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Spring 2021 [pz gazzetta xli]
Pamela Z Arts' Quarterly Newsletter (view online)

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PZ Performing on ZoomPZ peforming on ZOOM


May 6, 2021: Online Live Stream
Live-Streamed Solo Concert
Live Solo Concert streamed by BEMIS Center

May 29, 2021: Portland, OR
Epic Ephemora (live video/audio event)
Portland Art Museum

June 18, 2021: Online Streaming Concert
SF Contemporary Music Players
Pamela Z performs works by Z and Shaw

June 18, 2021: Solo Album Release
Pamela Z: A Secret Code
Neuma Records

Extended Through June 30, 2021
TIMES3 (Times × Times × Times)
Sound work by Pamela Z & Geoff Sobelle

August 12-16, 2021: New York, NY
Time:Spans Festival
DiMenna Center for Classical Music

Archived | Ongoing:

Pamela Z's INK featuring VOLTI
virtual choral work presented by Volti

Pamela Z sound work presented by
Deutschland Radio


Gentle Gazzetta Readers,

With a great deal of (possibly misguided) hopefulness, we are all beginning to step out again – one toe at a time – aren't we? Our first meal out? Our first live performance or gallery exhibition? Our first maskless visit with a friend? Fully vaxed, I, for one, am keen to start remembering how to wear clothes again and how to be face-to-face with 3-dimensional people!

Face to Screen
Meanwhile, I dare say, I’ve grown accustomed to regarding my countless face-to-screen interactions as social “outings”. And, I’ve definitely gotten a lot of work made during these relentless months of solitude.

Since my last writing, I completed and premiered a new virtual chorus work called Ink, commissioned by the Bay Area chamber chorus, Volti. I’ve finished my latest (and first since 2004) solo album, A Secret Code, which is slated for an official June release on Neuma Records. I’ve signed a publishing agreement with C.F. Peters for one of my chamber works, Attention (which was commissioned by Del Sol Quartet in 2016).

Celeste (still from Ink: Blink)
Celeste Winant in a still from the "Blink" movement of Ink

A Secret Code
A Secret Code CD cover art

Dances for Doing
Scene from Catherine Galasso's Dances for Doing

Miya with BOAC
Miya Masaoka with the BOAC Holy Trinity

Anthony Roth Costanzo
Anthony Roth Costanzo performing Joel Thompson on the BOAC Marathon

PZ performing Hairlights
PZ performing Hairlights on a live-stream UMBC concert

Alinéa Ensemble
Alinéa Ensemble peform Twenty Answers

Vicky Chow
Vicky Chow performing Rohan Chander on the BOAC Marathon






Volti Ink: Link
Still from the "Link" movement of Ink

And I’ve performed, and had my work performed, in numerous live-streaming concerts. Many of these things – along with several upcoming events – are available for your listening and viewing pleasure. Scroll down for details.

Stepping out...
I recently attended my first – in over a year – live, in-person event. I went to Catharine Clark Gallery to see Catherine Galasso’s Dances for Doing – a site-specific work made in response to Jen Bervin’s exhibition Doing and Undoing. After having having a look at Jen’s engaging installation, the audience sat in spaced chairs watching the dance through the floor-to-ceiling lobby windows. It was thrilling (if a bit unnerving) to be with a group of strangers while taking in new pieces by two artists whose work I adore. I really do look forward to my next outing (which will be a trip to SFMOMA for the Nam June Paik retrospective).

...and staying in
I’ve also done a fair amount of art-seeing from the comfort of my computer chair, where I’ve spent an alarming percentage of my time in the past year. Bang On A Can continues to keep contemporary music composers and performers in work with frequent online marathons. The most recent ones have included newly commissioned works from artists like Joan La Barbara, Miya Masaoka, Tomeka Reid, Moor Mother, Joel Thompson, and Bora Yoon. I’ve also seen some truly exceptional concerts presented by Cal Performances and SF Performances featuring the likes of Theo Bleckmann and Jeremy Denk. Mills College – our beloved Mills – has been busily presenting exciting work on the Mills Music Now series and on end-of-the year student composer and ensemble showcases. And I’ve attended online performances of my work, Twenty Answers, by two different chamber ensembles (Alinéa Ensemble and Five by Five), this past season.

From this very chair, I’ve given artist talks and visits to music schools and art departments including Stanford, NYU, Yale, Princeton, Concordia, Leeds, Maryland, Austin, and Juilliard.

PZ in creepy mask
PZ with creepy, uncanny-valley-esque mask
And I even participated in an online photo-shoot for a planned exhibition of mask portraits by visual artist Elena Dorfman.

In the coming months, I’ll continue working in my studio to complete several outstanding commissioned works, but I also have some actual travel plans. I’ll be in New York, this summer, for an exhibition of a my new 3-D sound work at the Time:Spans Festival, as part of my EMPAC residency. And, hopefully, in Hamburg for the Reflektor Festival at Elbphilharmonie, in the fall.

Here’s hoping that, by then, we can all jump in with both feet, and the water will be fine!



