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April 2016 [pz gazzetta xxvi]
Pamela Z Arts' Quarterly Newsletter (view online)

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April 28 2016: San Francisco, CA
Memory Trace at YBCA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
(Artists in conversation on 4/20/16)

May 9, 2016: San Francisco, CA
Call & Response Series
The Lost Church

May 20, 2016: Irvine, CA
Collaborative Concert
UC Irvine

June 3, 2016: San Francisco, CA
ROOM: Roomkeys
Royce Gallery

June 21, 2016: Oakland, CA
Garden of Memory
Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium

June 24, 2016: San Francisco, CA
ROOM: Violagate Revisited
Royce Gallery

July 8 & 9, 2016: San Francisco, CA
ROOM: Z Program 60
Royce Gallery

July26, 2016: New York, NY
Elastic City's The Last Walk
Prospect Park

Memory Trace Still
Video still from Memory Trace

Tracing Memories with a Diamond Stylus

Gentle Gazzetta Readers,

Memories are like vinyl records. The more you recount one the less accurate it becomes. You change it every time you retell it. If you listen now to a record you bought long ago but never played – never altered its surface with the touch of a stylus – it sounds perfectly clear and accurate, unlike one whose grooves have been traced repeatedly.

Mounting Memory Trace

The time has come to remind you of Memory Trace and to retell its dreams, textures, stories, and scents – altering and expanding them once more! In a few short days, I’ll be mounting a production of my latest solo intermedia performance work on the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum stage as the opening night of YBCA’s “New Frequencies Festival”. I hope some of you can make it out to see and hear it. For details about this and my many other upcoming events, scroll (or hyperly jump) down.

Tech university hopping...

The beginning quarter of 2016 has been a wild ride for me. I meant to cordon off these first months to concentrate on developing and rehearsing Memory Trace but, as is always the case with me, I managed to schedule the heck out of them. So I’ve been back and forth across the country playing gigs and doing visiting artist residencies at more major tech universities than you can shake a slide rule at.

In January, I gave talks and workshops at Caltech, where students and faculty gave me a campus tour including all things Feyman-esque and regaled me with delightful stories of the ongoing rivalry between Caltech and MIT. In February, I attended and performed at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music conference at Georgia Southern University, where I was given the SEAMUS 2016 lifetime achievement award. In March, I did a 3-prong East Coast tour that included a visit to MIT – where I gave a concert, talked to music classes, and was told the other side of all the stories I heard at Caltech.

Then early this month, I spent a week at Virginia Tech where I worked grueling hours with Eric Lyon adapting existing works and creating a new work for the CUBE – a remarkable space designed by ARUP with a 150 speaker array for sophisticated sonic spatialization. That trip was exhausting, but very rewarding. The work sounded amazing in the CUBE, and my lodging was at Eric’s home (aka “Lyon Spa”) where I was treated to freshly-baked bread, delicious vegetarian and pescatarian home-cooked meals, and all the red wine I could ask for. Eric even made me Irish Whiskey Porridge for breakfast one morning. (I know, right?)

...and more performing

The other parts of my east coast tour included solo performances at the Met Museum’s new “Met Breuer” in New York as part of a series curated by Vijay Iyer, and a concert at the Phillips Collection in DC, where I performed with an incredible ensemble (including Lina Bahn, Matt Haimovitz, and John Pickford Richards) playing music of Steve Antosca. It was a thrill to see all the amazing work in that collection, and to perform in a gallery where Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party hangs with nary a rope and stanchion separating us from it.

I did my share of performing at home in March as well – with a concert at the new Berkeley Art Museum and a little club gig at Monarch SF. I also showed work (”Suitcase” from my Baggage Allowance installation) at the Exploratorium as part of their Extended Cinemas exhibition.

Plenty of art to see and hear

With this clearly jammed schedule, I still managed to take in some art at home and during my travels. Experiencing other people’s works is such an important part of my life and practice as an artist that I can never omit that activity no matter how over-booked my schedule becomes.

I attended the San Francisco Tape Music Festival in January and heard large scale works by François Bayle and Francis Dhomont beautifully diffused in the Gray Area Grand Theater. And I saw Ellen Fullman’s culminating Long-Stringed-Instrument performance at the end of her residency at the Lab. I attended the first BAM/PFA "Full" (a new series curatate by Sarah Cahill that occurs on each full moon) and saw lots of amazing work in their galleries.

