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January 2016 [pz gazzetta xxvi]
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January 26, 2016: Pasadena, CA
Art & Tech Panel and Performance
CalTech Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory

February 13, 2016: Statesburo, GA
SEAMUS Award and Performance
Georgia Southern's Emma Kelly Theater

February 18-21, 2016: Seattle, WA
Donald Byrd Dance with PZ Score
Cornish Playhouse

March 2, 2016: San Francisco, CA
Concert on Local Sirens Series
Monarch SF

March 3, 2016: San Francisco, CA
Suitcase in After Dark Exhibition
The Exploratorium

March 11, 2016: Cambridge, MA
MIT Concert
Le Laboratoire

March 13, 2016: New York, NY
The Met Breuer
NY Metropolitan Mesuem's MET BREUER

March 23, 2016: San Francisco, CA
Full: Voice at BAM/PFA
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

April 10, 2016: Blacksburg, VA
Immersive Performance in the Cube
Virgina Tech Moss Arts Center

April 28 2016: San Francisco, CA
Memory Trace at YBCA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Memory Trace Still
PZ in Memory Trace


Ringing in the New Year

Gentle Gazzetta Readers,

2016 sure took its time getting here. Then, at the last minute – at the very end of the eleventh hour, it came tearing up the stairs – taking them two and three at a time. Sliding through the door just as the clock struck midnight – winded from running – huffing and puffing “I’m here... sorry...sorry! I’m here. OK what’s happening what are we doing? I’m here. Sorry, I’m here now.” All right then.

My work is cut out for me

You’d think I’d eventually learn my lesson about cramming so many things into my schedule, but no. As I look at my 2016 calendar, the winter and spring months are already liberally peppered with visiting artist residencies, composing deadlines, workshops, concerts, and lots of travel! It’s going to be tricky making time to prepare for my big San Francisco Yerba Buena Center for the Arts production of Memory Trace at the end of April. But, during the days falling in between all my various touring and composing obligations, I’ll be working diligently on expanding the scale, developing more content, and fine-tuning the piece. After an intimate workshop-performance run at Royce Gallery this past summer, I’ll be presenting the new and expanded version of Memory Trace as the opening event of YBCA’s New Frequencies Festival on April 28th.

Meanwhile, if you live in the Los Angeles Area, San Francisco, Berkeley, New York, Boston, Seattle, Blacksburg VA, or Statesboro GA, you’ll have opportunities to see me perform (or hear my work performed) in the coming months. Read on (or scroll down if you’re chomping at the bit) for details...

Squeezing everything into Autumn

I spent the better part of the fall 2015 season away from San Francisco – doing a McKnight composer’s residency in the Twin Cities, visiting family in Colorado, and giving performances and having work performed in New York. When I returned to San Francisco, I made up for lost time by shoehorning an absurd number of solo performances, lecture/demos, and shared evenings – including a tidy little ROOM Series of duets – into the month of November.

The 2015 ROOM Series was short, but very sweet! I presented two concerts of duets – each featuring four musicians working together in every possible combination. The beautiful line-up consisted of Jorge Bachmann, Lisa Mezzacappa, Amy X Neuburg, Teddy Rankin-Parker, Crystal Pascucci, Tim Perkis, Ken Ueno, and yours truly. It was tremendous fun for the players and the audiences alike.

In addition to those two concerts, I went to New York for a duo concert with Miguel Frasconi and a performance of my string quartet by Ethel. And, back in the Bay Area, I gave solo performances on shared evenings at Center for New Music, the Future Fair at SF’s iHanger, and Light Exchange Salon Series in Oakland.

Holiday Fun and Big Art

Picasso's SylvettePicasso's 1954 Sylvette (26" high) bears a startling resemblance to the mammoth (36-foot, 60 ton) version in front of NYU's Silver Towers housing on Bleeker Street.

After all of that frenetic performance activity, I made time for some much-needed family holiday magic – celebrating Thanksgiving in Colorado, and Christmahannukwanstice in New York. And I made time to take in lots of art along the way.

There was a moving Wyeth exhibition (Andrew and Jamie) at the Denver Art Museum, and I went with my siblings to visit the beautiful large-scale works at the Dia in Beacon, NY, one of my

all time favorite museums. Earlier in fall I enjoyed the Picasso sculpture exhibition at MoMA, and John Sanborn's striking 9-channel video installation at SF Camerawork.

