(all the gnus)
June 2011 [pz gazzetta viii] (view online)  

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event highlights:

Sunday, June 5, 2011
A viola-centric evening

violist Hank Dutt (of Kronos Quartet),
violist Charlton Lee (of Del Sol Quartet),
musician and technologist JHNO (John Eichenseer)
with Pamela Z (vox & electronics)

Royce Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Pamela Z @ Garden of Memory
A columbarim walk-through event
Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium
Oakland, CA

Friday, July 1, 2011
Pamela Z solo Concert
Walden School Visiting artist Concert Series
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall, Dublin, NH

Friday & Saturday, July 8 & 9, 2011
Works by Amy X Neuburg, Pamela Z, & others
Royce Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Friday & Saturday, July 29, 2011
Movers & talkers: Atchleys, Dean Santomieri, Pamela Z, Momio, Kinji Hayashi, Leigh Evans
Royce Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Friday August 12, 2011
The Qube Chix (Leigh Evans, Julie Queen, & Pamela Z) reunite for an evening of old & new.
Royce Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Wedneday, June 1, 2011

SUCCESS! We Did It!!
Baggage Allowance online project
Funded by YOU!
World Wide Web, Earth

Yield to Whim

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Public launch for the new,web-based art work
BAVC , San Francisco, CA


August 2011
Pamela Z's Sound and Performance Workshop
Pamela Z's Studio, San Francisco, CA

Spanish Nights, Crowd-Funding Daze, & Avant Chamber Series

Gentle Gazzetta Readers,

April and May have been very eventful months for me marked by a wonderful trip to Barcelona and my first experience with “crowd-funding” – giving me a lot to ponder as I head into a summer filled with Room Series concerts.

Ah, Catalonia!
After two times in Spain – both for gigs in Madrid – third time was a charm and I finally got invited to Barcelona! I gave two solo performances in the Festival Internacional de Poesia de Barcelona – organized by the unstoppable Eduard Escoffet. It was me, Diamanda Galas, and a bunch of poets – and the festival published two of my works (Pop Titles ‘You’ and Flare Stains) in a commemorative book. Congratulate me; I’m now a published poet – translated into Catalan, no less!

Barcelona was beautiful, and I had a great time with those tireless Spaniards – 3-course afternoon lunches, dining at 10pm, and hopping from place to place drinking half the night every night! It was truly too much fun. I got to share the opening evening at the Palau de la Musica with a lot of amazing and diverse poets, and my second concert at Fundació Joan Miró with the dynamic Arnaldo Altunes. The first concert was framed by music from Orquestra Mecànica de Cabo San Roque, an amazing MIDI-driven mechanical “orchestra” made from the antique servos and other mechanical materials scavenged from a defunct biscuit factory. Opening the evening with a rousing arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, it drew to mind Trimpin, or Ballet Mechanique, or the Italian Futurists. Every day in Barcelona was joy. I was very absorbed in meeting and interacting with the other artists at the festival events, but I also fit in visits to the Antoni Tàpies Museum and the MACBA, and some great walking through the beautiful city.

Crowd-Funding Success!
This morning, on KQED’s Forum, I heard Anna Deveare Smith say “We should be deeply honored when someone comes forward and supports us in the arts.” My sentiments, exactly! I feel tremendously honored by the outpouring of support (both financial and moral) from all my friends, colleagues, and fans of my work. I just successfully completed an online funding campaign through United States Artists for my web-based work Baggage Allowance. Thanks to many of you, I was able to raise the funds to finally complete the piece I’ve been working on for so long!

The experience of using an online micro-philanthropy site (in the Kick-Starter model) has been an interesting one indeed. I have to be honest and say that it’s been both stressful and fun to do this campaign. It can be awkward reaching out to friends and colleagues for support, and there’s always the fear of crossing a line with people, so I hope everyone has taken my (too numerous) e-missives in the spirit in which they were meant. It can also be a thrilling ride navigating this sort of thing towards its conclusion and watching the support come in. And it’s heartwarming to see the long list of people who honor me with their support and/or wishes! I’m extremely thankful to the foundation United States Artists, for including me in their curated group of projects to raise funds on their site, and for their generous advice, encouragement, and infrastructural support. And, mostly, I’m tremendously grateful to the illustrious list of people who gladly supported me either with contributions or with words of support and/or made efforts to get the word out for me. There were 98 who made financial gifts, and also many who felt compelled to write or call with kind words even if they couldn’t donate. Thanks you! ALL of you!

