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Summer 2022 [pz gazzetta xlv]
Pamela Z Arts' Newsletter (view online)
June 21, 2022: Oakland, CA, USA
Garden of Memory
Chapel of the Chimes
July 29, 2022: Worldwide
The Wire 40 x ESS
Aug 11, 2022: Berkeley, CA, USA
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive
Sept 2-3, 2022: Stockholm, Sweden
Twisted Shout Festival
Sept 24, 2022: Oakland, CA, USA
Presence (w/Stenberg/Cahill Duo)
Dresher Ensemble Studio
Nov 5-6, 2022: San Francisco, CA, USA
DE Open Studios
Developing Environments | Project 2
Oct 29-30, 2022: New York, USA
SONIC ARCADE Opening
NY Phil's David Geffen Hall
HOME SWEET HOME!
Gentle Gazzetta Readers,
If you can believe it, I’m writing you from my home studio in San Francisco. I’m not on a plane or in a hotel room. I’m not in a dressing room writing between a sound-check and a show. I’m sitting in my own chair, working from my own space, and I’m going to be here for much longer than I’ve stayed in one place, any other time during this entire calendar year! Since January, I've been zig-zagging back and forth between Los Angeles and Baltimore, New York and Santa Cruz, Barcelona and Seattle, Talahassee and Rome. And I must say, after months of being on the road with barely a moment at home and, in some cases, spending almost more time in the air than I spent on the ground, it feels great to be home!
starting new projects
I was also composing non-stop, while doing all that traveling, but I’m finally going to be able to relax my working pace, if only a little bit. And, more importantly, I’m finally at a point where I can shift the focus of my work to composing things I’ll actually be performing. After a very long bout of composing works for other soloists and ensembles, I’m about to begin work on two separate projects that both involve me as a performer.
One of those is a commission from Stenberg | Cahill duo to write a piece for their violin and piano, and my voice & electronics, with interactive projected media. We’ll be premiering that work at the Dresher Ensemble Studio in September, so I'd better get started working on it!
The other piece is a continuation of my Rome Prize Fellowship project, which was to be a performance work called Simultaneous that was originally intended to premiere at MoMA, in New York, in Summer of 2020. I finally have the time to focus on that piece, and support from the SF Arts Commission to create a working version of it, which I will mount in December, in Space 124 at Project Artaud, in San Francisco. Then, next summer, I’ll have the opportunity to develop a version of it for the Sound Studio at MoMA.
Awadagin Pratt conducting the Bang On A Can Orchestra at the BAM Opera House
Meanwhile, as a result of my insane amount of musical output just this year alone, I’ve had the honor of many premieres – including a few in some pretty prestigious venues. In January, my Silent H was premiered by Nathalie Joachim and the LA Phil New Music Group at Walt Disney Hall. And, in April, pianist Nadia Shpachenko premiered a new work called Balón in Orange, CA. Then, in May, the Bang On A Can Orchestra, with Denardo Coleman’s Ornette Expressions combo, premiered my arrangement of Lonely Woman (Donna Sola Abandonata...) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House, and Julia Bullock premiered Quilt with the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall. In the coming summer months, the Grand Valley New Music Ensemble will be premiering my Spirited Conversation during their National Parks tour. And I have yet more works premiering in the fall.
...so much art...
Throughout this very crowded touring and composing schedule, I did manage to see and hear a lot of very inspiring art. I attended as many concerts as I could during Bang On A Can’s LONG PLAY Festival, between my performances and rehearsals. And I attended (some in person and some virtually) all of the Mills College Faultline Festival events. I loved the concerts at both of those festivals.
There was an extraordinary rendition of Robert Ashley’s In Sara, Mencken, Christ and Beethoven There Were Men And Women performed live by an all-star cast of Paul Demarinis, Laetitia Sonami, John Bischoff, James Fei, and Chris Brown. And then, I had the delightful surprise of seeing Matmos perform Ashley’s “The Back Yard” from Perfect Lives, at Roulette in New York, as part of LONG PLAY.
I also hit the Whitney Biennale, while I was in New York, and did a quick stroll through the galleries in Chelsea, and visited the collection at MoMA as well. And, while serving as a guest artist at both Nief Norf and the Next Festival, I not only heard some of my own chamber works played, but I attended all of the “fellows’ concerts”. I was delighted by the breadth of great work by emerging composers and the astounding virtuosity of young performers. And I was honored to hear them interpreting my work – including a string orchestra arrangment of Carbon Song Cycle at NextFest.