David Humphrey and Pamela ZDavid Humphrey with his portrait of PZ, and PZ with David's monograph

Photos by: Catherine Galasso and rubra (courtesy of Ars Eletronica), Zoom screenshots and video stills by Pamela Z


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upcoming (and ongoing archived) event details:

PAMELA Z: Live Streamed Concert
as part of the BEMIS Center's VIRTUAL @ LOW END series

Thursday May 6th, 2021
6pm Pacific | 8pm Central | 9pm Eastern


Pamela Z performs solo works for voice and electronics as part of Virtual @ Low End, presented by the BEMIS Center, Omaha, NE USA

LOW END is Bemis Center’s music venue and an integral part of the Sound Art + Experimental Music Program. The unique artist-designed space features free live shows by local, national, and international sound artists, composers, and experimental musicians.


These performances aim to not only build greater appreciation and new audiences but also to liberate the artists to take risks and present truly avant-garde work.

STREAM: twitch.tv/bemiscenter
Twitch account not required.


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



Epic Ephemora

Saturday May 29, 2021
9pm PST


PZ on PAM wall

Pamela Z will give a solo performance, as part of a shared evening, live-streamed and projected on the exterior walls of the museum as part of Epic Ephemera at Portland Art Museum (PAM) in Portland, OR USA

As Ms. Z performs live from her studio in San Francisco, her image and video work will be projected on the exterior walls of the Portland Art Museum and her sound will be projected through a speaker system there, for a live, outdoor audience.

The Portland Art Museum presents a series of outdoor digital installations guest-curated by Fernanda d’Agostino and Sarah Turner of the Mobile Projection Unit. Working within the precariousness of the current moment, this exhibition embraces the temporal nature of new media work in a series of one-night installations that reimagine space at an epic scale and unravel hidden mythologies.

This series concludes with a massive live video & audio experience with pioneers in interactive video, sound, and movement – Pamela Z and keyon gaskin – each performing a solo set in Breaking Ground on Saturday, May 29.


Portland Art Museum (PAM)
1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR


on STAGE series
Voices in Reverberation

Friday June 18, 2021 8pm Pacific

Pamela Z performs her Breathing (from Carbon Song Cycle) and premieres a new work composed for her and members of SFCMP by Caroline Shaw.

In the on STAGE series, SFCMP shines a spotlight on West Coast composers to celebrate some of the brightest luminaries from the Bay Area on a program including John Adams' large-ensemble work Son of Chamber Symphony, a new work by Caroline Shaw commissioned by SFCMP for instrumental quartet and Bay Area sound artist and vocalist Pamela Z, Amadeus Regucera's Inexpressible v.2, Los Angeles’ Andrew Norman's  Sabina, and Pamela Z's Breathing (from Carbon Song Cycle).

June 2021 SFCMP  Composers

Premieres 6/18/2021 @8PM Pacific. Available through 7/18/2021

Webcast and On Demand for 30 days


San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
San Francisco , CA



Pamela Z's new album

Friday, June 18, 2021

On Friday, June 18, 2021, Neuma Records will release A Secret Code, Pamela Z's new, long-awaited solo CD.

Her first solo album since the 2004 Starkland release (A Delay is Better), A Secret Code is a collection of works spanning two decades – including studio recordings of works from Z's solo concert repertoire, fixed media works, and songs excerpted from dance scores and full evening performance works.

The street date is June 18, 2021, and the album will be available as physical CDs and via digital service providers.

Stay tuned for details...



A Secret Code

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

Available through June 30, 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 June 30, 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 June 30.)

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.


EMPAC Wave Field Synthesis Array Showcase

Thursday, August 12 - Monday, August 16, 2021
DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York

Pamela Z will show a new 3-D Composition in an installation of the EMPAC Wave Field Synthesis Array as part of TIME:SPANS at MARY FLAGLER CARY HALL in New York, NY USA

Ms. Z’s new work will be featured along with that of Miya Masaoka, Bora Yoon, and Nina C. Young, in the EMPAC Wave Field Synthesis Array Showcase that will be on exhibit in Mary Flagler Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York.

EMPAC Wave Field Synthesis Array

The works will be shown from August 12 - 16th, 2021, as part of the TIME:SPANS  Festival.

Co-Presented by TIME:SPANS and The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

EMPAC Showcase of commissioned works by Miya Masaoka, Bora Yoon, and Pamela Z and a new work by Nina C. Young commissioned by The Earle Brown Music Foundation Charitable Trust

Curated by Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti


DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 W 37th Street, New York, NY




Volti presents
Pamela Z's INK
a new work for virtual chamber chorus


Premiered on April 24th, Pamela Z's Ink, remains available to be viewed online.

Ink unfolds in five sonically distinct movements that variously use standard notation, graphic elements, instructions, and rote transmission of sung and spoken vocal material. Speech fragments from interviews with the Volti singers make up a portion of the sonic structure and determine some of the work's melodic and rhythmic passages. 


Volti commissioned Pamela Z to compose this work specifically for their current online streaming performance series. For the best experience, watch full screen and listen through stereo headphones or a good pair of stereo speakers.


San Francisco


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 2019/20 Rome Prize Fellows, visiting artists and scholars, and some residents and staff, as well as a few voices recorded outside of Rome.

photo: 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




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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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