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Summer 2023 [pz gazzetta xlviii]
Pamela Z Arts' Newsletter (view online)
July 9, 2023: Lenox, MA
Pamela Z at Tanglewood
Studio E at Tanglewood
August 3-6, 2023: New York, NY
PZ's Simultaneous at MoMA
MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
August 17, 2023: North Adams, MA
Roomful of Teeth & Living Earth Show
August 24 & 26, 2023: San Francisco, CA
Carbon Song Cycle
BOUNCING FROM ONE SEASON INTO THE NEXT!
Gentle Gazzetta Readers,
Summer is firmly here. Since last we spoke, Spring not only sprung but pogoed its way out – leaving the door wide open for Summer’s grand entrance with New Music Bay Area’s annual solstice event, Garden of Memory, at Chapel of the Chimes.
In a few short days I’ll be heading east for a long and eventful journey with stops and stays in Massachusetts and New York for performances and residencies at Tanglewood, MoMA, and MASS MoCA. So I figured it was about time I dropped you a line before heading out.
My Spring was filled with all manner of performances, residency activity, and significant developments. I traveled far and wide for engagements in Massachusetts, the Netherlands, Florida, Illinois, and New York. I received the MIT McDermott Award in the Arts in Boston, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York – all the while trying to compose new works for commissions whose deadlines were either fast approaching or already passed.
The culminating event of my McDermott Award Residency at MIT was a concert of my works including a suite of solos for voice & electronics, a work for woodwind quintet and "tape", and Presence, the intermedia work that I composed for and premiered with Stenberg | Cahill duo last year.
I also had chamber works performed by ensembles and soloists in San Francisco, New York, and Hamburg – some of which I had the pleasure of attending, and I mounted a sound and video installation in the 3rd Floor Gallery of Developing Environments – the building where I live and work.
Art in Full Bloom
This past season was also filled with plenty of art-seeing experiences. While in The Hague participating in the ReWire Festival, I managed to see some remarkable performances, including a powerhouse trio of turntablists – Maria Chavez, evicshen (with her stylus nails!), and Miriam Rezaei.
I also attended fifteen of the 50+ events at this year’s Bang On A Can Long Play Festival in Brooklyn – including Meredith Monk’s Ensemble with the Bang On A Can All Stars, So Percussion playing Nathalie Joachim, Van-Anh Vo, and Caroline Shaw, an epic Michael Gordon piece for 50 percussionists in Fort Greene Park, Morton Subotnick with Lilivan, and the Philip Glass Ensemble playing Glassworks in its entirety at Roulette.
A 3D matrix of tiny projection surfaces in Sarah Sze's Guggenheim show.
While in New York, I managed to see Sarah Zhe’s beautiful solo exhibition at the Guggenheim, and I saw a production of an early Pina Bausch Tanztheater work at BAM.
And, during one of the legs of my MIT residency in Boston, I made it to the ICA to see Simone Leigh’s magnificent work, which I remembered well from the USA Pavillion at last year’s Venice Biennale.
After returning home to San Francisco, I had the pleasure of hearing Julia Wolfe’s Her Story performed by the San Francisco Symphony and Lorelei Ensemble.
I also attended a performance at Zellerbach Hall of William Kentridge's Sibyl, a magical work that I first experienced in 2019 at the Rome Opera.
I saw some deeply moving visual art exhibitions at Catharine Clark Gallery (Deborah Oropallo and Michael Goldin: American Gothic), and Minnesota Street Project (Richard Mosse: Broken Spectre).
Full Summer Ahead
Now, in the few days I have left before traveling again, I’m doing my best to get some music written for Roomful of Teeth and Living Earth Show, with whom I’ll be in residence at MASS MoCA in August. We'll be workshopping my new work, This Impossible Building, which they're co-commissioning. Immediately before that, I’ll be giving a solo concert at Tanglewood, and doing a four-week residency at MoMA, NY – mounting my performance and sound installation Simultaneous. Then, upon my return to San Francisco, Christina McPhee and I will be mounting our multi-media chamber work Carbon Song Cycle, at the Exploratorium. Scroll down and read on for details...
Love as always,
Photos by: Ron Silver, Roco Córdova, Pamela Z, Caroline Alden, and Pamela Z
upcoming event details:
Sunday, July 9, 2023 8:00pm
Lenox, MA USA
Pamela Z will perform a concert of works for solo voice, live processing, and video in Studio E, Linde Center for Music and Learning at Tanglewood.
Studio E, Linde Center for Music and Learning
3A W Hawthorne Rd, Lenox, MA 01240
Performances: August 3, 5, & 6, 2023
Installation: August 9-13, 2023
Pamela Z will present her work Simultaneous at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY
Pamela Z is this year’s artist for MoMA’s annual Studio Residency program. At the Museum, she will continue to develop her recent song cycle Simultaneous in the Kravis Studio. Comprising several short pieces that explore the concept of simultaneity, the work will incorporate voice, chamber ensemble (Oboe, English horn, viola, cello, and percussion), gesture control, real-time electronic processing, language, and immersive video projections that react to sound and motion.
The residency will culminate in a public premiere of Simultaneous, a public conversation with the artist, and a glimpse into an in-progress version of the work adapted for installation with new audio recorded in MoMA’s studio.
Pamela Z, voice and electronics
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe/English horn
Charlton Lee, viola
Clara Kennedy, cello
Kjell Nordeson, percussion
Thu, Aug 3 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Aug 5 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Aug 6 at 3:00 pm - Followed by conversation with Martha Joseph
The installation will be on view during Museum hours from Wednesday, August 9 through Sunday, August 13.
MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
Pamela Z: THIS IMPOSSIBLE BUILDING
Pamela Z, Roomful of Teeth, The Living Earth Show
Thursday, August 17, 2023 8:00pm
Roomful of Teeth, The Living Earth Show, and Pamela Z will perform a workshop version of Z’s This Impossible Building in collaboration with Roomful of Teeth & The Living Earth Show at MASS MoCA Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art at 8pm in North Adams
This Impossible Building is an evening-length multi-media work for soloist, vocal octet, guitar, and percussion. Using live sampling, gesture control, and images of (impossible and possible) spaces, the all-star cast of musicians create, demolish, and renovate sonic and visual worlds within This Impossible Building. With her signature approach to her compositional practice, Z incorporates speech fragments—taken from interviews with architects, dwellers, workers, and the ensemble members themselves—as sonic building blocks for the harmonic and melodic motifs and the structural foundation of the piece.
MASS MoCA Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
87 Marshall Street
North Adams, MA 01247
Pamela Z & Christina McPhee
CARBON SONG CYCLE at the Exploratorium
Thrusday & Saturday, August 24 & 26, 2023
Pamela Z and Christina McPhee will present a three performance run of their interdisciplinary work Carbon Song Cycle at The Exploratorium in San Francisco
Carbon Song Cycle is a work for chamber ensemble and expanded cinema by composer/performer Pamela Z and media artist Christina McPhee. The work is inspired by ongoing changes and upheavals in the earth's ecosystem, and by the carbon cycle—the process through which carbon is exchanged between all terrestrial life forms and domains. It is scored for a chamber ensemble of voice & electronics, bassoon, viola, cello, and percussion and immersive, multi-screen video projections.
Pamela Z: voice & electronics
Christina McPhee: video
Dana Jessen: bassoon
Charith Premawardhana: viola
Crystal Pascucci: cello
Suki O’Kane: Percussion
Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 8pm
Saturday August 26, 2023 at 2pm
Saturday August 26, 2023 at 7pm
San Francisco, CA 94111-1455
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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