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Summer 2024 [pz gazzetta li]
Pamela Z Arts' Newsletter (view online)

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June 21, 2024: Oakland, CA
Garden of Memory
Chapel of the Chimes

July 17, 2024: San Francisco, CA
Inheritances: Tendler plays Z
Brava Theater

August 11, 2024: West Stockbridge, MA
Pamela Z Solo Concert
The Foundry

September 6-8, 2024: Ellsworth, WI
Closed Loop: Zeitgeist plays Z
Barringer Family Farms

September 30, 2024: Berkeley, CA
Pamela Z | Danishta Rivero | Anthony Green in Concert

November 14, 2024: Omaha, NE
Live @ Low End
BEMIS Center


Pamela Z installation at MoMA, NY
Pamela Z in the Music Studio at ACA (photo: Sadie Woods)


Gentle Gazzetta Readers,

Here we are about to slip into summer! And, as usual, it starts with the joyful noise of “Garden of Memory” at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland. For those of you unfamiliar, this is an annual walk-through marathon concert event presented by New Music Bay Area every June on the evening of the solstice, when dozens of performing members of the contemporary music community fill every corner of the labyrinthine, Julia Morgan-designed columbarium.

This year, I’m sharing my niche with composer/clarinetist Evan Ziporyn, and we’re planning to have a grand time trading solo sets peppered with some improvisatory duo moments. Garden of Memory is always a high point, and definitely my preferred way to start the summer.

Off to a Good Start
The first half of 2024 has been quite rich for me, with travels and art-filled adventures. This past February, in Milwaukee, I had the joy of hearing one of my latest commissioned works produced by Present Music and performed by a stellar quartet of cellists (including Nick Photinos, who commissioned the work, and Paul Wiancko, Kronos Quartet’s new cellist). And in April, I was honored to perform at Merkin Hall and have some of my works performed by the Chicago chamber collective D-Composed. I also traveled to Europe in April to give a performance at a very special underground (literally) art gallery KIT (Kunst im Tunnel) in Düsseldorf, at the invitation of artist Simnikiwe Buhlungu. And from there, I went on to Italy to attend La Biennale di Venezia with my friend, filmmaker Sandra Davis.

And last month, I had the great pleasure of getting to know and interact with six extraordinary composers (Danishta Rivera, Anthony Green, Brittany Green, Molly Jones, Alessandro Maione, and Lisa Degrace) during an artist residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. I was supposed to be their mentor, but I think I really had more to learn from them than they did from me.

Powerful Work
Since my last writing, I’ve experienced some very impactful concerts, exhibitions, and performances across the US and in Europe. In February, the transnational African dance company L’École des Sables performed Pina Bausch's Rite of Spring at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. I found the performance riveting and surprisingly true to Bausch’s original setting. And Miya Masaoka returned to The Lab in San Francisco to give a beautiful concert with Hans Tammen. In March, The Lab presented a brilliantly staged and performed concert of Robert Ashley works (Automatic Writing and a Spanish language translation of The Backyard).

Nick Photinos, Paul Wiancko, Susan Babini, and Adrien Zitoun
Nick Photinos, Paul Wiancko, Susan Babini, and Adrien Zitoun at Present Music

Pamela Z and John Schaefer
John Schaefer interviews PZ at Merkin Hall

Meyenberg installation in Venice
Valdéz bronze sculptures on St. Marks Piazza

Exibition Detail at La Biennale
PZ on the Grand Canal in Venice

ACA Associate Artists
Associate Artists at ACA

Stage Crew at Zellerbach Hall
An army of stage hands raking earth on the stage for Bausch's Rite of Spring

Miya Masaoka and Hans Tammen
Miya and Hans taking a bow at The Lab

Matmos at Bang on a Can Long Play

Schick Machine
Curtain Call for the Cast and Crew of Innocence at SF Opera





Meyenberg installation in Venice
Installation in the Mexican Pavillion in the Arsenale at La Biennale

In April, I did my best to visit every Venice Biennale pavilion. A standout for me was a mixed media work by Erick Meyenberg at Arsenal, featuring an immersive 4-channel video surrounding a porcelain rendering of a long table setting.

Then in May, I attended Bang On A Can’s “Long Play Festival” in Brooklyn, where I heard one amazing concert after the next – including Ekemeles performing exquisite vocal music by George Lewis, Dither performing an acoustic transcription of a Laurie Spiegel work, and the Bang on a Can All Stars in a Riuichi Sakamoto tribute concert.

This month I had one the most moving opera experiences I can remember at SF Opera’s production of Kaija Saariaho’s Innocence. This tremendous (and disturbing) work was exceptional on every level – from the difficult but touching score to the virtuosic and sensitive performances of the ensemble cast and opera chorus on the continuously revolving and constantly changing set.

