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Fall 2022 [pz gazzetta xlvi]
Pamela Z Arts' Newsletter (view online)
Sept 10, 2022: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Pamela Z @ Issue Project Room
First Unitarian Congregational Society
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
Nov 19-20, 2022: San Francisco, CA, USA
VOLTI performs Pamela Z's INK
Nov 30, 2022: San Francisco, CA, USA
Voice In Moving Image Lecture
Dec 9-11, 2022: San Francisco, CA, USA
Pamela Z's SIMULTANEOUS
Space 124 at Project Artaud
LIFE AND ART GO ON
Gentle Gazzetta Readers,
I’m writing you from an altitude of 30,000 feet – having just made my bi-annual pilgrimage to Venice to take in La Biennale, directly after giving performances at Fylkingen in Stockholm, which boasts to be the world’s oldest presenter of text-sound composition. This trip marks a full-throated return to the frenetic touring and performing schedule that has become my norm, after a brief few months of relative stillness.
Highs and Lows
Even though I stayed put throughout mid-late summer, I remained quite busy in my San Francisco studio and my local neighborhood – preparing for and giving a concert on the BAMPFA Full series, performing at the annual Garden of Memory event, attending a number of local concerts, and shooting video and composing new music for the upcoming violin, piano, voice & electronics work that will be performed later this month.
This past season has been somewhat emotionally charged for me with both highs and lows – including the marital union of some dear friends and the loss of my 24-year-old Honda Civic hatchback, Yoko, who was finally stolen one-too-many times right before I left on this trip. Ironically, she was photographed – sporting her CAGE433 plates – by three different friends, and posted to social media, right before her final disappearance. I mourn the loss of her!
Art, art, and more art...
In Stockholm, I was floored by the breadth of work presented at Fylkingen. I was in such amazingly briliant company with performances by the inimitable Jaap Blonk, the fierce (and tender) Tomomi Adachi, the queen of text-sound opera Anne Pajunen, and a startling text-sound quartet led by Jaan Malin. And I was introduced to the exquisite work of a new friend, Maja Jantar, who also accompanied me to Stockholm's Moderna Museet, where we saw galleries full of great works.
Then, I went on to Venice, for the current edition of La Biennale di Venezia (now occurring in an even-numbered year – due to pandemic postponements), which was nothing short of spectacular. The US pavilion was populated with the stunning work of Golden Lion winner Simone Leigh, who also opened the Arsenale exhibition with her monumental sculpture, Brick House. Countless works stood out for me at both of the main sites – including Dumb Type’s layered sound and light treatment of the Japanese pavilion, Cecila Vicuña’s surrealist paintings in the Central Pavilion, and Vladmir Nicolic’s immersive Camminare con l’Acqua, in the Serbian. Many works subverted or reimagined the architecture of the exhibition spaces – notably Ignasi Aballé’s architectural “correction” of the Spanish Pavilion, and Delcy Morelos’ soil labyrinth that enveloped the Arsenale floor and stairs – surrounding spectators with 4’ high masses of earth.
Sandra enveloped in Walking With Water at the Arsenale in Venice
On this year’s Venice visit, I was accompanied by my dear friend, filmmaker Sandra Davis. Although we squeezed everything into just two days, we managed to make it through both of the main exhibition sites (Giardini and Arsenale) and still fit in an afternoon stop at the Peggy Guggenheim. Then, as we approached the Accademia vaporetto stop, we came across an Anish Kapoor exhibition, and we popped in there as well.
The work was strong and, even though I find it deplorable that he has taken an exclusive patent on the newly developed, darkest black pigment, I found the work he did with it to be among the strongest in that show.
It was the final exhibition we attended before departing Venice, and it will likely stick with me for some time.
Returning for more...
And now I’m returning Stateside to perform in New York on an Issue Project Room program, and then back to the Bay Area to help present the 21st Annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, and give the premiere performance of Presence, my newly commissioned work for Stenberg | Cahill Duo. Following that, my fall will remain in constant motion with, among other things, an Atlantic Arts Center residency, a live performance version of Ink, my chamber-chorus work for Volti, and the premiere of my performance work Simultaneous – re-ignited from my truncated Rome Prize project. For more information about these upcoming events, scroll down to the details section below.
