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Winter 2023 [pz gazzetta xlvii]
Pamela Z Arts' Newsletter (view online)

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March 4, 2023: San Francisco, CA, USA
Pamela Z @ Night of Ideas
San Francisco Public Library Main Branch

March 11, 2023: New York, NY, USA
Inheritances: Tendler plays Z
92NY, The 92nd Street Y

Apr 9, 2023: The Hague, The Netherlands
Rewire International Festival
Multiple Venues

Apr 15, 2023: San Francisco, CA, USA
Fractured Light: E4TT plays Z
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

April 19, 2023: Cambridge, MA, USA
Pamela Z In Concert @ MIT
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

April 20, 2023 :Cambridge, MA, USA
Pamela Z Public Lecture @ MIT
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

April 29, 2023: Sarasota, FL, USA
Pamela Z in Concert
New Music New College, Club Sudakoff

May 20, 2023: New York, NY, USA
Density: Chase plays Z
The Kitchen

Simultaneous Installation
Pamela Z's Simultaneous installation at Space 124 @ Project Artaud


Gentle Gazzetta Readers,

Winter persists. It’s been frightfully cold in San Francisco, and even colder in all the locations I’ve been visiting. And, as the world keeps spinning out its political madness and technological absurdities, I just keep zipping back and forth across the country, the continent, and the globe. This continues to be a busy and very fruitful time for me, peppered with bountiful surprises.

During these early months of 2023, I’ve already had three visiting artist residencies (in Quebec, Florida, and Utah), and I’ve completed the first of a series of trips to Cambridge for my MIT McDermott Award residency in Massachusetts. And, amidst all this, I’ve just been informed that I was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and will be inducted as a new member at a ceremony in May. I feel tremendously honored and beyond grateful for being bestowed with such an embarrassment of riches.

Party like it's 2019
In all my travels, I’m finding myself increasingly surrounded by people who are operating as if the pandemic is history. I often seem to be the only person still wearing a mask or making any effort to keep a bit of distance. I’m doing my best to adapt to these new behaviors, but my instinct is to remain cautious. And, fortunately, I’ve managed to make it to this point without ever testing positive. I’ve also had no colds or flu for some time, but I fear that’s likely to change soon.

Premieres and performances galore
After all the commissions and composing I’ve been telling you about, I’ve had a number of recent premieres of new work, and many more are coming up.

PZ and Amy Trachtenberg
PZ and Amy Trachtenberg

Sarah Cahill, Kate Stenberg, Pamela Z
Sarah Cahill, Kate Stenbert, and Pamela Z (performing Presence)

Ink backdrop for Volti's ODC performance
The ODC stage set for Ink

PZ & ensemble performing Simultaneous

Peter Whitehead & the Residents
Peter Whitehead with the Residents

Basquiat Painting
Basquiat's Anybody Speaking Words

William Kentridge Sewing Machines
William Kentridge sewing machines.

Luciano Chessa at The LAB
Luciano Chessa performing at SFEMF

Theresa Wong
Theresa Wong at the Other Minds Festival

Claire Chase as Pan
Claire Chase performing Pan at SoundBox





Donald Shooting Pictures
Donald Swearingen photograhing work at Catharine Clark Gallery

In September Kate Stenberg, Sarah Cahill, and I premiered Presence, the violin/piano/voice & electronics trio they commissioned me to write. (We’ll perform it again at MIT next month.) In November, Volti premiered the live-in-person version of my chamber chorus & media work, Ink. And December brought the premiere of Simultaneous, the performance and installation piece that I started during my truncated Rome Prize Fellowship year. (I’ll be mounting a fuller version of that at MoMA in New York, this summer.) Then, in January, I premiered my arrangement of the Residents' The Car Thief, in a concert celebration of the groups 50th anniversary directed by John Sanborn at the San Francisco Conservatory.

Simultaneous speaker detail
Simultaneous Installation (speaker detail)

I’m also having several other works for soloists or chamber ensembles premiering in the coming weeks, including the New York premiere of Thank You So Much, composed for pianist Adam Tendler. Read on or scroll down for details on some of those events.

Art also persists
Among the many very stirring concerts and exhibitions I attended, since the previous Gazzetta, was a charming evening of works by Luciano Chessa, performed by the composer (on piano) and cellist Francis Marie Uitti (with her extraordinary two-bow technique) at the Mosswood Sound Series in Oakland. Luciano also gave an amazing performance at SFEMF, which we presented at the LAB in September. And the latest installment of the Other Minds Festival, at the Great Star Theater in Chinatown, was filled with powerful works each night.

I also saw an exciting performance of Marcos Balter’s Pan by Claire Chase and a formidable chorus of community performers and members of San Francisco Symphony in the SoundBox space. And I attended a delightful shared evening by Dina Emerson/Skullkrusher duo and the inimitable percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. And, on the visual art front, I was fortunate to be in Montréal while the Musée des Beaux-arts was showing a Basquiat exhibition, and in Los Angeles during a William Kentridge show at the Broad. Equally delightful was a shared exhibition at Catharine Clark Gallery with works by Amy Trachtenberg and Lenka Clayton & Phillip Andrew Lewis. I always draw tremendous inspiration from seeing such work. It feeds me.

I hope to see you at some of my upcoming events…

Love as always,



Photos by: Ian Winters, Ron Silver, and Pamela Z


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upcoming event details:

PAMELA Z live at
@ SF Public Library

Saturday, March 4, 2023 10:30 & 11:00pm
San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110, USA

Pamela Z will perform a 25 minute set of works for solo voice, processing, and video in the Koret Auditorium of the main branch of San Francisco Public Library as part of NIGHT OF IDEAS.

