous support and feedback for my own work – even as the neighborhood and the world around us is changing so quickly and radically that we can barely keep up.

Collaborations and...
It’s been quite the embarrassment of riches in the collaboration department for me this year. Joan La Barbara was here in March, and we did a duo concert on the ROOM Series that was just pure joy for us. We enjoyed the collaboration so much that we’re working on mounting the concert again in New York early next year.

Then, I set out to finish (v)erzählen, my commissioned work for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players–scored for voice & electronics (me), percussion (the illustrious Maestro Stephen Schick) and tape (using the voice of said illustrious maestro). I had the honor of premiering the work with Steve on the Contemporary Music Players’ Sweet Thunder Festival of Electroacoustic Music in San Francisco last month, and then we got to perform it again–just over a week later–for the music department at UC San Diego.

I also attended the San Francisco International Film Festival screening of Fat Chance, a short film (by Jeanne Finley in collaboration with Mel Day) for which I composed the score and did the narration. It was nice and quite surprising to see/hear it with fresh eyes/ears after such a long interval from the time when we were working on it.

This year I've also been working with long-time collaborator composer/inventor Donald Swearingen, who I've engaged to develop a new gesture controller that employs accelerometer and gyroscopic technology for tracking movement. I've been having a great time incorporating this new instrument into my work.

... more Collaborations (and Solo Performances)
And I still have more collaborative activity to come. I’ve curated four ROOM series concerts for the next couple of months, and I will be featuring the work of a tremendously diverse plethora of artists–including Benjamin Kreith, Phillip Greenlief, and John O’Keefe (Sax Violins Language), Christine Bonasea, Dohee Lee, and Mary Armentrout (Foot and Mouth), Sarah Cahill, Luciano Chessa, and Joe Lasqo (Upright), Donald Swearingen, Jon Leidecker, and Kadet Kuhne (The Body Electroacoustic) – all of whom I will be coaxing into the customary ROOM Series tutti finale on their prospective evenings. This means that, in addition to presenting their solo works, they’ll all have to play with me (in much the same way that all the guests on the 1980s avant garde music TV series “Night Music” had to play with host David Sanborn at the end of each night. Remember that?) And I’m even counting myself as one of the featured artists on the evening I’m calling “The Body Electroacoustic”.

It’s going to be a very full season of work for me, not to mention all the other solo performance activity I have brewing for this summer including Garden of Memory, SOMArts 35th Anniversary show, and MEDIATE’s soundwave ((6)). With so many concerts for you to pick from, it’ll be hard to choose. I’m thinking you should just come to everything. Scroll down for all the gory details!

Seeing and Hearing
My traveling has been uncharacteristically light this year. Aside from that recent San Diego jaunt, and a brief Los Angeles visit to catch the LACMA James Turrell exhibition and sing at my first voice teacher's 80th birthday celebration, my wings have been pretty clipped. But I’m keeping incredibly busy with art-making and art-viewing/hearing right here at home in the fast-moving and quickly changing SF Bay Area. I attended all the concerts on that Contemporary Music Players festival, and it was an amazing treat (from George Lewis to Stockhausen, Jack String Quartet to Morton Subotnick!) And I enjoyed several Alvin Curran events while he was in town (at Mills and the Center for New Music.)

John Paton and Pamela Z
PZ helping John Paton celebrate his 80th

Early in March, I attended the Other Minds Festival where Mark Appelbaum’s Aphasia was a highlight, and I also attended the annual Switchboard Music Festival in April and stayed through all 8 hours of the marathon, as I’m wont to do. I must say, it may well have been the best one they’ve done to date. I was so excited I was live-tweeting the entire time (forgive me!) It was a great balance of strong and extremely varied sets by the likes of Splinter Reeds, Gamelon X, Kronos Quartet, and an exciting experimental band called Makeunder. What a day!

