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Fall 2017 [pz gazzetta xxxii]
Pamela Z Arts' Quarterly Newsletter (view online)

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October 20, 2017: San Francisco, CA
Solo Works for Voice & Electronics
Adobe Books

October 27, 2017: Williamsburg, VA
Solo Concert at William & Mary
Kimball Theater, College of William & Mary

November 18-19, 2017: Los Angeles, CA
Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra
performs Z

LA Philharmonic Walt Disney Hall

December 11, 2017: San Francisco, CA
ROOM: Tongue Teeth Lips
ROOM Series at Royce Gallery

December 12, 2017: New York, NY
LEIMAY Kalavinka
Benefit Honoring Meredith Monk

CAVE, home of LEIMAY

January 29, 2018: Memphis, TN
Performance & Lecture/Demonstration
Rhodes College

Febuary 15, 2018: New York, NY
Bang On A Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert
Merkin Concert Hall



PZ with Bourgeois Spider
PZ with the Louise Bourgeois Spider at MoMA


Art as Remedy

Gentle Gazzetta Readers,

Autumn is here. So many changes. The kind of change I’d prefer would be in the temperature and the color of the foliage which, alas, was about to turn just as I left the East Coast after a brief northeast tour. As I write this, the scent of burning wood hangs in the air. It is not from a fireplace or bonfire. It is the smoke-filled air wafting across the Bay from the Wine Country, where wildfires are raging. We are living through some seriously distressing times with one disaster (human-made and otherwise) striking after another. Violent storms, shootings, fires, earthquakes, and dangerously erratic executive decisions are shaking the whole world relentlessly. I must confess, I’m feeling inclined to retreat from the news and instead bury myself in my own art-making and take solace in the abundance of power and beauty in the work of other artists.

On the East Coast...
During my recent East Coast jaunt, I certainly did just that. In between giving lecture/demos, colloquia, and concerts at the Pratt Institute, Princeton, and Brown University, I engaged in much concert-going and museum-visiting, and I witnessed some extraordinary work! Most notably, I saw Pina Bausch Tanztheater at the BAM Next Wave Festival, in a performance I’ve been anticipating for months. They danced two of their most iconic, early works – Café Muller and Rite of Spring – on an astonishing double bill. Both works met and exceeded all my expectations and were nothing short of breathtaking.

I attended a performance called Frantic Beauty by the intermedia Butoh company, LEIMAY, also at BAM. The piece was graced by a moving score by television composer Jeff Beal, and an otherworldly visual design by LEIMAY’s Shige Moriya, who uses projectors as lighting instruments to remarkable effect. Late in my trip, I saw a third BAM production featuring Kronos Quartet, Vân Ánh Võ, and the inimitable Rinde Eckert in a work based on the My Lai massacre. And on my last night, I took in the first five hours of a 19-hour performance of Satie’s Vexations at the Guggenheim. The event echoed the 1963 John Cage-curated concert, with 20 pianists faithfully repeating the short work in 20-minute shifts, and featured some of the same performers including Christian Wolfe and Joshua Rifkin.

Back and Forth and Back Again
I've actually been criss-crossing the country for the last several months. In July, I performed in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens Festival with Axis Dance Company's Occupy, the Stephan Koplowitz work that I scored. Immediately after that, I flew to New York to perform at the Rite of Summer Festival on Governor's Island.

Suzanne Ciani
Suzanne Ciani at SFEMF

I then returned to San Francisco and, before leaving once again for the East Coast, I gave a live performance on KPFA with Tom Dimuzio and Moe! Staiano, and did my customary duty on the organizing committee of the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, with an impressive lineup including Suzanne Ciani and Aaron Dilloway.

And then, after yet another coast-to-coast hop, I continued my interlaced art-making and art-viewing – alternating concert-going (sometimes 2 in a day!) with long hours in my studio recording and mixing tracks for my next record. I performed at the 45th Anniversary celebration of Developing Environments (AKA Project 2), the building where I live and work, attended concerts at BAM/PFA (Scott Amendola’s Orchestra di Pazzi) and Herbst Hall (Kronos Quartet with the Living Earth Show and Youth Speaks), and attended screenings including films by Lynn Sachs, Sandra Davis, Lynn Kirby, and Cauleen Smith at the Mill Valley Film Festival and Pacific Film Archive. I was absolutely floored by a masterpiece of 360º cinema by Vicki Bennett (AKA People Like Us) with surround sound by Jon Leidecker (AKA Wobbly) in the Cinechamber during the Recombinant Festival at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.

More Work and More Travel Ahead
I really have to settle down and get more of my own work done, as I have my album to finish, and I need to get started composing my commissioned work for the San Francisco Girls Chorus, which premieres next spring. And I have lots more traveling and performing on my calendar before the year ends! Scroll (or hyperly jump) down for all the details. This, my friends, is how I carry on during these trying times.



Pina Bausch Tanztheater
Pina Bausch Tanztheater curtain call after Rite of Spring at BAM


Pina Bausch Crew
Pina Bausch crew spreading earth on the stage for Rite of Spring

PZ at Brown
PZ performing at Brown

Silvie Courvoisier and Margaret Leng Tan
Sylvie Courvoisier and
Margaret Leng Tan play Vexations

Pamela Z on Governor's Island
PZ Performing at Rite of Summer

PZ, Judith Smith, Stephan Koplowitz
PZ, Judith Smith, Stephan Koplowitz

Axis Dance
Axis Dance Company performing Occupy

Tiffany with Carillon
Thomas Dimuzio, Moe! Staiano, PZ

Tiffany with Carillon
PZ amidst pinwheels in Prospect Park










Photos: Pamela Z, Marianna McMurdock, Julie Queen, and Keith Butler.


