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December 2014 [pz gazzetta xx]
Pamela Z Arts' Quarterly Newsletter (view online)

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December 5-6, 2014: BERKELEY
PZ work performed by Amy X Neuburg
Cal Performances, Berkeley, CA, USA

December 15, 2014: SAN FRANCISCO
Pamela Z and Shinichi Iova-Koga
Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA, USA

January 17, 2015: SARASOTA, FL
Performance at New Music New College
New College New Music,
Sarasota, FL, USA

February 5, 2015: NEW YORK

Joan La Barbara & Pamela Z in concert
Lincoln Center, New York, NY, USA

March 27-29, 2015: SAN FRANCISCO
World Premiere of SPAN (Z + Kim)
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA, USA

April 3, 2015: LOS ALTOS HILLS, CA
Foothill Electronic Music Festival
 Los Altos Hills, CA USA

Pamela Z & Nihan Devecioglu
Istanbul Technical University MIAM, Turkey

MAY 5, 2015: ANKARA
Pamela Z + Nihan Devecioglu
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey


Pamela Z performing Acqua
17 Reasons Sign (ca 2002) photo: Donald Swearingen

An Autumn of Travel and Very Fine Art

Gentle Gazzetta Readers,

I’m returning to San Francisco after about forty days (and forty nights) of travel. It’s been a lovely (if slightly fatiguing) journey with stops in Indiana, New York, Virginia, Florida, Colorado, and Germany! I kept very busy in all of those places – giving performances, talks, seeing and hearing loads of art, visiting family and friends, writing, rehearsing, and making recordings. And now, to make the best of a three-hour (and counting) flight delay, I’m sitting in Denver International Airport writing to you.

Crazy Busy Fall
I’ve had an extremely active and productive Fall since the previous Gazzetta. I went to New York to participate in Elastic City’s conceptual art walks festival, and I played a gig on the Wayward Music Series in Seattle. I completed a commissioned score for Jo Kreiter and Flyaway Productions’ aerial dancework Multiple Mary Invisible Jane, made a sound collage/remix for Mary Armentrout’s latest dance/installation work, and composed a song for Amy X Neuburg and the Paul Dresher Ensemble’s current project, They Will Have Been So Beautiful.

My song for Amy – inspired by a Donald Swearingen photograph of the now defunct “17 Reasons” sign that once graced the corner of 17th and Mission Streets in San Francisco – will premiere at Cal Performances December 5th and 6th along with works by 9 other composers commissioned by Amy & the Dresher Ensemble. Scroll (or jump) down if you’re chomping at the bit to learn the details of that concert or any of my other upcoming events.

In addition to my very full calendar of composing, performing and collaborations, I’ve received some interesting press. Most notably, I was written up in a Huffington Post article with the headline: “14 Artists Who are Transforming the Future of Opera”. I was surprised and flattered to find myself at the top of that list, and in such good company as interactive media artist Toni Dove, composer/performer Bora Yoon, and avant-opera singer Julianna Snapper.

Connecting with Colleagues
One of the perks of my constant traveling is the opportunity to meet and catch up with friends and colleagues across the globe. I had the pleasure of a brief hang with Stephen Vitiello during my stay in Richmond, VA, and I spent some time with Robin Cox and Stephanie Nugent in Indiana. I connected with all the usual suspects in New York (including Miya Masaoka, with whom I shared a concert at Spectrum, Toni Dove, Dan Joseph, Larry Simon, and a number of other NYC pals) and I spent time with Juraj Kojs in Miami.

In Germany, I finally got to meet Mischa Kuball at KHM in Cologne, and got to see their “KlangLabor” electronic music lab, and I was delighted to see 2014 SFEMF alum Joker Nies, who attended my performance/talk and then joined us for a meal after. In Düsseldorf, I re-connected with Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann), who organizes the Approximation Festival. The festival was excellent and quite broad in scope, and I had a great time attending all the events after my concert. I had to miss Phill Niblock’s concert – the festival opener – because I was still in Cologne that night giving a performance/talk at KHM.

Nourishing Art!
It’s always important to me to take in as much performance and visual art as possible whenever I travel, and this trip was no exception. I made it a point to see Pina Bausch Tanztheater performing the 1978 masterpiece Kontakthof at BAM in New York. (Truth be told, I pretty much built the East Coast leg of my tour around that event.) I also saw great shows at MoMA, El Museo del Barrio, and the Jewish Museum, which had a wonderful Lee Krasner/Norman Lewis exhibition. And I went to a Christie’s pre-auction show and looked at an overwhelming number of iconic works while rubbing elbows with prospective buyers. I was amused to overhear more than one couple discussing whether or not a certain Calder or Rauschenberg would go nicely above their couch.

