(all the gnus)
Spring 2022 [pz gazzetta xliv]
Pamela Z Arts' Quarterly Newsletter (view online)
April 16, 2022: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Pamela Z + Wild Up! at LACMA
LA County Museum of Art
April 23, 2022: Oakland, CA, USA
Annea Lockwood's SPIRIT CATCHERS
Lisser Hall, Mills College
April 23, 2022: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Adam Tendler: INHERITANCES
April 30, 2022: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Pamela Z solo in LONG PLAY Fest
May 1, 2022: Brooklyn, NY, USA
PZ's "Donna Sola" (BOAC Orchestra)
BAM Opera House
May 5-7, 2022: Seattle, WA, USA
Other Rooms | Pamela Z
On The Boards Merrill Theater
May 11, 2022: Barcelona, Spain
Jardins de la Casa de la Misericòrdia Theater
May 14, 2022: Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Pamela Z in Concert
May 17, 2022: San Francisco, CA, USA
Julia Bullock sings Z
SF Symphony | Davies Symphony Hall
May 21, 2022: San Francisco, CA, USA
Pamela Z solo performance
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
NON-STOP COMPOSING AND A BIG ROME TRAMEZZINO...
Gentle Gazzetta Readers,
It has been my delight and honor, this week, to be working with the Los Angeles-based avant-chamber group Wild Up, under the capable (and wild!) baton of Christopher Rountree. I’ve been in conversation with Chris and the curators at LA County Museum of Art, about this project, for two years now. Tonight, these efforts will finally culminate with a portrait concert, of sorts, in the Modern Art Galleries at LACMA. We are performing several of my chamber works, and also leading the audience through the galleries in a kind of “moving feast” of short works, using the artwork on view as graphic scores. The modern collection at LACMA is astounding – Picasso, Giacometti, Tanning, Kasuma, Still, Matisse, Asawa, Brancusi – the list goes on, and we’ve been having a blast working on this concert!
I’ve been composing like a madwoman, lately. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that I’ve composed more chamber works in the past two years than I had in the entire decade preceding. This new output includes solo piano & tape works, a voice and string orchestra work, a string quartet, a work for vibraphone and tape, a woodwind quintet, a work for singing flautist and chamber ensemble – just to name a handful. And these works were commissioned by the likes of Julia Bullock & the San Francisco Symphony, Adam Tendler, Bang On A Can, and the LA Philharmonic.
In the coming months, many of these works will be premiered by their commissioners in various concert halls around the country. I’ll try to keep you posted on them. (Scroll down for details on a few upcoming...)
For the past two and a half months, I’ve been solidly on the road. It was a bit of a Rome sandwich. I did three weeks of visiting artist residencies and performances at music schools and conservatories in the US, with five and a half weeks at the American Academy in Rome sandwiched in between them.
Now, I'm spending a week in Los Angeles working on the LACMA concert and making a visit to Cal Poly, where pianist Nadia Shpachenko is hosting me for a talk and a performance of the work she commissioned, Balòn.
Members of Wild Up rehearsing my Ethel string quartet at LACMA
My time in Rome (which was a much-too-short reboot of my interrupted Rome Prize fellowship year) went by far too quickly, but I enjoyed being there nonetheless. I spent the first few weeks there working on a performance of Carbon Song Cycle (senza Christina McPhee’s glorious multi-channel video) as part of the Equilibrio Festival with the Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble and choreographer Francesca Pennini.
Most of the balance of my time there was spent composing commissioned works I was on deadlines to complete, in the Bass Studio, above the American Academy in Rome’s garden. It's a tiny composer’s studio with a splended view of AAR’s grounds, and a Steinway baby grand that was famously once owned by Giancento Scelsi.
I also participated in Roman walks and tours, and attended a number of concerts and visual art exhibitions. I saw two amazing Equilibrio Festival dance performances. One was Collettivo Cinetico in Alessandro Sciarroni’s "Diologo Terzo”, an intense, minimalist work with hoola hoops performed to John Cage’s In a Landscape, and the other was a vibrant work of solo dance theater called Moving with Pina, by Cristiana Morganti, who I met 20 years ago in Wuppertal, and who I’ve sense seen many times dancing with Pina Bausch Tanztheater, over the years.