Sankai Kuku

There was no shortage of powerful performance work during those very busy fall months. I saw the beautiful Sankai Juku performance at BAM in Brooklyn, Mary Armentrout Dance Theater’s latest site specific dance/installation work at Chalk Hill in Sonoma County, Sara Shelton Mann’s epic retrospective at YBCA in San Francisco, and ground-breaking prepared pianist Hauschka at National Sawdust in New York. I also had the joy of joining in on the San Francisco rendition of Phil Kline’s annual roving boombox-driven tape-music concert Unsilent Night.

Gearing up for the coming season

As I write this, I’m in the midst of preparations for all the upcoming work I have in front of me. I’m just about to head out and fly down to give a performance and talks at CalTech in Pasadena, and then just continue sliding forward through all the unending tasks on my crazy winter and spring schedule.

I'm hard at work integrating MIMU (Donald Swearingen and my latest gesture control device) into my performance system, and trying to coordinate the components of all my upcoming performance and composing projects. In addition to my performing engagements and the new work I need to compose, I also have work being as the score for a new dance work by choreographer Donald Byrd. Fortuitously, he's chosen existing work – namely the piece I wrote for Kronos Quartet a few years ago. But, the project still requires my getting together parts and sound files for the quartet that will be playing the piece live.

So much to do, and so little time. And look: we're already almost a month into 2016! I’d love to stick around and chat more, but I’ve gotta run! Maybe I’ll see you at one of my many upcoming events. Read on for the deets!



Pamela Z at C4NM
PZ at Center for New Music

Teddy & Amy
Teddy Rankin Parker and Amy X Neuburg in ROOM: Duets

Teddy & Amy
Tim Perkis and PZ in ROOM: Duets

Picasso Bulls Head
Picasso Bull's Head at MoMA

Merlin & Piano
Merlin and the decaying Piano with Mary Armentrout at Chalk Hill

Sarah Shelton Mann's melting ice block
Melting ice block in
Sara Shelton Mann's Erasing Time

Linda in Serra Sculpture
My sister Linda walks into a
Richard Serra Torqued Ellipse

PZ & Swear with Oldenburg
Donald and PZ in front of the Denver Art Museum's Claes Oldenburg

Unsilent Night
Boombox carriers stroll through Civic Center / Hayes Valley

Ones Aprons
Siblings and nieces sporting holiday aprons that I made


Photos: Silvia Matheus, Pamela Z, Charles Smith, Viv Corringham


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upcoming event details:

Art + Tech Panel:
Gesture Recognition
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 6pm

Art + Tech Panel: Gesture Recognition at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA USA

Pamela Z, Composer/Performer/Media Artist
Morteza Gharib, Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Bioinspired Engineering, Caltech.

Pamela Z will perform a 25-minute set of works for voice, electronics, and gesture controllers, followed by presentations by Ms. Z and Professor Gharib, and a discussion and Q & A.

This series features conversations between artists and scholars on themes related to art, science, and technology. Participants include contemporary artists and scholars from different fields, from the humanities to science and technology, who deal with similar concepts through different means. At each event, the panelists give brief presentations on their own work and participate in a facilitated discussion on the evening's theme. The panels are organized to coincide with ongoing discussions in Caltech undergraduate classes and are intended to be of general interest to Caltech faculty, students, and the community at large.

Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory,
Guggenheim 101
California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA


Pamela Z and Morteza Gharib

SEAMUS Pamela Z to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at SEAMUS 2016
Saturday February 13, 2016, 6 pm

Pamela Z attends the SEAMUS (Society of Electro-Acoustic Music) Conference to receive the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award. She will give a solo performance as part of SEAMUS National Conference 2016 at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA USA .

Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA, USA



Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater Performs to Pamela Z Score
February 18-21, 2016, 8 pm

Spectrum Dance Theater performs new works by choreographer Donald Byrd including pieces set on Pamela Z’s “And the Movement of the Tongue” and “Geekspeak” as part of Rambunctious 2.0 // Making the Invisible Visible Dance Festival at Cornish Playhouse in Seattle, WA

Music on the program will be performed live by Seattle based string quartet Simple Measures and Judith Cohen and will also include original compositions by Wynton Marsalis and T.J. Anderson.