Baggage Allowance Launch
Some of you have seen the performance work at Z Space (Theater Artaud) in San Francisco or at The Kitchen in New York. Some have seen the installation works at the Krannert Museum in Illinois or portions in the lobbies of the performance venues or at my Open Studios last year. Now, finally, the web-based version of the Baggage Allowance is coming to completion and is soon to be publicly launched. BAVC (my organizational partner on the project) will be hosting the San Francisco launch on July 28th. But everyone worldwide will also be invited at that time to experience the piece, when I’ll be revealing the now-secret URL! Meanwhile, documentation of some of the performance and installation portions of the work is available on my Vimeo channel, and my USArtists Project page.

Room Series
My little avant chamber series, Room, continues into the summer with concerts in June, July, and August. There will be a night of violas (coming up right away–this weekend on Sunday night!), a weekend of the Robin Cox ensemble in July – playing a repertoire that includes works by Amy X Neuburg and myself and, in August, the long awaited return of The Qube Chix! Read the events listings in this gazette for details!

And, I’m bringing back my sound and performance workshop, this summer, for anyone who’s been wanting to take it. I’ll be teaching it through my own studio this time, in August, on a schedule soon to be determined. Please email me directly if you are interested or curious, and I’ll keep you posted on the specifics as they’re solidified.

Happy Summer to all of you, and once again I thank you!



O'Leary Ball
PZ with Miró on Terrace

Ancient City at Night

PZ Circling
The grand Palau de la Musica

PZ  & Ronee
Orquestra Mechànica detail

around the table
Another Orquestra Mechànica Closeup

Ladies of the Barn
Plaza Catalunya Monument

Trimpin Pipes
Some Catalonian street art

PZ at home
Back at home.

upcoming details:

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Pamela Z Productions presents:

(an evening of violas)

June 5, 2011 Sunday 8pm
Royce Gallery: 2901 Mariposa St (between Harrison & Alabama Streets) San Francisco

Featuring violists:

Hank Dutt (of Kronos Quartet),
Charlton Lee (of Del Sol Quartet),
and JHNO (aka DelicateEar)

(solo performances followed by an ensemble finale with host
Pamela Z

Pamela Z (photo: Donald Swearingen)
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets, or at the Door.


A columbarim walk-through event

June 21, 2011 Tuesday 5-9 pm
Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium
4499 Piedmont Ave | Oakland, CA, USA

Pamela Z solo peformance as part of the Garden of Memory Annual Walk-through Summer Solstice New Music Performance Event. The program will feature simultaneous performances by Bay Area composers, musicians, and other performers presenting a variety of acoustic and electronic music and video in different parts of the beautiful, Julia Morgan-designed building ; the audience is free to move throughout the building during the performances.


Pamela Z solo Concert at
Visiting artist Concert Series
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall, Dublin, NH

July 1, 2011 Friday

Pamela Z
will perform a solo concert of works for voice, electronics and video.


August 2011

Pamela Z's sound and performance workshop exploring experimental music, audio art, and interdisciplinary performance practices is being scheduled for August 2011. Participants will explore experimental composition techniques, and the work and ideas of new music composers and sound art practitioners, receive demonstration and hands-on instruction with tools (software, hardware etc.) and techniques for the creation of sound and performance works, and create and present works of their own.

To make inquiries about the workshop visit pamelaz.com/soundwork.html
or email
Pamela Z at Pamela Z dot Com
or call 415 861 EARS




Longer Burning
Longer Burning

Q: Why is a viola better than a violin?
A: Violist Hank Dutt (of Kronos Quartet), violist Charlton Lee (of Del Sol Quartet) and musician and technologist JHNO (John Eichenseer)
will perform solo and ensemble works for viola and viola & electronics. In the tradition of Room Series events, the three violists will each present a solo set, and then all three will be joined by composer/performer and series host Pamela Z in an ensemble finale for three violas, voice, and electronics.

One night only on Sunday, June 5, 2011, 8pm
Admission $10 (at the door or through Brown Paper Tickets


More ROOM Series 2011 Season:
Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa Street, San Francisco

all concerts 8pm

7.8.11 & 7.9.11
room: RCE
Robin Cox Ensemble
In an evening including works by Bay Area composers Amy X Neuburg, Pamela Z, and others.

room: Poetry + Motion
Sonic artists using language and movement artists dancing in close quarters. Featuring: The Atchleys, Kinji Hayashi, Dean Santomieri, Shinichi Iova Koga, Pamela Z, Leigh Evans.

room: Pamela Z + The Qube Chix
Return of The Qube Chix... Beneath the Planet of The Qube Chix... The Qube Chix Locked and Loaded... The Qube Chix Ride Again... Qube Chix Too.

The Qube Chix
The Qube Chix
ca 1992


Public launch for the new,web-based art work

July 28, 2011 Thursday 6-8 pm
Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) :
2727 Mariposa Street 2nd Floor, San Francisco

Suitcase X-Ray

The Qube Chix


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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, 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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or you can write a check to Circuit Network with "Pamela Z Productions" in the notation and send it to:
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