Featured headliners include San Francisco drag legend Juanita More!; SF Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin; reproductive health historian and legal scholar Mary Ziegler ; Livermore National Laboratory experimental physicist Steven Ross; artists Rayyane Tabet and Windy Chien; award-winning children's book authors Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris; inventive electronic musician and composer Pamela Z; beloved Bay Area surf band The Mermen and many more.

Free to the public, Night of ideas takes place from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. with programming on all seven floors of the Main Library.


Issue Project Room

Ms. Z's performance will take place at 10:30pm and again at 11pm, in Koret Auditorium (on the Lower Level).

Night of Ideas is sponsered by KQED and partners at Circuit Network, SFMOMA, the San Francisco Public Library, and Villa Albertine.

Free Admission: REGISTER

San Francisco Pulblic Library Main Branch
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110, USA


(Tendler plays Pamela Z's Thank You So Much)

Saturday, March 11, 2023, 7:30pm
92nd Street Y (92NY)

Pamela Z, Kate Stenberg, & Sarah Cahill

After his father’s unexpected death, acclaimed New York-based pianist Adam Tendler used his inheritance – a wad of cash received in a parking lot – to begin a commissioning project, inviting some of today’s most influential composers and sound artists to create new piano works exploring the idea of inheritance itself. Woven into an intimate program, these pieces tell a universal story of lineage, loss, and place, and result in a meditation on confronting our past while moving toward the future.

The New York premiere of Inheritance features works by Laurie Anderson, Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Devonté Hynes, inti figgis-vizueta, Pamela Z, Ted Hearne, Angélica Negrón, Christopher Cerrone, Marcos Balter, Darian Donovan Thomas, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Scott Wollschleger, Mary Prescott, Timo Andres and John Glover.

Purchase Tickets

92NY /
The 92nd Street Y, New York
1395 Lexington Avenue
(between 91st & 92nd street)
New York, NY 10128



Pamela Z: A Secret Code
REWIRE International Festival for Adventurous Music

Sunday, April 9, 2023
The Hague, The Netherlands

Pamela Z's performance at REWIRE will works from her most recent solo album ‘A Secret Code’, which shines brightly with musical playfulness, inventiveness, and virtuosity.

Pamela Z performs on Sunday 9 April.

Multiple Venues
The Hague, The Netherlands



Ensemble for These Times: Fractured Light
E4TT plays Pamela Z's Only If It's Asked For

Saturday, April 15, 2023 7:30pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music


In collaboration with SF Conservatory of Music's TAC Department
E4TT showcases three commissions by composers Juhi Bansal, inti figgis-vizueta, and Michael R. Smith, and works by Salina Fisher, David Garner, Angelica Negron, Marcus Norris, and Pamela Z (the San Francisco Premiere of her Only If It's Asked For – for vibraphone and tape).

Fractured Light
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Osher Hall
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA USA


Pamela Z (x 3)

PAMELA Z in concert at MIT

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 5:30pm
Massachussetts Institute of Technology


Free Admission
Registration information will be available on starting April 1, 2023, via this link.

MIT Media Lab, 6th Floor 
75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA




MIT presents an evening of works by Pamela Z as part of her MIT McDermott Award residency at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, USA

Pamela Z will appear in a concert featuring a selection of her works for solo voice and electronics, along with chamber works, including Presence with Kate Stenberg (violin) and Sarah Cahill (piano), and Summons performed by an MIT chamber group, as well as a duet for gesture-controlled instruments with special guest Donald Swearingen.



PAMELA Z public lecture at MIT's Media Lab

Thursday, April 20, 2023
Massechussetts Institute of Technology


Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT Public Lecture by Pamela Z

5:00pm, MIT Compton Laboratories

Through video and audio examples, composer/performer and interdisciplinary artist Pamela Z will share her work and her process and 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.

Registration information will be available on starting April 1, 2023, via this link.

MIT Compton Laboratories 26-100
60 Vassar Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts





Pamela Z solo Concert at

April 29, 2023 8:00pm
Club Sukdakoff @ New College of Florida

Solo works for voice, electronics, and video at New Music New College in Sarasota, FL USA

Pamela Z will return to New Music New College’s "Club Sudakoff" perform a program of solo works for voice, real-time electronic processing, sampled sounds, wireless gesture controllers, and interactive video.

Club Sudakoff
New Music New College
5845 General Dougher Place
Sarasota, Florida 34243


Pamela Z (x 3)


Claire Chase: DENSITY 2036
(Chase plays Pamela Z's Louder Warmer Denser)

Saturday, May 20, 2023, 9pm
The Kitchen (@ Westbeth)

Pamela Z, Kate Stenberg, & Sarah Cahill

Density 2036 is a 24-year project begun by Claire Chase in 2013 to commission a new body of repertory for solo flute each year until the 100th anniversary of Edgard Varèse’s groundbreaking 1936 flute solo, Density 21.5. Chase will commission and premiere a new program of flute music every year until 2036. Each piece in the project will expand the boundaries of the instrument.

For the ten-year anniversary of Density 2036, Chase performs all Density commissions up to the present in a series of concerts at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and in free performances at The Kitchen’s Westbeth Loft as part of Carnegie Hall Citywide.

Saturday, May 20 at The Kitchen at Westbeth
6:30pm Density V: Marcos Balter: Pan
9pm Density VI: Phyllis Chen, Sarah Hennies, Olga Neuwirth, and Pamela Z

More Info

The Kitchen at Westbeth
163B Bank Street, 4th Floor Loft
New York, NY





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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, 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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