I went gallery-hopping with my friend, Izumi, who invited me to see several intriguing shows including a private viewing of the work of Jannis Kounillis at Litografia Bulla, the oldest printing lab still in business. I also went to see “Icons of Light”, an expansive solo exhibition of Bill Viola’s video works at Palazzo Bonaparte. And I attended a concert of early music at the Swedish Academy, just around the bend from AAR.
When I returned from Rome, I actually had a few short days at home, in the Bay Area, before heading back out for more touring engagements. I managed to make my way to Milk Bar, to attend their celebratory 50th salon, where I saw and heard beautiful work by Ian Winters, Merlin Coleman, and Mary Armentrout.
And, I spent a single day in New York (between U of Mich and Peabody), and attended a delightful concert at Carnegie Hall by Cecilia Chorus (with whom my sister Beverly sings soprano!) featuring Orff's Carmina Burana, and an 8-hands piano arrangement of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
endless music school visits
My weeks in Rome were sandwiched between stateside visiting artist residencies at UT Austin, Florida State University, Louisiana State University, University of Michigan, and Peabody Conservatory. I gave concerts in all of those places and, in most of them, had works of mine performed by chamber ensembles or choruses. At FSU, I had the opportunity to work with “The ensemble formerly known as ICE”, who played my Twenty Answers, as part of the Festival of New Music.
I still have a lot of travel ahead of me before Spring is over, and a startling number of public performances of my work – performed by me, in some cases, and by commissioning artists or ensembles in others. Read on for details of those events! Maybe I’ll see you at some of them...
Photos by: Pamela Z, Izumi, Rachel Steelman.
upcoming event details:
Saturday, April 16, 2022, 7:30pm
Modern Art Galleries, Los Angeles
Join us for a special Art & Music performance of works by composer, performer, and media artist Pamela Z performed by the avant-garde contemporary music collective Wild Up and the composer herself, in LACMA’s newly reinstalled Modern Art Galleries.
The presentation will include a selection of Z's chamber works and roving performances using the artworks on view as graphic scores, resulting in an immersive interplay between visual art and sound.
Performers will include Pamela Z on voice and electronics, members of Wild Up (on violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, bassoon, percussion) and Christopher Rountree, conductor and Artistic Director of Wild Up.
Presented in conjunction with LACMA’s Modern Art collection.
LA County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Saturday, April 23, 2022, 4pm
Mills College Lisser Hall, Oakland
Pamela Z, Laetitia Sonami, Brenda Hutchinson, and Sarah Cahill will perform Annea Lockwood’s Spirit Catchers in collaboration with Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music as part of Music in the Fault Zone: Experimental Music at Mills College (1939 to the present) at Mills College at 4pm in Oakland, CA USA
Four people have each been asked to bring with them an object which they have had for many years. Each performer sits in a chair with the object in their hands, and begins to remember aloud all its associations, all the events connected with it, gradually uncovering all the accessible layers of feelings and memory accumulated around the object. They talk to themselves, think aloud – becoming oblivious to everything but the memory process – as the sound mixer isolates, cross-fades, and overlaps their voices.
5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA , USA
Saturday, April 23, 2022, 8pm
Parkway Theater, Minneapolis
Adam Tendler plays Pamela Z’s Thank You So Much as part of Inheritances at The Parkway Theater at 8pm in Minneapolis, MN USA
New works by commissioned composers Devonté Hynes, Nico Muhly, Laurie Anderson, inti figgis-vizueta, Pamela Z, Ted Hearne, Angelica Negrón, Christopher Cerrone, Marcos Balter, Missy Mazzoli, Darian Donovan Thomas, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Scott Wollschleger, Mary Prescott, Timo Andres and John Glover
After his father’s unexpected death, pianist Adam Tendler used his inheritance, a wad of cash received in a parking lot, to begin a commissioning project inviting a broad spectrum of sound artists and composers to create new piano works exploring the idea of 'inheritance' itself. Woven into one intimate program, these pieces tell a universal story of lineage, loss, and place, and become a meditation on confronting our past while moving forward into the future.
Please note: The Parkway Theater requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test result for entry to all events.