I also went to see Kathy Brew’s lovely design documentary Design is One about the Vignellis (the Italian couple who designed every ubiquitous thing we all unconsciously love–from the NY Subway map to those iconic plastic stacking chairs) at YBCA Cinémateque . And I saw some great docs about Zappa, Nels Cline, and Henry Kaiser at Peter Esmonde and Suki O’Kane’s new music film series at C4NM.

Then there was a lovely music and food pairing house concert–hosted by Locophonic and featuring the bass clarinet duo Sqwonk. I could go on forever about all the great one-off concerts I attended from the Beth Custer Ensemble at Yoshi’s to Del Sol String Quartet with Stephen Kent playing the music of Peter Sculthorpe and Nils Bultman at C4NM. But I don’t want to wear you out. You need to save your strength for all the concerts you’re going to attend in the next few months. Your detailed agenda follows.



Stephen Schick and Pamela Z perform the world premiere of (v)erzählen

Joan La Barbara & PZ
Pamela Z and Joan La Barbara

Pamela Z & Steve Schick
PZ with Maestro Schick

Kapuschinski Gramaphon
Kapuscinski Gramophon at SFCMP's March YBCA Concert

Joe Lasqo
Joe Lasqo checks out Royce Gallery Upright in prep for ROOM Series

Red Fish Blue Fish
Red Fish Blue Fish playing Stockhausen's Mikrophonie

Pamela Z performing Unknown Person
PZ solo at SFCMP Festival

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) at SFCMP Festival

Nauman For Beginners
Bruce Nauman's For Beginners at LACMA

Curran Piece at Mills
Shinichi Iova Koga crawling in Alvin Curran & Molissa Fenley's BEAMS

Peter Whitehead
Peter Whitehead at C4NM

Sqwonk plays while we eat...

Amuse Bouche
...delicious amuse bouche

Photos by Goran Vejvoda, Travin McKain, Pamela Z, Thomas Steenland, Michael Zellner, Ahmad Hamad, rubra


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upcoming event details:


ROOM: Sax Violins Language!
Thursday May 29, 2014, 8pm

Pamela Z and Joan LaBarbara

Pamela Z Arts' intimate avant chamber series is proud to present an evening with playwright John O'Keefe, violinist Benjamin Kreith, and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief. The artists will perform solos and works in various ensemble configurations, and Pamela Z will join them for some duo and tutti moments.

John O’Keefe delivers his prose with such nuance and kinetic energy that his speech becomes a music in and of itself. Benjamin Kreith’s violin sings contemporary music with startling range from searing bites to warm fluidity. Phillip Greenlief’s saxophone speaks with an expansive sound vocabulary and disarming wit. Together and separately, they will fill the ROOM with sonic surprises and infuse each other’s sets with audible interventions and excited utterances.

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets

Royce Gallery

2901 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA, USA


ROOM: Foot and Mouth
Thursday June 26, 2014, 8pm

ROOM Foot and Mouth

The ROOM Series presents an evening of movement artists who use their voices in their work. (Open foot, insert mouth).

Multidisciplinary performance artists Christine Bonansea, Dohee Lee, and Mary Armentrout will fill the ROOM with fancy footwork and fussy mouthwork. The artists will perform solos and works in various ensemble configurations, and then Pamela Z will join them for some duos and a tutti finale.

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets

Royce Gallery

2901 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA, USA



ROOM: Upright
Thursday July 10, 2014, 8pm
ROOM: Upright

The ROOM Series presents an evening of Bay Area piano virtuosi playing contemporary music on the Royce Gallery's old Melville Clark upright piano (and Pamela Z's Schyling foetal grand).

Pianists Sarah Cahill, Luciano, Chessa, and Joe Lasqo, will perform solos and works in various ensemble configurations (2 hands, 4 hands, 6 hands, and 8 hands), and composer/performer Pamela Z will join them for a tutti finale.

