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Winter 2024 [pz gazzetta l]
Pamela Z Arts' Newsletter (view online)

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Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2024: Milwaukee, WI
Present Music presents Pamela Z
Jan Serr Studio

Feb 4, 2024: Princeton, NJ
Sō Percussiion plays PZ's 20 Answers
Forum, Lewis Arts Complex

Feb 8, 2024: Bloomington, IN
Pamela Z at Indiana University
Auer Hall | Simon Music Center

Feb 24, 2024: Sheridan, WY
Pamela Z at Sheridan College
Whitney Center for the Arts

Apr 4, 2024: New York, NY
Pamela Z and D-Composed
Merkin Hall, Kaufmann Music Center

Apr 5, 2024: Princeton, NJ
The Animal Song Collective
Forum, Lewis Arts Complex

Apr 11, 2024: Palo Alto, CA
CCRMA 50th Anniversary Concert
CCRMA Stage Stanford University

Apr 24, 2024: Dusseldorf, Germany
Long Time Lung Time Continuuum
Stiftung IMAI


Pamela Z installation at MoMA, NY
Pamela Z Earblock sound sculpture (2022)


Gentle Gazzetta Readers,

Greetings from "the friendly skies". After a much-needed travel respite, I'm on the move again – heading for Milwaukee to participate in "Cello Cello!" a concert presented by Present Music that will include the premiere of Raise, a cello quartet I wrote for Nick Photinos.

Keeping On

In this time of disturbing world events and unrest, it seems that all I can do is to keep making and experiencing art, and I remain immersed in composing new and overdue commissioned works and attending performances and exhibitions of artists who inspire. Some of them raise their voices to directly address the urgent issues of the moment, while most just continue to offer up substantive expression of their expansive artistic visions.

And now I continue writing this after landing in Milwaukee, loading in at the venue, and attending the first rehearsals. It's been an absolute delight to finally hear the new piece played on real cellos by real musicians. Actually not just real musicians, but extraordinary players – Nick Photinos (one of the original founders of Eighth Blackbird), Paul Wianko (Kronos Quartet's new cellist), Adrien Zitoun (Milwaukee Symphony), and Susan Babini (principal cello of the New Century Chamber Orchestra). I'm tremendously honored to have this quartet premiering my new work.

Since the last Gazzetta, I've given performances in China, Italy, Michigan, and Southern California. I also showed an existing visual work – a little sound sculpture called Earblock – in a group exhibition alongside works by other members of my artist live/work community. I did an artist residency at CalArts alongside Ela Orleans, Attah Poku, Yosvany Terry, Cory Smythe, and Tomeka Reid. And I worked with the Living Earth Show during a residency at University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

And I'm still saddled (and blessed) with a number of due and overdue commissioned works that need completing. I'm feverishly working on This Impossible Building, my evening-length work for Roomful of Teeth and the Living Earth Show. When I finish that, I'll need to turn to Closed Loop, my work for Saint Paul's percussion/piano/reed ensemble Zeitgeist, and a piano & electronics take on three of the Goldberg Variations for pianist Jenny Q Chai. And there are still more commissions to follow, but these are the most pressing.

Sustenance and Inspiration

As always, the fuel that I need to keep my engine turning for all of this is the experience of other artists' work, and these recent months have had loads of that to offer.

PZ at the International Compuier Music Conference in Shenzhen

Ela, Cory, Pamela, Tomeka
Cory Smythe, Ela Orleans, Pamela Z, Tomeka Reid dining at the only place we could find open late in Valencia

Andy Meyerson in the percussion studio at U of Michigan
Andy Meyerson in the percussion studio at U of Michigan

Charles Amirkhanian, Pamela Z, Mark Appelbaum
Charles Amirkhanian, Pamela Z, Mark Applebaum hanging out at Other Minds

Del Sol Quartet
Del Sol Quartet playing Chinary Ung

Miller Puckette and Pamela Z
Miller Puckette and Pamela Z at Venice Music Biennale

Schick Machine
Stephen Schick in Schick Machine

PZ and Richard Dudas in China
PZ with Richard Dudas at the ICMC in Shenzhen

Living Earth Show in Michigan
Living Earth Show at U of Michigan

Victoria Shen
Evicshen speaking at C4NM in San Francisco


Exibition Detail at La Biennale
An exhibition detail at La Biennale Architettura

In October, I made my usual pilgrimage to the Venice Biennale (my first time at the Architecture one) where I filled up on visual exhibitions and new music concerts.

