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Winter 2021 [pz gazzetta xl]
Pamela Z Arts' Quarterly Newsletter (view online)

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Through February 28, 2021
TIMES3 (Times × Times × Times)
Sound work by Pamela Z & Geoff Sobelle

January 30, 2021
Composers Now Festival Opening
Shared streaming concert presentation

February 27, 2021
fivebyfive Performs Z
Pamela Z's Twenty Answers

March 20, 2021
Pamela Z - Other Rooms
Live Solo Concert streamed by Princeton IAS

April 1, 2021
Pamela Z Live-Stream Concert
Presented by U of Maryland CIRCA

Archived | Ongoing:

Pamela Z sound work presented by
Deutschland Radio

Pamela Z Solo Concert
Presented by Mills College
Mills Music Now Series

PZ Mills Music NowStill from PZ's Mills Music Now concert video


Gentle Gazzetta Readers,

I miss you so much! I’ve been paddling my way through this dense pool of time – the consistency of firm jello – working hard to start and complete one project after another, and I’ve scarcely had a moment to come up for air, let alone write to you. But here I am now, attempting to deliver a short report about what I’ve been up to since we last spoke, while the world has been performing an astonishing series of sinister tricks, tomfoolery, impractical jokes, and the occasional miracle.

New Works and Endless Streaming Appearances
As I mentioned in the last Gazzetta, I’ve been working my way through some tightly scheduled, back-to-back composing deadlines, on a calendar that’s also peppered with live-streaming performances, lecture-demos, symposia, and panels – almost too numerous to keep track of.

The new works I’ve created during this extended lock-down period are currently all available for streaming online, as are several of the concerts I performed and talks I gave. If you hurry, you can still hear my newest piece – a sound work created in collaboration with theater artist Geoff Sobelle as part of New York’s PROTOTYPE Festival. That piece, Times3, is designed to be heard through headphones (either while strolling through Times Square, or while seated comfortably at home.) The audio stream will be available through February 28th, so make sure you check it out before then. By the way, The New York Times ran a very nice piece on me, in connection with this premiere, in thier 1/8/21 edition.

My other recently completed pieces – Simultaneous (a sound work made for radio) and And and And (a work for cello, sampling, and tape, composed for cellist Amanda Gookin) – are archived (indefinitely, as far as I know) on the web sites of the commissioning organizations.

PZ performing Blink
PZ performing Blink
in Rutgers concert

Shinichi and Dana Iova-Koga of Inkboat

Tony and Garrett
AO Scott in conversation with Rome Prize Fellow Garrett Bradley

The lovely and talented Hauschka plays Bang on a Can

Kathy Supove
Kathy Supové at Soapbox Gallery

Miya Masaoka and Pamela Z giving a joint talk for Yale CCAM

Rinde Eckert
Rinde in Breathing at the Boundaries

Taylor Mac
Taylor Mac in astounding costume and makeup

Yuka & Nels
Yuka Honda and Nels Cline playing Bang on a Can




PZ with Rotary Telephone

PZ performing Rotary Telephone in
Mills Music Now concert

Also archived online is a solo concert of works for voice, processing, gesture controllers, interactive video, and samples, which I created in my studio for Mills College’s “Mills Music Now” concert series. Scroll down to the details section of this Gazzetta, for links and information about these archived events.

It never ends...
And, as you probably suspected, there are more things coming up. I have several commissioned works that I need to compose in the coming months – including pieces for violinist Kate Stenberg and pianist Sarah Cahill (Stenberg|Cahill Duo), the new music choral ensemble Volti, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, and mezzo soprano Julia Bullock (with members of the San Francisco Symphony), to name just a few. I also have some online performance events approaching, including solo voice & electronics concerts as well as streaming performances by chamber ensembles, of some of my existing works. (Details below!)

Art continues virtually...
I’ve attended as many performances, talks, and online exhibitions as I could manage in these strange (and stranglely busy) times. Some have been extraordinary, and some have made strikingly clever use of the bizarre new venue we’re all gigging at these days. I saw a captivating and absurdly playful piece by members of inkboat (Shinichi and Dana Iova-Koga) and Ann Carlson in which, among other things, the performers kept stopping mid-action as if the Zoom feed had frozen, thus messing with our perceptions of what was real and what wasn’t.

I also saw Volti perform a charming work by composer Danny Clay which utilized a video-animated graphic score. And both Meredith Monk and Ann Hege created live ensemble works that played with the looseness of time – making deliberate use of the latency inherent in Zoom calls.

I attended a number of episodes of Rinde Eckert’s bi-weekly “Toybox” performances, saw a couple of fine solo concerts by Alvin Curran (streaming from Rome), and a truly grand and poetic work of dance theater by Magaret Jenkins Dance Company and the Paul Dresher Ensemble (with Rinde as a special guest). Bang on a Can continued to present streaming marathons well into Fall – always delightful and diverse – and Claire Chase presented the latest iteration of her colossal Density 2036 project as a ceremoniously staged streaming event.