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, April 30, 2022 7:00pm
Public Records Brooklyn
Pamela Z will perform a set of works for solo voice and electronics as part of Bang On A Can LONG PLAY Festival at Public Records at 7pm in Brooklyn, NY US
233 Butler Street, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, May 1, 2022 7:30pm
Pamela Z’s Donna Sola (arrangement of Ornette Coleman’s Lonely Woman) will be performed by the Bang On A Can Orchestra as part of Bang On A Can LONG PLAY Festival at Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM at 7:30pm in Brooklyn, NY
On Sunday night, May 1 at 7:30 in the BAM Opera House we present an epic re-imagining of Ornette Coleman’s revolutionary 1959 album, The Shape of Jazz to Come, performed by an all-new Bang on a Can Orchestra of classical and jazz luminaries and Denardo Coleman/Ornette Expressions featuring Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Jason Moran, Lee Odom, Wallace Roney Jr. and special guest James “Blood” Ulmer—conducted by Awadagin Pratt. Commissioned by Bang on a Can and BAM, six trailblazing composers from across the musical spectrum, and curated by Denardo Coleman himself—Nick Dunston, Craig Harris, Nicole Mitchell, Carman Moore, David Sanford, and Pamela Z—come together to arrange, magnify, and honor the six profound pieces on the album that established Coleman as one of America’s most important and visionary musicians.
Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM
30 Laffayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Thursday - Saturday, May 5, 6, & 7, 2022, 8pm
Merrill Theater ON THE BOARDS, Seattle
Pamela Z performs an evening of solo works for voice, electronics, and video as part of The Palindrome Loop at The Merrill Theater at On The Boards at 8pm in Seattle, WA USA
In The Palindrome Loop, curated by On the Boards Artistic Director Rachel Cook, three featured artists takes the stage individually to perform?alone using their own body, sound production, and mundane objects such as a lemon, ice, ropes, and articles of clothing. There are layers of loops across each of the works comprising the project, including pulleys or ropes hung above and around the audience in Faye Driscoll’s Thank You?For Coming: Space (January 20–23); vocal sounds are live-sampled, repeated, and layered in Pamela Z’s Other Rooms (May 5–7); and physical acts of circling the audience in Dana Michel’s CUTLASS SPRING (May 19–21).
Pamela Z’s performance will take place on May 5, 6, and 7, with the Friday performance followed by an artist conversation between Pamela Z and Trimpin (moderated by composer Kaley Eaton.
The Merrill Theater at On The Boards
100 West Roy Street, Seattle, WA
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 10pm
Pamela Z gives a solo performance of works for voice, electronics, and video as part of Barcelona Poesia at Jardins de la Casa de la Misericòrdia at 10pm in Barcelona Spain
Jardins de la Casa de la Misericòrdia
carrer d’ Elisbets, 8, Barcelona
UCSC Institute of the Arts and Sciences and Music Department present:
Pamela Z in Concert
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Rio Theatre Santa Cruz
This performance is sponsored by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences for the 2021–2022 Media and Society Lecture Series, Kresge College, and the Surge: Explorations in Afrofuturism series.
This is an in person, off-campus event
Free and open to the public
205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
photo: Marion Gray
History's Persistent Voice:
Julia Bullock sings Pamela Z with San Francisco Symphony
Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 7:30pm
Davies Symphony Hall
Mezzo Soprano Julia Bullock sings Pamela Z’s Quilt as part of History’s Persistent Voice at Davies Symphony Hall.
San Francisco Symphony Collaborative Partner Julia Bullock shares History’s Persistent Voice, her original and ever-developing program, which highlights the words, work, and experiences of Black American artists. In this mixed media concert, voices spanning across generations who were enslaved through the 1860s are heard alongside those who lived through years of convict leasing, share cropping, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration.
Curated and performed by Julia Bullock, with Christian Reif conducting the San Francisco Symphony, and visual art installations designed by Hana S. Kim, History’s Persistent Voice features all-new commissioned music by an esteemed roster of American women of color, including Jessie Montgomery, Carolyn Yarnell, Allison Loggins-Hull, Pamela Z, and Tania León.
Although cycles of violence, oppression, and demoralization are ongoing, for these artists it’s clear how various forms of human expression can facilitate some manifestation of liberation and freedom.
For more information, including full program notes, visit the San Francisco Symphony’s digital program book platform at sfsymphony.encoreplus.app or text “SFS Concert” to 55741.
San Francisco Symphony
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 7:30pm
Pamela Z will give a concert of works for voice, live electronic processing, and projected image at CCA Wattis Institute
for Contemporary Arts at 7:30pm in San Francisco, CA USA
This event is in person at the Wattis. Masks and vaccinations are required.
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
360 Kansas Street, San Francisco, CA
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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