BOAC Music For 18 Musicians at BAMBang On A Can All Stars and Guests with Steve Reich after performing Music for 18 Musicians

More to Come
I completed some commissioned works in these past months, but I still have more composing to do and more scheduled performances of new and existing work. Adam Tendler will be playing my work alongside that of the other composers in his Inheritances project at Brava Theater next month, and this fall the Twin Cities-based Zeitgeist will premiere Closed Loop, a piece I’m still working on as we speak. As always, I have a number of other solo performances scheduled as well. Scroll down and read on for details!





Photos by: Sadie Woods, Pamela Z, Beth Warshafsky, Sandra Davis, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán 


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upcoming event details:

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

Friday June 21, 2024
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

This year PZ shares her niche with composer/clarinetist Evan Ziporyn, and they will alternate sets in the Garden of St. Paul.

Garden of Memory features continuous simultaneous performances by Bay Area composers and musicians presenting a variety of acoustic and electronic music in a walk-through concert 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.

A map of this year's performer locations can be found here: 

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


Pamela Z @ Chapel of the Chimes


(Tendler plays Pamela Z's Thank You So Much)

Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 7:30pm
Brava Theater

Pamela Z, Kate Stenberg, & Sarah Cahill

After his father’s unexpected death, acclaimed New York-based pianist Adam Tendler used his inheritance – a wad of cash received in a parking lot – to begin a commissioning project, inviting some of today’s most influential composers and sound artists to create new piano works exploring the idea of inheritance itself. Woven into an intimate program, these pieces tell a universal story of lineage, loss, and place, and result in a meditation on confronting our past while moving toward the future.

The San Francisco premiere of Inheritances, presented by Other Minds at Brava Theater, features works by Laurie Anderson, Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Devonté Hynes, inti figgis-vizueta, Pamela Z, Ted Hearne, Angélica Negrón, Christopher Cerrone, Marcos Balter, Darian Donovan Thomas, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Scott Wollschleger, Mary Prescott, Timo Andres and John Glover.

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OTHER MINDS special event at
Brava Theater
2781 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94110


Pamela Z performance at James Casebere Opening

In a shared event celebrating an exhibition of James Casebere’s Shou Sugi Ban Sculptures, Pamela Z will perform works for voice and electronics and Samiya Bashir will give a reading of her poetry. This event will be a reunion of three 2019/2020 Rome Prize Fellows.

James Casebere’s work has addressed architecture from the start by building models to photograph. For this exhibition, Casebere will present a new series of large-scale wooden geometric sculptures that engage notions of synthetic nature: bio-design—or self-generating forms that suggest organic or inorganic growth. 
60 Round Lake Road in Rhinebeck, NY



Voices of Silicon Valley
Casebere's Seeds of Time (concurrently on view at Sean Kelly, NY)


Pamela Z solo concert at The Foundry

Sunday, August 11, 2024 7pm
The Foundry

Pamela will give a performance of works for solo voice and electronics at The Foundry at 7pm in West Stockbridge, MA

Tickets: $25 in advance / $30 at door

Seating/Bar: 6:30PM   Show:  7:00PM

This event is indoors.

The Foundry
2 Harris Street, West Stockbridge, MA 01266


Flyaway Productions "If I Give You My Sorrows"

Zeitgeist premieres Pamela Z's Closed Loop

September 6-8, 2024
Barringer Family Farms

Flyaway Productions "If I Give You My Sorrows"



The Twin Cities-based new music ensemble, Zeitgeist, has commissioned Pamela Z to compose a work called Closed Loop, exploring agriculture and the Farm-to-Table movement. Stemming from a study that Z did during her 2015 McKnight Artist Residency, this piece will premiere in September at Barringer Family Farms.

More information to come.

Barringer Family Farms
N4815 810th St, Ellsworth, WI 54011


CNMAT presents
Pamela Z | Danishta Rivero | Anthony R. Green

September 30, 2024 8pm
Center for New Music and Audio Technologies

Pamela Z | Danishta Rivero | Anthony R. Green

Composer/Performers Pamela Z (San Francisco), Danishta Rivero (Oakland), and Anthony R. Green (Brighton, UK) will perform an evening of works for voices, electronics, and piano. at Center for New Music and Audio Technologies CNMAT at 8pm in Berkeley, CA

The three artists will intersperse composed solo works with improvised trios – finding curious intersections between their individual sonic and performance practices.

CNMAT Center for New Music and Audio Technologies
1750 Arch Street
Berkeley, CA 94709


Pamela Z Live @ Low End

Thursday, November 14, 2024 8pm
BEMIS Center

Pamela Z

Pamela Z will perform a concert of works for solo voice and electronics at BEMIS Center for Contemporary Arts.

BEMIS Center
724 S. 12th Street Omaha, NE 68102




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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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