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Fall 2021 [pz gazzetta xlii]
Pamela Z Arts' Quarterly Newsletter (view online)
Pamela Z (photo: Elena Dorfman)
Oct 10, 2021: Hamburg, Germany
Oct 14-17, 2021: San Francisco, CA
co-hosting OTHER MINDS Festival
Taube Atrium Theater (+ live Stream)
Nov 8, 2021: Brooklyn, NY
Society of Fellows: SALONE
Roulette Intermedium (+ live stream)
Dec 12, 2021: San Francisco, CA
Album Release Performance
Center for New Music
Jan 11, 2022: Los Angeles, CA
LA Philharmonic Green Umbrella
Walt Disney Concert Hall
February 26-27, 2022: Rome, Italy
Auditorium Parco della Musica
RELEASE RELEASE RELEASE...
Gentle Gazzetta Readers,
Can we all agree this has been a strange year? Just when we thought 2020 took the prize, 2021 has managed to confound us in subtler and more elaborate ways – taking us down a treacherously uneven road that seems to lead toward a return to “normalcy” but then takes hairpin curves back toward danger and restriction, with plenty of political insanity, climate crises, and social upheaval along the way.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve also begun inching your way back into some social interaction – sharing meals in “parklets” or on patios, and seeing art exhibitions and performances with limited audiences in masks. I’ve even been traveling to participate in and attend live, in-person engagements. But, mostly, I’ve been getting a lot of work done in my studio, and I’m happy to report about some of the fruits of that labor.
This year, after a decade and a half of recording drought, I have not one, but two solo album releases – plus, a recording of one of my string quartets. In June, Neuma Records released my new album A Secret Code on CD as well as on streaming and download platforms. On November 5th, the Freedom to Spend label is re-issuing my 1988 album Echolocation – and on vinyl, no less! And, last month, Apollo Chamber Players released an album called “With Malice Toward None” that includes my four-movement work, The Unraveling. I’m in very good company on that CD, with other wonderful composers including Eve Beglarian.
All three releases are available for online purchase in physical and digital formats. Or, if you’re in the Bay Area, you can pick up your copies at a limited-capacity album release concert in December. (See this for the deets.)
More new work...
Since I last wrote you, I’ve completed several new works, including a multi-channel fixed-media sound work called Sonant Topography. In August, I had the pleasure of showing that work in a shared exhibition of spatialized sound with Miya Masaoka, Bora Yoon, and Nina Young, as part of the Time:SPANS Festival, at the DiMenna Music Center in New York. Commissioned and co-presented by EMPAC, all four of us composed fixed media works for their Wave Field Synthesis Loudspeaker Array – which allowed us to position sounds in very specific locations throughout the hall. The audiences (which were limited to 25 at a time) could experience the works from stationary seated positions, or wandering about among the sounds, in the room.
I’ve also recently completed short chamber works for Eighth Blackbird, Del Sol Quartet, and pianist Sugar Vendil. And I’m now making headway on commissioned works for soprano Julia Bullock (with members of the San Francisco Symphony), and pianist Nadia Shpachenko. And, I’m very excited about getting started on a work for Nathalie Joachim with the LA Phil New Music Group, and learning the piece that Nathalie is composing for me. These will both be premiered at Disney Hall, in January, on a concert that Nathalie and I co-curated.
This summer, I made my first voyages since my March 2020 return from Rome. In June, I did a short visiting artist residency in Pennsylvania, with Haverford College’s summer DocuLab program, and spent most of August in New York, mounting and presenting my sound installation, and attending all the other concerts on the Time:SPANS Festival. And now I'm headed for Germany to perform, and to have my string quartet, Attention, performed by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, on Max Richter’s Reflektor Festival, at the Elbphilharmonie.
Next month, I’ll be back to New York for a performance at Roulette, as part of the Society of Fellows of the American Academy in Rome’s SALONE. And the first quarter of 2022 holds many more journeys, including a return to Rome for a small taste of my truncated Rome Prize Fellowship. After more than a year of staying in one place, it seems strange to be back to my usual dense traveling schedule, but I must confess that I’ve really missed it.
Seeing Art (in person)
I’ve also missed my habitual frequent attendance of concerts and art exhibitions. So it’s been a delight to be physically present for all the work I’ve recently had the pleasure of seeing. I attended eleven exceptional concerts of contemporary music in New York, visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art and attended a performance installation by Tiona Nekkia McClodden with Courtney Bryan in Philly, saw gallery exhibitions featuring work by John Sanborn, Amy Trachtenberg, Ramekon O’Arwisters, and Amy X Neuburg, in San Francisco, and saw ODC Dance at a gala in Petaluma.
Claire chase taking a bow with Spektral Quartet at Time:SPANS Festival
Even though we have to be masked and keep our distance, there’s nothing like the feeling of experiencing art in person, and in the presence of others.
As you gently approach these in-person events and reacquaint yourself with live, non-virtual gatherings, let me offer you some possible morsels to choose from. (Scroll down for details.) Maybe I’ll see you at some of these, and recognize you smizing from behind your mask!