I've spent what might seem like an inordinate number of hours seeing art streamed over the Internet these recent months. But this is the stuff that brings inspiration and, I dare say, substance to my own work, while providing anchoring mile-markers along the way, to help structure this seemingly endless period of solitude. I know that many of you have been joining me in those front-row seats in the Zoom concert hall, and I look forward to perhaps meeting you during intermission at the next one, for a glass of bubbly in the virtual lobby.



Photos: Zoom screenshots and video stills by Pamela Z and Scarlett Freund (from videos and performances by Pamela Z, Alex Nichols, Tayler Mac, inkBoat, and others)


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upcoming (and ongoing archived) event details:

(Times × Times × Times)
a site specific sonic experience by Pamela Z and Geoff Sobelle

Available through February 28, 2021

The PROTOTYPE Festival (Beth Morrison Projects and HERE) presents: Times3

This sound work is designed to be experienced through headphones
(either in Times Square NYC, or in the comfort of your home)

Launched Saturday January 9, the work is available through February 28, 2021

Times Cubed

Enjoy the World Premiere streaming sonic experience Times3 (Times × Times × Times), created by composer/performer Pamela Z and theater artist Geoff Sobelle.

Don your best headphones and sit in a comfortable place at home or take a walk in Times Square and hear a score that draws together past, present, and future. Imagine a city carved by countless hands from a place once thick with trees…which may be headed that way again.

For your free ticket, click here. (Please note each ticket purchase allows for unlimited access to Times3 through February 28.)

To stream the experience, please go to https:bit.ly/2XqfvFw. If you have any issues, please reach out to tickets@prototypefestival.org.

We recommend wearing headphones for the best sonic experience.
You can peruse the program for Times3 here.

The duration of Times3 (Times × Times × Times) is approximately 30 minutes.


Composers Now Presents:
2021 Composers Now Festival Opening Event

Saturday January 30, 2021
4pm PST / 7 pm EST
| $10

Hosted by Founding Artistic Director Tania León, this event kicks off the 11th annual month-long festival with a diverse program and the annual Composers Now Visionary Award - presented, this year, to Joan Tower.

The evening also celebrates Paloma Alonso with the First Commission Award and the world premiere her new work. The First Commission Award provides pre-college composers with support aimed to encourage artistic potential and creative development.

The program continues with video of works and introductions by Anthony Cheung, inti figgis-vizueta, Donal Fox, Alba Potes and Pamela Z

Society of Fellows

A URL to the event will be included in your confirmation email after purchasing a ticket. You can also access the stream from the event page on Eventbrite.

Composers Now empowers all living composers, celebrates the diversity of their voices and honors the significance of their artistic contributions to the cultural fabric of sociey.

Tickets and stream URL: HERE



fivebyfive in a live-streamed performance of
Pamela Z's

and a live chat with the composer

Saturday, February 27, 2021 1:30pm EST (10:30am PST)

fivebyfive, an artist-led, Rochester NY-based chamber ensemble, will give a live-streamed performance of Pamela Z's Twenty Answers, a work for chamber ensemble and Magic 8-balls.

This performance will be followed by a live composer chat with Pamela Z (moderated by host Evan Maccarello.)

Live stream on FaceBook and at



Pamela Z


Saturday, March 20, 2021 8pm EDT (5pm PDT)

PZphoto: John Suvannavejh

As part of the Edward T. Cone Concert Series
curated by Artist-in-Residence David Lang,
Pamela Z will give a live-streaming solo concert of works for voice and elecronics.

IAS | Institute for Advancded Study


UMBC CIRCA presents
Pamela Z in Concert

Live streaming solo concert

Thursday, April 1, 2021 7pm EDT (4pm PDT)

Pamela Z will perform a program consisting of short solo works for voice, real-time electronic processing, sampled sounds, wireless gesture controllers. The performance, which will combine composed works with a few improvisational pieces, will include stand-alone concert-works as well as excerpts from her larger intermedia performance works.


CIRCA | Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts

University of Maryland, Baltimore County


PZscreenshot: Scarlett Freund

Pamela Z

a soundwork on the phenomenon of simultaneity

(archived online)

Pamela Z’s radiowork Simultaneous, which had its broadcast premiere in December of 2020, is now archived here for streaming at your convenience.

Simultaneous (duration: 44’33”) is a sound work exploring many facets of the concept of simultaneity. The work, which makes use of voice – both as speech sounds and singing, was developed, in large part, during Ms. Z's fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. The piece features the sampled speaking voices of 2019/21 Rome Prize Fellows, visiting artists and scholars, and some residents and staff, as well as a few voices recorded outside of Rome.

PZphoto: Mark Poucher

This broadcast archive begins with about three minues of intro by the host (in German) peppered with some interview material with Pamela Z. Then the actual piece begins.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur



Pamela Z in Concert


Presented by the Mills College Music Department, the Center for Contemporary Music, and the Mills Performing Arts Center

(archived online)

This concert, recorded in Pamela Z's San Francisco studio, was streamed by Mills College in October of 2020, as part of their 2020/21 Mills Music Now concert series.

It is now archived here for streaming at your convenience.

Mills College Music Department and
Center for Contemporary Music



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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, a Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, the Creative Capital Fund, the Herb Alpert Award, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention and the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship. www.pamelaz.com

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