I was thrilled to attend a new production of Stockhausen’s Originale at the Kitchen – a work I once performed with Zakros New Music Theater at Theater Artaud in San Francisco back in 1990. My role (“the Street Singer”) was performed by Nick Hallett in this production, and the “Action Painter” was portrayed beautifully by Joan Jonas.

In Miami, I had the honor of staying with Juraj Kojs and his charming partner–gallerist Harold Golen in their spectacularly decorated home filled with art deco furnishings and pop-surrealist art. I visited Harold’s gallery and had a nice walk through the Wynwood arts district.

When I got to Düsseldorf, I spent my nights attending every concert of the Approximation Festival and spent my days visiting museums and galleries. The Kunsthalle Düsseldorf was adjacent to the venue where I performed, and I also took a nice long walk to see the Katharina Grosse exhibition at the Museum Kunstpalast. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they also have some amazing works in their permanent collection in another wing. I saw installations by Nam Jun Paik, Joseph Beuys, and Laurie Anderson, to name a few.

And Düsseldorf loves Kraftwerk. They are held in very high esteem there, and I got a kick out of seeing Kraftwerk books, T-shirts, boxed sets, and other paraphenalia on sale in their fine arts museum gift stores. I nearly purchased a Krafwerk T at the Kunsthalle gift shop, but it was a bit pricey and (fortunately) too small.

In the course of my lengthy travels, I stopped back in San Francisco twice for just a day and a half and, while there, I managed to see Dohee Lee's epic Mago performance at YBCA. It had some magical moments, and included a stellar design crew including Adria Otte, Donald Swearingen, David Szlasa, and José María Francos. I also ingested some very memorable Bay Area work during the period immediately preceding my trip. This year's Day of the Dead exhibition at SOMArts was quite rich, and I'll never forget Vessels of Improvisation – a stunning ensemble performance by ROVA Saxophone Quartet and Inkboat on board a docked ship at Hyde Street Pier. And in October, while I was in Seattle briefly, I took in a beautiful Ann Hamilton exhibition at Henry Art Gallery. Experiencing work like this makes me feel nourished and inspired.

Pina Bausch Tanztheater
Pina Bausch Tanztheater curtain call at BAM Next Wave Festival

Recording in Boulder
The last leg of my extensive journey was originally intended as a Thanksgiving week visit with my family in Colorado, but it wound up becoming another semi-working trip. Violinist Lina Bahn, who is currently on the string faculty at CU Boulder, is working on a new recording project and expressed interest in including a violin transcription of my “Four Movements for Violoncello and Delays”, a work that was originally commissioned by the Saint Luke’s Chamber Orchestra in 2003 for their principal cellist. Naturally, I was happy to spend the last part of my Colorado visit in Boulder working with Lina on the piece. We rehearsed and recorded it in Grusin Hall (on the very stage where I gave my senior recital back in the Pleistocene Era when I was doing my music degree at Boulder!) She plans to release it on an album that will also contain works by the likes of John Drumheller, Ken Ueno, and others.

the "Ghost Bridge"
View of the disappearing "ghost bridge" from the new eastern span bike path.

And now, I’m back home in San Francisco, finishing up this little letter to you, and gearing up for my next flurry of activities – including a duo performance with the inimitable Shinichi Iova-Koga at the Center for New Music. And, I must get started composing the music for Span, my upcoming collaboration with video artist Carole Kim. Read on for all the deets!

Love to you all,


Dana Iova-Koga and Dohee Lee
Dana Iova-Koga and Dohee Lee in Vessels of Improvisation

Pamela Z & Karen Finley
PZ with Karen Finley after Karen's Elastic City walk

Jo Kreiter's Multiple Mary Invisible Jane
Jo Kreiter's dancers on an 80' Wall

Pamela Z and Stephen Vitiello
PZ with Stephen Vitiello in Richmond

Elena María Bey's Day of the Dead Installation
Elena María Bey's Day of the Dead Installation at SOMArts

Stockhausen Originale at the Kitchen
Joan Jonas as the "Action Painter" in Stockhausen's Originale

Harold Golan, Pamela Z, Juraj Kojs
PZ flanked by Harold and Juraj

Nam Jun Paik at Dusseldorf Kunstpalast
Nam Jun Paik video installation at Düsseldorf Kunstpalast

Joseph Beuys Street
A Street named for Bueys in Düsseldorf

Pamela Z with Mischa Kuball
PZ with Mischa Kuball at Salon des Amateurs, D'dorf

David Dunn at SFEMF
KlangLabor at KHM in Cologne

Düsseldorf pedestrian mall statue
I walked past these two every day that I was in Düsseldorf

Lina Bahn and Pamela Z
Lina Bahn & PZ in CU Boulder's
Grusin Hall

Photos by Donald Swearingen, Pamela Z, Elise Kermani, Juraj Kojs, Kevin Harbiso ,Pak Han, Peter Esmonde, Valerie Oliveiro, Paul Lundahl, Goran Vejvoda and Can Kinalikaya


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upcoming event details:

Amy X Neuburg Project includes new Pamela Z Song
December 5-6, 2014, 8pm

They Will Have Been So Beautiful:
Songs and Images of Now

Amy X Neuburg and Paul Dresher Electroacoustic Band perform new works by:
Paul Dresher, Lisa Bielawa, Jay Cloidt, Conrad Cummings, Fred Frith, Guillermo Galindo, Carla Kihlstedt, Ken Ueno, Pamela Z, and Amy X Neuburg.