Pamela Z’s “And the Movement of the Tongue” was originally commissioned by Kronos Quartet, who premiered the piece at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco

Cornish Playhouse
201 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA

Spectrum Dance Theater

Pamela Z & Doe Eye
Pamela Z & Doe Eye

Pamela Z solo performance on shared bill with Doe Eye
Wednesday March 2, 2016, 8 pm

Pamela Z will give a solo concert as part of the WAM Local Sirens Series at Monarch at 8pm in San Francisco, CA USA.

101 6th Street , San Francisco, CA, USA



Suitcase (from Baggage Allowance)
in Exploratorium Extended Cinema’s Exhibition

Thursday March 3, 2016
6-10 pm

Pamela Z’s Suitcase (a part of her Baggage Allowance installation) will be on exhibit as part of After Dark: Extended Cinemas at The Exploratorium at 6pm in San Francisco, CA USA.

The Exploratorium
Pier 15, San Francisco, CA, USA



Suitcase at The Kitchen, NY, 2010 (photo: Natasha Kermani)

Pamela Z
photo: rubra (courtesy Ars Electronica)

Concert of Works for Voice & Electronics at MIT
Friday March 11, 2016, 6:30 pm

Pamela Z performs a program of solo works for voice and electronics presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) as part of the MIT Soundings Series at Le Laboratoire in Cambridge, MA USA.

Le Laboratoire Cambridge
650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA, USA



NY Metropolitan Museum of Art's new MET BREUER
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2pm & 3:15pm

Met Breuer

Pamela Z performs two sets of works for voice and electronics as part of "RELATION", a series curated by Met Museum Artist-in-Residence, Vijay Iyer at The Met Breuer in New York.

Pamela Z will give performances at 2:00 PM and 3:15 PM.

The Met Breuer
Madison Avenue and 75th Street, New York, NY, USA

Pamela Z
photo: rubra (courtesy Ars Electronica)

Solo Performance in BAM/PFA's Full: Voice
Wednesday March 23, 2016, 7 pm

Pamela Z will give a solo concert of works for voice and electronics as part of Full: Voice at Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive PFA at 7pm in Berkeley, CA USA

Full: Voice
An exploration of human voice wirh virtuoso singers. Explore the exhibition galleires and discover simultaneous performances throughout the building – including Pamela Z performing works for solo voice and electronics, bass vocalist Richard Mix singing unaccompanied works by Julan Eastman, and the Cornelius Cardew Choir – a “Deep Listening” collective.

Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center Street, Berkeley, CA, USA



Immersive Performance in Virginia Tech's CUBE
Sunday April 10, 2016, 3pm

Pamela Z gives a performance of works for voice & electronics with multi-channel sound and video in the CUBE at Moss Arts Center at 3pm in Blacksburg, VA USA.

This performance culminates a week-long residency with the School of Performing Arts, and includes a new work designed specifically for the Cube’s unique environment in collaboration with Eric Lyon, associate professor of music technology and composition.

Presented in partnership with the School of Performing Arts.

Moss Arts Center
190 Alumni Mall
Virginia Tech Campus, Blacksburg, VA




Thursday, April 28, 2016,

Pamela Z in Memory Trace

Pamela Z performs her intermedia perfomance work Memory Trace as part of YBCA’s New Frequencies Festival at Yerba Buena Center For the Arts at 8pm in San Francisco, CA

Memory Trace is a solo performance work exploring various aspects of memory through voice and electronics, multi-channel video, sampled text fragments, and gestural movement. This work, which grew out of an interactive media installation of the same name, was workshopped in a three-night run in the intimate Royce Gallery in summer of 2015, and now a large-scale version will be mounted at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum space in April of 2016

"I can still remember the time in the early nineteen nineties when I first purchased memory. I delighted in the fact that I could hold it in my hand: a thin, green wafer etched with a lattice of metal lines.  And I quickly noticed parallels between the computer’s memory and my own. Prone to anthropomorphism, I continue to compare and often confuse the two. I am interested in exploring how humans and computers store memory.  How do they 'misplace' information and how do they lose it entirely? How can we differentiate between dreams, 'real' and 'manufactured' memories? How do certain sounds and aromas trigger very old memories?"

Memory Trace explores these questions through a series of dreamlike sonic and visual episodes of remembering and forgetting.

Memory Trace was made possible by grants from the San Francisco Art Commission and the Center for Cultural Innovation.

Yerba Buena Center For the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA



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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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