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Fall 2023 [pz gazzetta xlix]
Pamela Z Arts' Newsletter (view online)
Oct 1 - Nov 5, 2023: Berlin, Germany
Pamela Z sound installation Lift
Soundgallery @ ohrenhoch
Oct 6-15, 2023: San Francisco, CA
Flyaway Productions dance score
Oct 15 & 17, 2023: Hong Kong, China
Pamela Z in China
ICMC @ Chinese University of Hong Kong
Oct 20 & 22, 2023: SF & SJ
VoSV sing Z
San Jose Museum of Art
and Mission Cultural Center
Oct 26, 2023: Rome, Italy
Pamela Z in I Nostri Pini di Roma
Villa Aurelia @ American Academy in Rome
Nov 10, 2023: Valencia, CA
Cal Arts Visiting Artist Concert
Wild Beast @ Cal Arts
TRAVELING FAR AND WIDE
Gentle Gazzetta Readers,
I’m writing you from a hotel room in the the city of Shenzhen. I’m here for the 2023 International Computer Music Conference, where I’m scheduled to give a performance and a keynote talk.
This is my first time in China, and I came here without a geographical sense of the place or a clear understanding of the "one country, two systems" principle. So I was surprised, after landing at Hong Kong airport, that I needed to take a 40-minute taxi ride to the border and then go through passport control and customs all over again just to exit Hong Kong and take another car, for an hour, into Shenzhen. It was a long and arduous journey, but I’m excited to be here now, even if the most I’ll likely see of China during this trip is the campus of the Chinese Hong Kong University Shenzhen, where the conference is being held.
Upon arrival, it became immediately apparent that many websites are blocked in China – including Google, YouTube, Instagram, and Wikipedia, which made me realize how much I rely on Google in my daily life. I was startled by how many times I felt the need to do a search just within my first hour of being here!
Since my last writing, I’ve enjoyed bountifully rich travels – including six weeks on the East Coast with a Tanglewood performance, a month-long residency at MoMA in New York, and a 10-day residency at MASS MoCA.
Pamela Z, Kyle Bruckmann, Charlton Lee, Clara Kennedy, & Kjell Nordeson @MoMA
While at MoMA, I mounted my interdisciplinary work Simultaneous – finally completing the project I had started four years earlier during my truncated Rome Prize Fellowship year.
At MASS MoCA, I worked with Roomful of Teeth and the Living Earth Show on a new commission called This Impossible Building. We workshopped a version of the piece for a live audience in the concert hall there, and I’ll be delivering the completed work to them in the spring.Roomful of Teeth and The Living Earth Show, rehearsing PZ's This Impossible Building
In the meantime, I’m keeping more than busy working on a number of new commissioned works for Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Zeitgeist, pianist Jenny Q Chai, cellist Nick Photinos, and Post:ballet.
As inspiration for making these new pieces, I’ve been taking in a healthy dose of art at home and everywhere I go. I scarcely had time to see any exhibitions at MoMA or at MASS MoCA this summer, as I was working so relentlessly while there. But I did manage to grab some quick looks while speed-walking through the galleries on my way to and from rehearsals.
And I attended a concert of works by Nico Muhly at Tanglewood, and saw a mesmerizing Orpheus Chamber Orchestra concert with Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh, and Tyshawn Sorey in New York.
Then, upon returning home, I attended many Bay Area new music events including Fred Frith and Heike Liss Drawing Sound at the Exploratorium and several delightful concerts at sfSound’s Mosswood Sound Series. The Annual Skronkathon Fest was a highlight.
I also saw Mason Bates' Steve Jobs piece at the SF Opera, and an arresting John Adams work at Davies Symphony Hall. And, as part of the SFEMF Steering Committee, I helped to curate and organize a vibrant 22nd Annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival at The LAB that featured, among other gems, Chris Brown's Branches and re:VOLT's rendition of Morton Subotnick's Sidewinder.
At Summer’s end, immediately following my six weeks back east, Christina McPhee and I mounted a performance of Carbon Song Cycle at The Exploratorium in San Francisco. And, through the fall, I’m continuing to give performances and have works performed and exhibited far and wide. Jo Kreiter’s Flyaway Productions is performing a dance work with music that Carla Kilstedt and I composed, the Berlin Sound Gallery ohrenhoch is presenting a sound installation of mine, and I’m heading for Italy to perform in a concert presented by the American Academy in Rome. Scroll down for details of these upcoming events.
Meanwhile enjoy the shift to autumn and, hopefully, some cooler weather in the coming months!
Photos by: Pamela Z, MoMA documentation team, Aminah Ibrahim, Mark Clifford
upcoming event details:
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 October
and 5 November, 2023
2pm - 9pm
Pamela Z’s site-specific sound installation Lift – originally composed for the passenger elevator at the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY, as part of their “Elevator Music” series – is set up and presented in a site-specific way at ohrenhoch in Berlin-Neukölln Germany
Lift can be heard on Sunday 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 October, and 5 November 2023 continuously from 2 pm to 9 pm.