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets

Royce Gallery

2901 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA, USA



ROOM: The Body Electroacoustic
Thursday July 31, 2014, 8pm
ROOM: The Body Electroacoustic

The ROOM Series presents an evening of electroacoustic music by composer/performers Donald Swearingen, Jon Leidecker, Pamela Z, and Kadet Kuhne, with special guests Suki O'Kane and Giselle Eastman.

Donald Swearingen translates gesture into sound via a series of sensor-based instruments of his making. Jon Leidecker inscribes gestures on a tablet to generate sonic events. Pamela Z's hand and vocal gestures deliver and transform live and sampled sounds. Kadet Kuhne layers electroacoustic material while Suki O'Kane and Giselle Eastan's dexterous gestures excite sonorities from vibraphone, bass drum, and clarinet.

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets

Royce Gallery

2901 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA, USA



Garden of Memory
Annual Summer Solstice Event at Chapel of the Chimes
Saturday June 21, 2014, 5-9pm

Pamela Z at Chapel of the Chimes

Pamela Z gives solo voice and electronics performances as part of Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, CA.

The program will feature continuous simultaneous performances by Bay Area composers, musicians, and other performers presenting a variety of acoustic and electronic music in different parts of the beautiful, Julia Morgan-designed building; the audience is free to move throughout the building during the performances. From 5pm to 9pm.

Chapel of the Chimes
4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA, USA



SOMArts 35th Anniversary Exhibition Opening
Projected Personae
Saturday July 19, 2014

Pamela Z at Columbia College

Pamela Z gives a solo performance for voice, electronics, and video and shows installation works.

In celebration of their 35th anniversary, SOMArts presents an exhibition called Projected Personae with an opening on the evening of July 19, 2014. Pamela Z will perform during the opening and will show installation works in the exhibition.

934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA, USA



MEDIATE soundwave ((6)) water
(sub)mersion at the Exploratoriu
Thursday August 21, 2014, 7-9 pm

Pamela Z at CU Boulder Atlas Theater

Pamela Z gives a solo performance for voice, electronics, and video and shows installation works.

In partnership with the Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts program, Soundwave drops audiences into a special surround sound and cinema event that immerses into the qualities of water.

Pamela Z presents ACQUA, a suite of short works for voice, electronics, and video, incorporating live and sampled watery sounds and images, manipulated in real time with gesture activated MIDI controllers and defused in the space – immersing and submerging viewers in an extremely wet room. Duo IN/S’ Condition of Form features multi-channel audio recordings with hydrophones and a 16mm multi-projection filmed on commercial fishing boats out at sea that examine the life and realities on, under and around water. Their piece exposes the adverse impacts on our oceans today, from radiation in the Pacific Ocean to global warming trends altering our fisheries. Film artist Paul Clipson with sound artist Ashley Bellouin present a detailed study of the reflective, associative and rhythmic qualities of water, through an interaction of surfaces, reflections, patterns and structures found in water.

The Exploratorium Kanbar Forum
Pier 15, San Francisco, CA, USA



Florida Memorial University
Lou Rawls Theatre for the Performing Arts

Wednesday November 12, 2014

Pamela Z gives a full evening solo performance for voice, electronics, and video at the Florida Memorial University Lou Rawls Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Florida Memorial University
15800 NW 42nd Ave, Miami Gardens, FL, USA




Pamela Z at CU Boulder Atlas Theater

Approximation Festival Dusseldorf
November 18-22, 2014

Pamela Z at CU Boulder Atlas Theater




Pamela Z gives a solo performance for voice, electronics, and video as part of the 2014 Approximation Festival in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The Approximation Festival, which takes place at the Salon des Amateurs at the Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, is curated by Volker Bertelsmann ( HAUSCHKA ) and Aron Mehzion. It focuses on piano, electronic music , and other forms of experimental and new music.

Salon des Amateurs,Kunsthalle
Grabbeplatz 4, Düsseldorf, Germany

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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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