Photos by: Elena Dorfman, Pamela Z, John Suvannavejh, and an Epistropy waiter.
upcoming event details:
Sunday October 10th, 2021
1:30pm Central European Time
Pamela Z will perform a set of solo works for voice and electronics, and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) will perform her string quartet Attention in Keiner Salle as part of the Reflektor Festival at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg at 1:30pm CET in Hamburg Germany
Caroline Shaw: Entr’acte
Caleb Burhans: Contritus
Pamela Z: Attention
Pamela Z: works for voice & electronics
From the Reflektor Max Richter & Yulia Mahr website:
"Complex yet catchy, intricately structured yet atmospheric and emotional: the works of Caroline Shaw, Caleb Burhans and Pamela Z are fascinating and enchanting. Exploring the traditional genre of the string quartet from new angles, they are challenging, hypnotic and calming at the same time. The great minimal music pioneer Steve Reich affectionately calls this generation of US composers his »grandchildren«."
American Contemporary Music Ensemble
(Ben Russell: Violine, Laura Lutzke: Violine, Caleb Burhans: Viola, Clarice Jensen Violoncello
Pamela Z Live-Elektronik
Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, Hamburg
Thurday-Sunday October 14-17, 2021
8pm PDT (4pm on Sunday)
Pre-concert panel 7pm PDT (3pm Sunday)
Live and Live-Streamed from
TAUBE ATRIUM THEATER, San Francisco
Click HERE to purchase OM25 Tickets
Click HERE to OM25 Streaming Tickets.
Other Minds Festival 25:
“Moment’s Notice” will bring to the stage twenty-six of the greatest living artists working in the field of improvised music. Across four nights, OM 25 features a rare convergence of pioneering icons of free improvised music side-by-side with the emerging artists whose work is at once a continuance and an expansion of the jazz avant-garde.
The festival will be both live and live-streamed. Pamela Z will be co-hosting the live stream alongside Other Minds artistic and executive director, Charles Amirkhanian.
Other Minds 25: Moments Notice
Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater, SF CA
Monday November 8, 2021 7pm EST
ROULETTE, New York
Pamela Z will perform solo work for voice and electronics as part of Society of Fellows SALONE at Roulette at 7pm EST in Brooklyn, NY USA
A multi-media performance event showcasing the work of renowned actors, artists, choreographers, composers, designers, who have each been awarded the prestigious Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.
Featured Performing Artists:
Jonathon Berger (music), Molissa Fenley (dance) Colin Gee (theater), Erin Gee (music), John Kelly (theater, music), Pat Oleszko (performance), Basil Twist (puppetry), Pamela Z (music)
Video Compilation by Archetects, Artists + Designers:
Erin Besler, EV Day, Matthew Geller, Phu Hoang/Rachely Rotem, Johannes Knoops, Laurel McSherry, David Reinfurt, Byrony Roberts
Tickets available on EVENTBRITE:
509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Pamela Z RECORD RELEASE Concert
and A SECRET CODE
Sunday, December 12, 2021 7:30pm PST
CENTER FOR NEW MUSIC, San Francisco
Recently, the Freedom to Spend label released a vinyl reissue of ECHOLOCATION, Pamela Z's 1988 solo album.
Earlier this year, Neuma Records released A SECRET CODE, Pamela Z's first solo CD since the 2004 release of A Delay is Better.
On Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 7:30pm Pamela Z will give a live, in-person concert of solo works for voice & electronics including titles from both Echolocation and A Secret Code. The concert will be limited capacity, and will require mask-wearing and proof of vaccination.
There will be physical copies of both Echolocation (on LP) and A Secret Code (on CD), available for purchase at the event. (Or you can purchase physical or digital copies on all the usual online streaming and download platforms.)
Tickets for the concert
available soon at centerfornewmusic.com
A Secret Code
Digital Formats: https://neuma143-pamelaz.hearnow.com/a-secret-code
Digital Formats: https://pamela-z.bandcamp.com/album/echolocation
Center for New Music
55 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Pamela Z + Nathalie Joachim at LA Phil
LA Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Pamela Z and Nathalie Joachim perform works and have works performed in collaboration with The LA Phil New Music Group as part of LA Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series at Walt Disney Concert Hall at 8pm PST in Los Angeles, CA USA
Pamela Z, co-curator and performer
Nathalie Joachim, co-curator and performer
LA Phil New Music Group – Simone Menezes, conductor
Pamela Z and Nathalie Joachim co-curated a program that will include two world premieres of works they are composing for each other and the LA Phil New Music Group.
Angélica NEGRÓN: This Person
Nathalie JOACHIM: “Suite pou Dantan” from Fanm d’Ayiti
Pamela Z: The Schmetterling
Allison LOGGINS-HULL: The Pattern
Pamela Z: new work for Nathalie Joachim and ensemble (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from the Deborah Borda Women in the Arts Initiative)
Nathalie JOACHIM: new work for Pamela Z and ensemble (world premiere, LA Phil commission)
Nina SHEKHAR: Dear Abby
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday and Sunday, Februar 26-27, 2022
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome
Pamela Z and the PMCE (Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble) will perform a program of Z's music in collaboration with choreographer Francesca Pennini as part of the EQUILIBRIO festival at Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, RM USA
Auditorium Parco della Musica
Viale Pietro de Coubertin 30, Rome, RM
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 and the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship. www.pamelaz.com
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