Love as always,
Photos by: Ian Winters, Ron Silver, and Pamela Z
upcoming event details:
Saturday, September 10, 2022
ISSUE will open its 2022 Fall season at First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Heights with an in-person performance.
Composer/performer and media artist Pamela Z will perform a set of solo works for voice, real-time electronic processing, sampled sounds, and wireless gesture controllers on a shared program with poet, theorist, critic Fred Moten (voice), improviser, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Brandon López (double bass), and Detroit-born jazz drummer Gerald Cleaver (drums). The evening also features sound artist, producer, and DJ SYANIDE performing a new improvisation piece titled “8.”
ISSUE PROJECT ROOM at
First Unitarian Congregational Society
119 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 7:30pm
Dresher Ensemble Studio, Oakland
Stenberg | Cahill Duo will be joined by composer/performer Pamela Z in the performance of the world premiere of Presence at The Dresher Ensemble Studio at 7:30pm in Oakland, CA, USA
Presence, Pamela Z’s new work for violin/piano duo, voice & electronics, and video, will have its world premiere on a program alongside works by Somei Satoh and Roscoe Mitchell. Commissioned by Stenberg | Cahill Duo, the new work explores presence in its many senses – physical, incorporeal, demeanor, carriage, presence of mind – working with the three women’s physical forms, focus and stage presence. Gesture, facial expression, and physical attitude are incorporated into the score – making use of silence, slow deliberate actions, imitation, and unisons to fill the space with the ever-changing intensity of imposing, dignified, fleeting, insistent, and comforting presence.
The work employs gesture-controlled MIDI instruments, and the performers’ movements manipulate interjections of sampled audio and video projections. The acoustic instrument sounds are layered and processed in real time to create music that is sometimes open and minimal and sometimes densely layered and timbrally complex.
The Dresher Ensemble Studio
2201 Poplar Street
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 the artist live/work community where Pamela Z has lived and worked since 1995. 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
November 19-20, 2022
ODC Theater, San Francisco
The San Francisco Bay Area chamber chorus, Volti, presents the in-person premiere of Pamela Z's Ink.
Volti at ODC Theater
3153 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Ink is a work that 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. The piece premiered as a streaming video work, designed specifically for the web, on April 24, 2021.
This concert will include a re-vamped, live version, as the start of the 2022-2023 season, performed by Volti under the baton of Valerie St. Agathe.
Pamela Z Lecture on the
VOICE IN MOVING IMAGE FILM LECTURE SERIES
November 30, 2022, 4pm
Timken Hall | 1111 8TH STREET, SAN FRANCISCO,, CA, 94107
Join us for a lecture with composer/performer and interdisciplinary artist Pamela Z Wednesday, November 30th , 4-7pm at Timken Hall
Through video and audio examples and a bit of live demonstration, composer/performer and interdisciplinary artist Pamela Z will share her work and her process, and will discuss the increasingly blurred lines between disciplines in her practice. Highlighting her use of voice, processing, gesture-based MIDI controllers, video, found objects, and sampled speech sounds, she will illustrate the various directions her work has taken over the years and tie in the projects she’s working on now.
Free and open to the public.
Please note, if you test positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of attending an event on CCA’s campus, you should contact COVIDresponse@cca.edu immediately.
organized by CCA Film Department
Pamela Z's multimedia chamber work SIMULTANEOUS
December 9-11, 2022
Space 124 at Project Artaud, San Francisco
Pamela Z presents “Simultaneous”, an intermedia performance work exploring the concept of simultaneity, through voice, electronic processing, chamber ensemble (English horn, viola, cello, and percussion), speech samples, gesture control, and projected video.
This work is the culmination Z’s Rome Prize project which began in 2019, has had iterations in the forms of a multi-channel sound installation and a fixed media radio work, but stopped short of being presented as a performance work, because of the pandemic’s interruption of her fellowship year. Now, the work will reach its fruition with the full evening performance work that was originally proposed.
Performances will take place on the 9th, 10th, and 11th of December 2022 in Space 124 at Project Artaud, in San Francisco.
This performance is made possible in part by support from a San Francisco Arts Commission Artist Grant.
Space 124 at Project Artaud
401 Alabama Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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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