In November I finally got the chance to see Sam Green’s wonderful documentary, 32 Sounds, and I made it to most of the concerts on the Other Minds Festival.

December had a plethora of offerings, including Chinary Ung’s 80th birthday celebration, sfSound Group with Yarnwire at the Mosswood Chapel, the Dresher Ensemble and Steve Schick’s remounting of Schick Machine, choreographer/performance artist Sara Shelton Mann's latest romp at Project Artaud, a Center for New Music talk by Victoria Shen (aka Evicshen), an extraordinary performance of Cage's FOUR6 by Joan LaBarbara, Fred Frith, Theresa Wong, and Willie Winant, and some powerful concerts at The LAB, featuring music of Alvin Lucier, Charles Curtis, and Ben Vida.

This month, to start out the new year, I bathed my ears in the San Francisco Tape Music Festival at the Victoria Theater, and my eyes in the Yayoi Kusama installation, Infinite Love, at SFMOMA. I heard Michelle Moeller and Lea Bertucci in a lovely shared concert of electroacoustic music at The LAB and, just a day before embarking on this trip, I had the joy of hearing Roomful of Teeth with Gabriel Kahane and Attacca String Quartet at Herbst Theater in San Francisco.

Roomful of Teeth, Attacca, and Gabe KahaneRoomful of Teeth, Attacca, and Gabriel Kahane take a bow at SF Performances


All of these events provided me with the inspiration and sustenance I need to get working on all the new work I need complete. Meanwhile, I have quite a few live performance events of my own coming up – perhaps some of them in a city near you! Read on for details.

Much Love,




Photos by: Pamela Z, Beth Warshafsky, Celia Lyu, a Denny's waiter, Miller Puckette


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upcoming event details:

Present Music presents "Cello Cello"
including Pamela Z's Raise

Wed Jan 31 and Thur Feb 1, 2024
7:30 pm
Jan Serr Studio
Milwaukee, WI, USA

This concert features two World Premieres. Cellist and composer Paul Wiancko of the prestigious Kronos Quartet has written a brand new work for Present Music, and composer/performer Pamela Z has composed Raise, a stirring tribute to the people who raised us (commissioned by cellist Nick Photinos – founding member of 8th Blackbird) for cello quartet and a tape part composed of speech samples.

Jan Serr Studio
Kenilworth Square East
1925 East Kenilworth Pl, Milwaukee, WI 53202


Elevator Dial

The evening will also feature some of Wianko's other compositions, including American Haiku, When the Night, and Closed Universe, and a solo set of works for voice and electronics by Pamela Z

Sō Percussiion plays Pamela Z's 20 Answers

Sunday, February 4, 2024 2 pm
Forum, Lewis Arts Complex Princton University

As the contemporary musical landscape continues to evolve and thrive, Princeton’s own Sō Percussion operates at the forefront of a diverse international movement to champion forward-thinking composers.

On this concert, the Edward T. Cone performers-in-residence focus on the work of four visionary artists who challenge the way we listen and experience sound. With world premieres of works written for Sō by Claire Rousay and Leilehua Lanzilotti (who joins as a performer!), plus important pieces by trailblazers Pauline Oliveros and Pamela Z, Sō will explore various spaces in the Lewis Center for the Arts in a truly immersive concert experience.

