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upcoming solo appearances:

September 19, 2009 San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
THIS SATURDAY: Pamela Z performs solo on the
final evening of the SFEMF 10th Anniversary Festival

September 23-24, 2009 San Jose, CA
Everegreen Valley College ARTiculate Festival
Pamela Z Workshop and Concert

October 2009 Chico, CA
University Art Gallery, CSU Chico, CA
Pamela Z Sound Installation and Concert

October 21, 2009 Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Pamela Z Solo Concert

October 24, 2009 Clinton, NY
Hamilton College Performing Arts Series
Pamela Z Solo Performance

October 27, 2009 New York, NY
Pamela Z Solo Concert

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PZ at la Biennaleamici:
At the Venice Biennale this year, there is a John Baldessari film piece in the Pallazzo delle Esposizione in which a man literally paints himself into a corner. You see him methodically cutting in the corners, then painting the four walls, then starting in on the floor and working until he’s trapped in a tiny unpainted spot in one corner. Then, suddenly, a small door opens, he jumps out and paints the last bit, and the door shuts and he vanishes. If you watch the entire piece, this routine repeats 6 times, each with the artist using a different color. The piece really made me (and everyone else who was watching) laugh with glee. I don’t know why exactly. But I do know that the painting oneself into a corner motif, literally rendered there, certainly resonated with me in the context of the way I seem to live my life. I do indeed go through cycles of “biting off more than I can chew” so to speak, and then somehow managing to finish what I’ve started by hook or crook before wriggling myself into the next tight spot. Ouch! Too many metaphors there, but you get the picture.

So, quickly: I’ve had an eventful summer culminating in an extended journey (Colorado, New York, Venice Italy, Linz Austria, Paris France, New York) that dropped me back in San Francisco just in time for the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival! (SFEMF celebrates it's 10 year anniversary this year... scroll down to the details section for more on that.)

After visiting family and meeting old friends in Colorado (how about that Facebook? I reunited with a violinist friend Nicolo Casewit, who I hadn’t seen in 25 years!) I headed for New York where I performed with sound and multichannel video in a shared evening with Todd Reynolds & Luke Dubois in "Billyburg". Then I worked with Elise Kermani the next night on a reading of her new Poe piece.

In Venice, I spent most of my time trying to see every pavilion of la Biennale and managed even to make my customary pilgrimage to the Peggy Guggenheim Palazzo where I left a wish on the Yoko Ono wish tree. In Linz, I attended Ars Electronica, met with my colleagues Rupert Huber and Sabine Breitsameter from this year's Digital Musics jury, and enjoyed seeing Bill Fontana receive his Golden Nica. I delivered my radio piece to KunstRadio (which I was editing up to the last minute in my hotel rooms throughout the trip). My piece, which uses some of my work-in-progress Baggage Allowance material, aired in Vienna on Sept 6th, but can still be heard at http://www.kunstradio.at. The final Ars Electronica concert (starting with Award of Distinction recipient Tristan Perich & his 1-bit Music) was a highlight!

Then off to Paris where met with Norbert Schnell at IRCAM and experimented with some fascinating MAX MSP objects he’s designing. Then it was back to NYC, where I attended a Glen Branca concert at le Poisson Rouge before returning to SF.

Now I’m working like crazy to prepare for my performance for the final concert of the tenth anniversary edition of the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival (while also doing my bit working as one of the organizers of the festival!) In my performance I’ll be working with voice, electronics, and video, and hopefully including a few excerpts from my new work-in-progress Baggage Allowance.

Going forward, I have a performance and workshop next week in San Jose, and I’m also working on music for Brenda Way’s new dance work. I also have two gallery exhibitions approaching and need to get my installation work together for those. I’ll show Parts of Speech at the University Art Gallery at CSU Chico next month, and I’ll show the installation part of Baggage Allowance at the Krannert Museum outside Chicago in January of 2010. I’m also having to really get in gear for creating and mounting the performance premieres of Baggage Allowance which will happen in 2010 at Theater Artaud (Z Space) in San Francisco and the Kitchen in New York.

So, I’ve got my hands very full and, as I back myself into my corner, I’m looking for the little John Baldessari escape door, but it doesn’t seem to be anywhere in sight just yet...