...and so little time
Now that I’m back in my studio, I’ll try to take a deep breath and pause for just a moment, but I’ll very quickly be launching into all the new work I have cut out for me. And, I do have a few live events scheduled including Garden of Memory, the annual Summer Solstice walk-through concert at Oakland’s Chapel of the Chimes. (Scroll down for the deets.) But, at least for the balance of the summer, these things will all be local Bay Area events. Thankfully, I won’t be getting on another plane until the summer’s through!
Photos by: Pamela Z, Paul Lundahl
upcoming event details:
Tuesday June 21, 2022
Pamela Z gives solo voice and electronics performances as part of Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, CA
This year PZ shares her niche with Living Earth Show + Guillermo Galindo, and they will alternate sets in the Garden of St. Paul.
Garden of Memory features continuous simultaneous performances by Bay Area composers and musicians presenting a variety of acoustic and electronic music in a walk-through concert in different parts of the beautiful, Julia Morgan-designed building. The audience is free to move throughout the building during the performances. From 5pm to 9pm.
Please visit this page to download a copy of the map of performers for 2022:
Note: Due to concerns about covid and safety, PROOF OF VACCINATION AND MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY, and ticket sales will be online only. Please purchase tickets on EventBrite:
Chapel of the Chimes
4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA, USA
Friday, July 29, 2022
noon - 3pm SF | 2 - 5pm Chicago | 3 - 6pm NY | 8 - 11pm London
Streaming and Archived on ESS's YouTube
Pamela Z will perform a set of solo works for voice and electronics live-streamed from her studio in San Francisco.
To celebrate their 40th anniversary, The WIRE will partner with EXPERIMENTAL SOUND STUDIO to present this streaming festival featuring work by:
Buh Records artists • Sarah Davachi • Aaron Dilloway • Tashi Dorji • Hamid Drake • Luis Fernando Amaya • Lykanthea • Ikue Mori • Paige Naylor • Lauren Tosswill • Nate Wooley • C. Spencer Yeh • Pamela Z
FULL SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED SOON.
Pamela Z @ BAMPFA: Full
Thursday, August 11, 2022, 7:00 pm
Berkeley Museum of Art Pacific Film Archive
Pamela Z will perform solo works for voice and electronics as part of
In her second appearance in BAMPFA's new building, Z is August’s featured artist on the Sarah Cahill-curated monthly performance series that takes place on the evening of each full moon.
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street, Berkeley, CA
On Friday September 2nd and Saturday September 3rd, Pamela Z will perform works for solo voice and electronics as part of the TWISTED SHOUT Festival at Fylkingen in Stockholm Sweden
The concerts will also feature work by Jaap Blonk and D J Spooky/Maja Jantar.
With the Twisted Shout Festival, Fylkingen returns to its once acclaimed genre in cross-border art: Text-sound composition. This international art form between music, sound and poetry today takes different forms and carries many overlapping labels such as sound poetry, sound art, sonoric poetry, phonetic music, poetry partitions, poetry action, cut-ups, empty words, ars acustica, radio art , etc.
Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2, Stockholm,
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 7:30pm
Dresher Ensemble Studio, Oakland
Stenberg | Cahill Duo will perform a concert of works that will feature Pamela Z's Presence, a trio for violin (Kate Stenberg), piano (Sarah Cahill), voice & electronics (Pamela Z), and interactive media. The piece, which will explore presence (and absence) in its many senses – physical, incorporeal, demeanor, carriage, presence of mind, will work with the three women’s physical forms, focus and stage presence.
Dresher Ensemble Studio
2253 Poplar St., Oakland, CA 94607
DE Artist Live/Work Community's 50th Anniversary
Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2022
Developing Enviroments, San Francisco
Pamela Z will participate in Open Studios at Developing Environments (Project 2) in the North East Mission Industrial Zone of San Francisco, CA. She will give some short, live performances and show sound and video installation work.
2022 marks the 50th Anniversary of this artist live/work community and, this year, the neighborhood's Open Studios take place during the first weekend of November.
(an artist Live/Work Community since 1972)
540 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA
The New York Philharmonic presents
at the opening of their inaugural season in the
newly renovated David Geffen Hall
October 29, 2022
David Geffen Hall
Pamela Z's sound and video installation Sonic Gestures will be presented as part of Sonic Arcade, which will open on October 29, 2022.
A sound art exhibition, presenting sound as a medium and a topic of exploration, introduces our community to the possibilities of David Geffen Hall’s new public spaces, including the lobby. It features installations by Jace Clayton, Miya Masaoka, Tristan Perich, Bora Yoon, Pamela Z, and others.
David Geffen Hall
10 Lincoln Center Plaza, NY, NY
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, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Dorothea Tanning award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. www.pamelaz.com
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