Neuburg and Dresher commissioned 10 composers to create songs inspired by Diane Arbus's Guggenheim grant application, American Rites, Manners and Customs. Arbus proposed to photograph everyday people, places, and routines, which to generations of the future "will have been so beautiful." Each composer found or created a photograph or series of images, ranging from intimate self portraits to stark landscapes, that spoke to him or her in this regard, and used the images as inspiration for the music.

Cal Performances
Zellerbach Playhouse
Berkeley, CA, USA


Amy X Neuburg

Pamela Z and Shinichi Iova-Koga:
Sound | Silence | Motion | Stillness

December 15, 2014, 8pm

Flyaway Productions MMIJ
photos: Pak Han & Peter Esmonde

Pamela Z and Shinichi Iova-Koga in a duo evening of improvisatory explorations of sound, movement, and image at Center for New Music at 8pm in San Francisco, CA USA

Composer/performer Pamela Z and physical theater/dance artist Shinichi Iova-Koga will perform together in a duo evening of improvisatory explorations of sound, movement, and image. The artists will engage in sonic and visual conversations combining movement (Iova-Koga) with voice, electronics, and video (Z).

Pamela is best known for her solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. Shinichi is the Artistic Director of the performance company inkBoat. He investigates body space and kinesthetic relationship, working in many forms, finding what exists outside form. The two have collaborated in various capacitiesin the past, but this will be a rare opportunity to see them work together in a shared evening of spontaneous collaborative works.

More info: centerfornewmusic.com/calendar

Center for New Music
55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA, USA



Pamela Z Solo Performance at NEW MUSIC NEW COLLEGE, Sarasota, FL
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 8pm

Pamela Z will perform a full evening of solo works for voice, electronics, and video, including a work-in-progress excerpt from her work exploring memory.

More info: newmusicnewcollege.org/2014-2015.html

Concert: Saturday, January 17, 8:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m.

Artist Conversation:
Thursday, January 15, 5:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff (free)


Amy X Neuburg
photo: Valerie Oliveiro

Joan La Barbara and Pamela Z
Electric Voices!

Thursday February 5, 2015, 7:30pm

Joan La Barbara and Pamela Z
photo: Paul Lundahl




Lincoln Center presents a shared evening of experimental vocal works by composer and extended voice pioneer Joan La Barbara and composer/performer Pamela Z at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Each will perform their own solo works with and without electronic processing and the two will perform improvised and scored duo works.

David Rubenstein Atrium

61 W 62 Street
New York, NY 10023

a new Intermedia Chamber Work by Pamela Z and Carole Kim
March 27-29, 2015

Pamela Z and Miya Masaoka

Span, a new multimedia electroacoustic chamber work by composer/performer Pamela Z and video artist Carole Kim explores bridges from multiple perspectives. Inspired by the many historical, structural, aesthetic, functional, and cultural concerns surrounding bridges.

Scored for a six-member chamber ensemble that includes voice, brasswinds, gongs, and low strings – all of which will be processed in real time and layered over an armature of text-sound composition, will be performed within a scrimmed set created by Carole Kim and bathed in layers of her interactive video work.

Span is being produced by Circuit Network and co-presented by Fort Mason Center Presents. It is a commission of San Francisco Electronic Music Festival in celebration of SFEMF's 15th year, with commissioning support from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and additional production support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ft. Mason's Southside Theater
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA


Foothill Electronic Music Festival
Monday April 3, 2015

Pamela Z gives a performance of works for voice and electronics as part of the Foothill Electronic Music Festival at Foothill College in  Los Altos Hills, CA USA

Foothill College
El Monte Road,  Los Altos Hills, CA USA



Pamela Z and Nihan Devecioglu
performances in Istanbul and Ankara

May 2 and 5, 2015

Pamela Z and Nihan Devecioglu
photo: Goran Vejvoda | Can Kinalikaya

In the culminating event of a CEC Artslink-sponsored visiting artist residency in Turkey, composer/performer Pamela Z performs in two shared concerts in collaboration with Turkish singer Nihan Devecioglu.


May 2, 2015
Istanbul Technical University MIAM (Center for advanced Studies in Music)
Istanbul, Turkey

May 5, 2015
Bilkent University Music Department
Ankara, Turkey


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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 a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention and the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship. www.pamelaz.com

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