Borofsky Hammering Man
Borofsky Hammering Man at Seattle Art Museum

Kehinde Wiley Painting
One of Kehinde Wiley's Portraits


In February, I flew to Seattle to see Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater performing an evening of premieres (including works choreographed to my Kronos Quartet commission And the Movement of the Tongue and my tape piece Geekspeak). While in Seattle, I also visited the Seattle Art Museum – with its giant Jonathan Borofsky Hammering Man – and saw Kehinde Wiley’s solo exhibition featuring his ornate portraits of black men and women in the heroic poses of old masters’ paintings.

While I was in New York, I saw a great improv concert organized by George Lewis at the Kitchen, and I saw Maria Hassabi’s Plastic, a live installation at the Museum of Modern Art.

Back in San Francisco, I attended the entire Other Minds Festival in March. It was bittersweet knowing that it was to be the last one of its kind, but I think Charles Amirkhanian really outdid himself with the curating this time. From exciting works by the likes of John Oswald, Cecileie Ore, Gavin Bryars and Phil Kline to the beautiful final evening – a full program of Meredith Monk – the festival was truly delightful from beginning to end. There was also a wonderful San Francisco Contemporary Music Players program at Z Space that included Steve Schick’s brilliant interpretation of Mark Appelbaum’s Aphasia, and there was an arresting performance by the inimitable Chris Mann at the Lab.

If left to my own devices, I would be running out to see more art right now, but I have to be stopped. I need to stay in my studio and focus on the task at hand – preparing to mount the new, expanded version of Memory Trace at YBCA! After that, there’ll be plenty of time for promiscuous performance venue and gallery hopping. Until then, it’s back to work! (As always, read on for upcoming details...)



PZ performing at BAM/PFA "Full: Voice"


Pamela Z at the Met Breuer
PZ at the Met Breuer

Feynman Diagrams
Mural of Feynman diagrams at Caltech

PZ with Sol LeWitt floor at MIT
PZ standing on Sol LeWitt at MIT

In the CUBE
Meeting with Virginia Tech President in the CUBE

Whiskey Porridge
Irish Whiskey Porridge

Eric Lyon & PZ
Hear no evil, speak no evil, Pinot Evil. (Eric Lyon & PZ after the CUBE gig)

Unsilent Night
Lina practicing in front of the Renoir

Luciano Chessa at BAM/PFA
DJ Chessa spinning at BAM/PFA "Full"

Meredith Monk at Other Minds
Meredith on stage at Other Minds

Meredith Monk at Other Minds
Duchamp at MoMA

Ellen Fullman
Ellen Fullman performing with Luciano Chessa at the Lab

Hassabi’s Plastic
Chris Mann performing at the Lab

Hassabi’s Plastic
Living art on the steps at MoMA






Photos: Peter Esmonde, Paul Noble, Pamela Z, Liz Murphy, Steve Harris, David Samas


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upcoming event details:

Thursday, April 28, 2016,

Pamela Z in Memory Trace

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will present Pamela Z's intermedia perfomance work Memory Trace as part of YBCA’s New Frequencies Festival at Yerba Buena Center For the Arts on April 28th at 8pm in San Francisco, CA.

Memory Trace is a solo performance work exploring various aspects of memory through voice and electronics, multi-channel video, sampled text fragments, and gestural movement. This work, which grew out of an interactive media installation of the same name, was workshopped at New Music New College in Sarasota, FL and in a three-night run in the intimate San Francisco Royce Gallery in 2015, and now a large-scale version will be mounted at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum space in April of 2016

"I can still remember the time in the early nineteen nineties when I first purchased memory. I delighted in the fact that I could hold it in my hand: a thin, green wafer etched with a lattice of metal lines.  And I quickly noticed parallels between the computer’s memory and my own. Prone to anthropomorphism, I continue to compare and often confuse the two. I am interested in exploring how humans and computers store memory.  How do they 'misplace' information and how do they lose it entirely? How can we differentiate between dreams, 'real' and 'manufactured' memories? How do certain sounds and aromas trigger very old memories?"

Memory Trace explores these questions through a series of dreamlike sonic and visual episodes of remembering and forgetting.

This April 28th production of Memory Trace is being presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as the opening night of the New Frequencies Festival. The festival continues on April 29th with a double bill featuring Theresa Wong's The Unlearning and Edward Shocker's Crossing Ensemble, and finishes on April 30th with Luciano Chessa: A Restrospective.

Memory Trace was made possible by grants from the San Francisco Art Commission, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Yerba Buena Center For the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

Click here for Memory Trace Tickets and Information.