Concert begins at the Forum, Lewis Arts Complex and continues at the CoLab and Lee Rehearsal Room.
Woolworth Center, Princeton, NJ 08544



Voices of Silicon Valley


Claire Rousay In Places
(performed by Sō Percussion plus Beth Meyers ) (World Premiere)

Pamela Z 20 Answers
(performed by Sō, Leilehua, Beth)

Leilehua Lanzilotti koʻu inoa
(performed by Leilehua)

Pauline Oliveros Future of Anonymity
(performed by Sō)

Leilehua Lanzilotti sending messages
(performed by Sō) (World Premiere)

Pamela Z's Heiligenstadt Lament
with IU New Music Ensemble

Thursday, February 8, 2024 8pm
Auer Hall | Simon Music Center

New Music Ensemble Indiana University presents:

Guest composer/performer Pamela Z, guest composers Nina Young and Jeffery Meyer, and guest conductor David Platt

Pamela Z
Heiligenstadt Lament (2018)

Pamela Z
Solo works for voice & electronics

Nina Young
Vestigia Flammae 

Daixuan Ai
The Burning of Yuan Ming Yuan (2023)


Flyaway Productions "If I Give You My Sorrows"

Pamela Z’s appearance is made possible in part by the Five Friends Master Class Series (honoring Robert Samels).


200 Jordan Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405

Pamela Z in Concert
at Sheridan College

Performances: Saturday, February 24, 2024 7 pm

Kinnison Hall at the Whitney Center for the Arts

Flyaway Productions "If I Give You My Sorrows"




The Arts at Sheridan College presents composer/performer and media artist Pamela Z in concert at 7pm in Kinneson Hall at the Whitney Center for the Arts.

Sheridan College
1 Whitney Way
Sheridan, WY 82801

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Pamela Z in Concert with D-Composed

Thursday, April 4, 2024 7:30pm
Kaufmann Music Center

Pamela Z

ARTIST AS CURATOR: Curated by Nathalie Joachim

A New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by John Schaefer
Composer and media artist Pamela Z performs solo and with D-Composed, the Chicago-based chamber music collective that honors Black creativity and culture.

The concert will feature solo and chamber works by Pamela Z and the world premiere of a new version of Grammy-nominated composer, flutist and vocalist Nathalie Joachim’s In Between (written for D-Composed and Pamela Z).

Merkin Hall
Kaufmann Music Center
129 West 67th Street
(btw Broadway and Amsterdam)
New York, NY 10023



Pamela Z solo performance
presented by the Animal Song Collective

Thursday, April 5th, 2024 4:30 pm
Choi Glass Box Theater

i nostri pini di roma



Pamela Z performs a short suite of works for voice and electrionics including Syrinx and Birdvoice in a concert at Princeton University's Choi Glass Box Theater in Yeh College, in a program presented by the Animal Song Collective.

Choi Glass Box Theater
Yeh College
Princeton University
Princeton NJ 08544

CCRMA 50th Anniversary Concert
Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics

Thursday, April 11th, 2024
CCRMA, Standford University

i nostri pini di roma

Pamela Z will give a performance of solo works for voice and electrionics in an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Accoustics at Stanford University.

The Knoll
660 Lomita
Stanford, CA 94305



LONG TIME LUNG TIME CONTINUUUM!!! (a conver-something)

April 23-25, 2024

As part of the opening of Simnikiwe Buhlungu's exhibition,

long time lung time continuuumn!!! (a conversomething),

Pamela Z will give a concert (including her solo version of Breathing from Carbon Song Cycle) and participate in an onstage conversation with the artist, at KIT - Kunst im Tunnel.

Following Images against Darkness in 2012 and Watch Out in 2018, the upcoming project, long time lung time continuuum!!! (a conver-something) is the third collaboration between IMAI – Inter Media Art Institute and KIT – Kunst im Tunnel in Düsseldorf. The project commenced with the invitation of artist Simnikiwe Buhlungu to research about the history and legacy of the IMAI archive with its roots in early experimental video works from the 1970s and 1980s but also post punk and new wave music from the Rhineland area and beyond.

KIT – Kunst im Tunnel
Mannesmannufer 1b 40213


Cal Arts AIR Week

Buhlungu gradually extended her invitation to artist Valie Export, the ventilation system of KIT, a Juno 6 synthesiser and musician Pamela Z by introducing the format of a conver-something that is already established within the artist’s practice. Taking an unusual formal turn, each guest has been approached to convene together in the underground tunnel space of KIT while exchanging possibilities of spatial lungwork and chronological interruptions. What can the assembly of these in-and-exhalations – as attempts of textual, sonic and infrastructural sustenance (for before; for after) – utter?


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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 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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