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upcoming event details:

Pamela Z Solo at Adobe Books Music Series
Friday, October 20, 2017, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Pamela Z will perform a set of solo works as a part of Adobe Books LIVE MUSIC series in a shared evening with T.D. Skatchit & Co and Kim Nucci.

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who processes her voice to create complex sonic layers. She combines experimental vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, and sampled sounds – using custom MIDI controllers that allow her to manipulate sound and image with physical gestures.

T.D. Skatchit & Company features Tom Nunn & David Michalak playing skatchboxes with guests from over 20 collaborators known as the Company. Tonight Tom Djll guests on trumpet and electronics for some ELECTRIC SKATCH. A free T.D. Skatchit & Co. CD featuring Tom is included with admission.

Kim Nucci is an Oakland-based multimedia artist/composer and improviser. She plays woodwinds and various homemade circuit and acoustic instruments. She likes making big things and very tiny things. Kim claims to be the Pope of facebook and worships dollar slice pizza as the one true god, while living in the god(pizza)less land of California.

Free and Open to the Public
(Donations Encouraged)

Adobe Books
3130 24th Street, San Francisco, CA



Pamela Z & Donald Swearingen

Solo Concert at Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg, VA
Friday October 27, 2017, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Splinter Reeds
photo: rubra (courtesy of Ars Electronica)

Pamela Z will give a solo performance of works for voice, electronics, and video presented by the College of William & Mary at the Kimball Theatre.

FREE & Open to the Public

Kimball Theatre
College of William & Mary
428 W Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185


Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra Plays Z
Saturday & Sunday, November 18 & 19, 2017

Splinter Reeds

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra performs Pamela Z’s And the Movement of the Tongue as part of Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight Program at Walt Disney Concert Hall at 10:00pm in Los Angeles, CA USA

Originally composed for Kronos Quartet, the work will be revised for string orchestra. The program will also include works by Krists Auznieks, Peter Shin, and Gabriella Smith. Pamela Z will also perform solo works for voice and electronics on the November 19th program.

Saturday November 18, 2017, 10pm
LA Philharmonic Noon-to-Midnight Series
111 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA


Sunday November 19, 2017, 2pm
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica

1220 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA

ROOM: Teeth Tongue Lips
Monday, December 11, 2017, 8pm

Splinter Reeds

The ROOM Series presents an evening of experimental voice featuring solos, duos, and ensemble works performd by eight Bay Area experimental voice (and voice & electronics) artists on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8pm in San Francisco, CA USA

Pamela Z
Aurora Josephson
Amy Foote
Lorin Beedict
Richard Mix
Amy X Neuburg
Julie Queen
Ron Heglin

Get Tickets Now through Brown Paper Tickets.

The ROOM Series @ Royce Gallery
2901 Mariposa Street (between Harrison & Alabama), San Francisco



LEIMAY Kalavinka Benefit Gala Honoring Meredith Monk
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 7pm - 10:30pm

Resonance from an Eggshell
The Third Annual LEIMAY Gala

Meredith Monk

Special Performances by:
Meredith Monk, The LEIMAY Ensemble, Pamela Z, and other Special Guests

Join us in celebrating artists Shige Moriya and Ximena Garnica, their expansive body of work and commitment to supporting other emerging artists. Since 1996, Shige and Ximena have led a variety of community programs providing affordable workspace, training and presenting opportunities for emerging artists at their home studio, CAVE, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Kalavinka will honor acclaimed composer, singer, and choreographer, Meredith Monk. The evening will bring together artists, friends, and art supporters at CAVE for an intimate seated dinner in a unique environment of installations and performances. The dinner will be followed by an after party event, offering additional guests the opportunity to meet and share with LEIMAY’s artists and ensemble at their home and workspace.

Click here for tickets and information.

at CAVE, home of LEIMAY
58 Grand Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

CNMAT Poster

Honoraree Chair:

Marina Abramovic'

Benefit Co-Chairs:
Helen Little and Marina Bacardi

Benefit Committee:
Jeff Beal, Claire Chase, Helga Davis, Ellen Fisher, Claude Grunitzky, Alanna Heiss, Kristin Marting, Missy Mazzoli, Jenni Muldaur, Paola Prestini, Lyndley Schwab, Peter Sciscioli, Robert Wilson, Pamela Z, and Raul Zbengheci



Pamela Z Performance and Lecture/Demonstration
Monday, January 29, 2018
CNMAT Poster
photo: Charles Smith

Pamela Z will give a performance of works for voice, electronics, and video and a lecture/demonstration as part of Springfield Lecture Series at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN

Rhodes College
200 North Parkway, Memphis, TN


Bang On A Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert
Thursday, Febuary 15, 2018, 7pm

Pamela Z will join the Bang on a Can All Stars in performing her 1998 work The Schemetterling, as they celebrate their 20th year of awarding composers through the People’s Commissioning Fund.

Merkin Concert Hall
129 West 67th Street, New York, NY


Splinter Reeds


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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 a Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, 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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