Lift is the second work by Pamela Z presented at the Sound Gallery ohrenhoch. In 2012 ohrenhoch presented her work A Piece of Pi (world premiere)
Lift program note:
You enter a small chamber; the doors seal behind you. When they open again, you find that your surroundings have changed. The change can be so complete and abrupt that it’s startling. An entirely different color scheme, a complete set of new sounds and aromas, the sudden presence of a person or people, or the sudden absence of anyone. The erection of an entirely new set of walls, or the replacement of existing walls with open air.
Or the change is very slight. The differences so subtle that they are barely noticeable. But, something is clearly different. At first, it’s just a feeling. But closer inspection reveals that a single word or character on a sign has changed. The temperature is a few degrees warmer or cooler. A quiet buzzing sound has become just a little louder. There’s a small chair or a wastebasket. The light level is a bit brighter. Someone you can’t see is whispering. There’s a faint chemical smell.
Performances: October 6-15, 2023
SPACE 124 @ Project Artaud
Flyaway Productions will perform Jo Kreiter’s If I Give You My Sorrows (with music by Pamela Z and Carla Kihlstedt) at Space 124 in San Francisco, CA USA
The score for this piece is now available on bandCamp:
All proceeds from the album sales benefit Empowerment Avenue, a social justice organization that works to empower incarcerated journalists and artists.
Pamela Z composed a fixed media score for the opening section of Jo Kreiter’s latest dance work, If I Give You My Sorrows. The work features new music by three composers: Carla Kihlstedt, Pamela Z, and Kalyn Harewood. Flyaway Productions will give several performances of the work at Space 124 @ Project Artaud in October of 2023.
October 6-15, 2023
Fri. 10/6 at 7:30pm (Panel Discussion to follow)
Sat. 10/7 at 7:30pm and 9pm
Sun. 10/8 at 7:30pm
Wed. 10/11 at 7:30pm
Thu. 10/12 at 7:30pm
Fri. 10/13 at 7:30pm (Panel discussion to follow)
Sat. 10/14 at 7:30pm and 9pm
Sun. 10/15 at 7:30pm
401 Alabama Street #124
San Francisco, CA 94110
Pamela Z performance and keynote at ICMC
Sunday, October 15 and Tuesday, October 17, 2023
INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER MUSIC CONFERENCE
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen
Pamela Z will give a short solo performance on the opening concert on Sunday 10/15/2023 and a Keynote Address on Tuesday 10/17/2023 as part of International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2023) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shenzen China
Voices of Silicon Valley perform Pamela Z's PEN PAL
Friday, October 20th, 2023 7pm
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose
Sunday, October 22nd, 2023 6pm
Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco
Bay Area new music chorus Voices of Silicon Valley will perform Pamela Z’s Pen Pal in concert at Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, and at the San Jose Museum of Art.
VoSV is proud to present "Visions of Guadalupe", a concert honoring the memory of Yolanda Lopez (1942–2021). The program also includes a masterpiece of contemporary music Nuit, Adieux by Kaija Saariaho, along with beautiful and adventurous works by Pamela Z and Flannery Cunningham.
This concert will be presented Friday, October 20, 7pm at San Jose Museum of Art
and Sunday, October 22, 6pm at San Francisco's Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
Friday, October 20th, 2023 7pm
San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA
Sunday, October 22nd, 2023 6pm
Mission Cultural Center
San Francisco, CA 94110
PAMELA Z in
i nostri pini di roma
a concert featuring Rome Prize composers
Thursday, October 26th, 2023 6pm
The American Academy in Rome VILLA AURELIA
Largo di Porta San Pancrazio, 1-2
Pamela Z performs a short suite of works for voice and electrionics as part of I Nostri Pini di Roma– Rome Prize Composers Concert at Villa Aurelia at 6pm in Roma Italia
The American Academy in Rome will host a special concert at the Villa Aurelia dedicated to the Pines of Rome, in recognition of the beauty they share, the symbolic force of their presence, and the shade and shadow they provide.
This concert will feature works by composers who have had a personal relationship with the AAR, either as Rome Prize Fellows or Residents or as our frequent guests.
Featured composers: Richard Aaker Trythall, Andy Akiho, David Lang, Eric Nathan, Ottorino Respighi, Marco Sinopoli, Christopher Stark, Pamela Z
GROUP SHOW: Cal Arts Artists In Residence Week
Friday November 10, 2023 8pm
The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts launches its second annual Artist in Residence Week, running from Monday, Nov. 6 through Friday, Nov. 10, 2023.
AIR Week 2023 includes acclaimed artists Ela Orleans, Pamela Z (1998 Herb Alpert Award Winner in Music), Attah Poku, Yosvany Terry and the Modern Afro Cuban Quartet (2023 Charlie Haden Artist in Residence), Cory Smythe (2022 Herb Alpert Award Winner in Music), and Tomeka Reid (2022 Herb Alpert Award Winner in Music).
The residency week culminates in a free public concert at the Wild Beast on Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 pm.
The Wild Beast at California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355
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 the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, United States Artists, a Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, the Creative Capital Fund, the Herb Alpert Award, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Dorothea Tanning award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. www.pamelaz.com
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