PZ in
PZ and in a Tomas Saraceno installation at La Biennale di Venezia

Krzysztof Wodiczko Guests
Beautiful video piece by Krzysztof Wodiczko in the Polish Pavilion

Bill Fontana at Ars Elecronica 2009
Bill Fontana giving a talk at Ars Electronica

Rupert Huber & Tristan Perich
Rupert Huber and Tristan Perich at Ars Electronica in Linz

Ars Electronica Center
Ars Electronica Center lit up at night in Linz

Norbert Schnell in the IRCAM Elevator
Norbert Schnell in the IRCAM elevator (with Pamela Z & Stephanie Wells reflected in the button panel)

Stephanie Wells & Pamela Z at Centre Pompidou
Stephanie & PZ in front of that crazy Stravinsky Fountain at Centre Pompidou


upcoming details:

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San Francisco Electronic Music Festival 2009
Wednesday, September 16th 2009 through Saturday, September 19, 2009
Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St, San Francisco, CA
Doors at 7:30 PM, performance at 8:00 PM
Further Information: www.sfemf.org
Purchase advance tickets Online
(Brown Paper Tickets) or at the door (Cash Only)

Wednesday, September 16:
Miya Masaoka, Lukas Ligeti, and Amy X Neuburg
Thursday, September 17:
Mark Trayle, Donald Swearingen, Maria Chavez, and Mason Bates
Friday, September 18:
Ed Osborn, Preshish Moments, Frank Bretschneider, and Joan La Barbara
Saturday, September 19:
[ruidobello] aka Jorge Bachmann, Gino Robair, and Pamela Z

This year's lineup includes a wide array of electronic music pioneers, modern innovators, and emerging artists, ranging in diverse styles and methods from contemporary classical, glitch, music concrete, sound art, free improvisation and experimental pop. The technology represented will range from old school synthesizers to laptop computer patches, including exploration of interactions between acoustic and electronic instruments and charting the artistic evolution of several of the festival’s founders. In celebration of it’s 10th Anniversary, SFEMF 2009 will feature four of the festival’s founding organizers – Miya Masaoka, Pamela Z, Ed Osborn, and Donald Swearingen – one on each of its four evenings.

For this year's festival, SFEMF has invited a diverse group of artists from across the field of electronic music, including critically- acclaimed symphonic and electronic composer Mason Bates, Berlin-based analog audio/video pointillist Frank Bretschneide, avant-cabaret electro-diva Amy X Neuburg, music and new media pioneer and professor Mark Trayle, improvisational New York turntablist Maria Chavez, composer and pioneer of extended vocal techniques Joan La Barbara, electronic experimental pop artist Preshish Moments, installation and media artist Ed Osborn, multimedia and sound artist [ruidobello] aka Jorge Bachmann, composer and interface innovator Donald Swearingen, poly-rhythmic composer Lukas Ligeti, Bay Area percussionist and improviser Gino Robair, and the entire festival will be bookended with a debut of new work by the festival's founder Miya Masaoka on Wednesday evening and an intermedia performance by the festival's longest standing organizer Pamela Z on Saturday evening. In addition, there will be a sound installation every evening in the theater lobby by Dokuro, the artistic maelstrom formed by the duo of Agnes Szelag and The Norman Conquest, and there will be a pre-show panel discussion/talk in the theater before Friday evening's concert featuring several of the festival artists.

$16 General (available ONLINE or at the door)
$10 Student/Discount (only available or at the door - Cash Only)
Full festival pass: $50 (available ONLINE or at the door)

INFO: www.sfemf.org; Brava Theater: 415.641.7651

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ARTiculate, Global Arts Festival at Evergreen Valley College San Jose

Pamela Z gives a Sound and Performance Workshop at 12:15pm as part of ARTiculate! Arts Series at Evergreem Valley College’s new Arts Theater in San Jose, CA USA

Pamela Z will give a solo performance for voice and electronics at 10:45am as part of Evergreen Valley College’s ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Performing Arts facility at Evergreen Valley College Performing Arts Center in San Jose, CA USA


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Concert and Sound Installation at CSU Chico

Concert at
Chico Wismer Theatre
Pamela Z gives a solo concert of works for voice and electronics at 7:30pm at The Wismer Theatre in Chico, CA

10/8 to 11/13/2009
Sound Installation
Pamela Z's sound installation "Parts of Speech" will be presented in a solo exhibition at University Art Gallery, CSU Chico in Chico, CA


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Solo Concert at RPI:

Pamela Z gives a solo concert of works for voice, electronics, and video in West Hall Auditorium at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY


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Solo Performance at Hamilton College:

Pamela Z gives a solo multi-media performance for voice, electronics, and video as part of Hamilton College’s Performing Arts Series at Wellin Hall in Clinton, NY USA


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Solo Concert at Roulette:

Pamela Z perforrms a solo concert at 8:30pm at Roulette in New York, NY USA

20 Greene St, NYC (between Canal and Grand)



Pamela Z is a composer/performer 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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