New Frequencies in Conversation:

On Wednesday April 20th from 6pm -7:30pm, join New Frequencies Festival artists Pamela Z, Edward Schocker, Theresa Wong and Luciano Chessa as they present their upcoming performances in Pechakucha style. Gain a concise sneak peek to the thinking behind their musical projects. Followed by a Q&A with Isabel Yrigoyen, curator of the festival and Associate Director of Performing Arts here at YBCA.

Free with reservartion
YBCA Screening Room


YBCA New Frequencies Artists

Pamela Z and Kim Anno Quiet Lightning presents
Call and Response:
Kim Anno and Pamela Z
Monday May 9, 2016, 8 pm

This show features painter, photographer, and film/video artist Kim Anno and her adaptation-in-progress of Dante's Purgatorio, which she is secularizing. "Dante was moving in that direction but kept to the Christianity for many reasons," Anno says. "My aim is to remove that entirely and see what there is left." Composer/performer and media artist Pamela Z responds to Anno's presentation. Both are artists who actively bridge the worlds of art and science/tech. One night only.

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The Lost Church
65 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA,94103 USA



Collaborative Concert with Pamela Z, Nicole Mitchell, and Cauleen Smith
Friday, May 20, 2016

Pamela Z will give a concert with flautist/composer Nicole Mitchell and filmmaker Cauleen Smith as part of the UC Irvine’s Arts and Humanities Symposium "Creativity, Cognition, Critique". The evening will include some solo works and culminate with a collaborative trio.

UC Irvine's xMPL Experimental Media Performance Lab
Lobby Level of the Contemporary Arts Center
Building #721 on UCI Campus Map

UCI Symposium


Friday June 3, 2016, 8 pm

The 2016 ROOM Series begins with an evening of Bay Area keyboard virtuosi playing contemporary music on a variety of black and white keys.

pianist: TANIA CHEN
accordionist: ROB REICH
prepared Fender Rhodes: ERIC GLICK RIEMAN
keys & gesture controllers: DONALD SWEARINGEN

Composer/performer Pamela Z will join them on voice & electrronics for a tutti finale.

The ROOM Series @ Royce Gallery
2901 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA, USA



Garden of Memory
annual Summer Solstice Event at Chapel of the Chimes

Tuesday June 21, 2016
5-9 pm

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


PZ at Chapel of the Chimes
Pamela Z performing at Chapel of the Chimes

Viola con Brio
image: "Viola con brio" (oil on panel) by Rein Pol

Violagate Revisited...
Friday June 24, 2016, 8:00 pm

Q: Why is a viola better than a violin?
A: Violist CHARLTON LEE (of Del Sol Quartet), Classical Revolution violist CHARITH PREMAWARDHANA, violist/composer NILS BULTMANN, and musician and technologist JHNO (John Eichenseer)

On the 2011 postcard for "ROOM: Longer Burning", I promised "No violas will be harmed in the making of this concert". Ironically, this turned out not to be true. A viola was indeed injured but, in my defense, no fire was involved.

Tonight, we bravely present another viola-centric evening. These distinguished violists will perform solo and ensemble works for viola and viola & electronics. (JHNO will make a virtual appearance.) In the tradition of Room Series events, the violists will each perform solo (and in various ensembles), and then they will be joined by composer/performer and series host Pamela Z (voice & electornics) in an ensemble finale.

The ROOM Series @ Royce Gallery
2901 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA, USA



The Room Series and Pamela Z Arts present:

Friday and Saturday, July 8 & 9, 2016, 8:00 pm

Met Breuer

Come celebrate the 10th year of the ROOM Series and a milestone birthday for Pamela Z with an evening featuring a 60-minute collage piece in which Pamela and many of her dear friends, colleagues, and collaborators perform 60 mini-movements tightly scored to a timeclock. Ms. Z will also present a short set of works for voice, electronics and video to fill out the program. Participating artists include Amy X Neuburg, Jeanne Finley + John Muse, Mary Armentrout, Julie Queen, Dohee Lee, Dean Santomieri and more to be announced...

The ROOM Series @ Royce Gallery
2901 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

Pamela Z

Elastic City NY's

Tuesday & Wednesday
July 26 & 27, 2016

After 7 years, New York’s conceptual art walks organization Elastic City will present their final festival in 2016, culminating with “The Last Walk” in Prospect Park. Among the many Elastic City artists represented, Pamela Z will present one of the prompts from her 2011 participatory walk Site Reading. Watch the Elastic City site for specifics on the dates and times of The Last Walk.

Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY, USA




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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 a Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, 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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