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Spring 2019 [pz gazzetta xxxv]
Pamela Z Arts' Quarterly Newsletter (view online)

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April 7-May 19, 2019: Trondheim, Norway
TEKS Trondheim Elektroniske Kunstsenter

April 24-27, 2019: San Francisco, CA
Music for Flyaway Productions'

Downtown San Francisco

April 26 & 27, 2019: San Francisco CA
SoundBox: SYNTAX
SF Symphony SoundBox

May 5, 2019: San Francisco CA
Center for New Music

May 16, 2019: Hanover, NH
Solo Concert at Dartmouth
Faulkner Recital Hall, Dartmouth College

May 26, 2019: Berlin, Germany
Solo Performance & Exhibition
Savvy Contemporary

May 28, 2019: Brooklyn, NY
Pamela Z with the Bang on a Can All Stars
BAM Café, Brooklyn Academy of Music

May 30, 2019: San Francisco, CA
ROOM: Voices of Silicon Valley
ROOM Series

June 1, 2019: Los Angeles, CA
Eighth Blackbird WAYS OF LOOKING
LA Philharmonic Noon-Midnight Festival
Walt Disney Concert Hall

June 8, 2019: Leicester, VT
New Music on the Point Festival
Point CounterPoint

Still from Sonic GesturesStill from Sonic Gestures


A Roma!

Gentle Gazzetta Readers,

I started writing this from my tray table on the return flight from Norway, where I just did an extremely tightly-booked tour of Trondheim and Oslo during which I gave three concerts (a solo, a duo with Tone Åse, and a trio with Tone and Sten Sandell), two workshops, two talks, and adapted and installed a 6-channel gallery installation at Trondheim Elektroniske Kunstsenter.

Busy Busy Busy
It’s been a very long time since I’ve written to you! My (usually quarterly) Gazzetta has been on hiatus since Summer 2018 and, frankly, many of my usual serial projects (such as the ROOM Series) have been on hold for a very long time, because I’ve spent the intervening months in a seemingly relentless bout of composing commissioned works, playing concerts, and traveling for touring engagements!

I’ve raised the concept of "busy" to a new level, even by my standards, and one somewhat positive side-effect to this has been the chance to check out from the ever-disturbing stream of national and world news. I simply have not had the bandwidth to absorb much of it. Since we last connected, I’ve had three commissions premiere – Heiligenstadt Lament for the San Francisco Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Louder, Warmer, Denser for Claire Chase at the Kitchen in New York, and The Unraveling for Apollo Chamber Players in Houston. And I’ve been working like the devil to complete a score for The Wait Room, a new dance work by choreographer Jo Kreiter’s Flyaway Productions, and to finish Ways of Looking, my new chamber work for Eighth Blackbird, in time for its June 1 premiere. As I tie up the loose ends on all this composing, I've been planning and preparing for SF Symphony's latest installment of SoundBox, which is happening this coming weekend.

Dance Dance Dance
But regardless of how strapped I am for time, I always manage to squeeze some concert-going and exhibition-seeing into my schedule. It provides me with the inspiration that I need to keep going. I visited the Menil Collection while I was in Houston, attended some powerful Other Minds concerts here in San Francisco (including Arditti Quartet), and saw an amazing extended voice opera called HEXE (with Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer and countertenor Østein Elle) while I was in Oslo.

But I've actually seen a lot of dance recently, including Deborah Slater's Sleepwatchers, Risa Jaroslow's At Your Service (with an inventive score by Amy X Neuburg), and an evening of Margaret Jenkins Dance Company working with the inimitable Rinde Eckert at Paul Dresher's studio in Oakland. I also loved seeing Catherine Galasso turn ODC Theater upside down with a riveting new work called Alone Together. All of these experiences fueled my drive to complete the music for The Wait Room, which is in the midst of a two week run right now, in a vacant lot on Market Street in San Francisco.

Rome Prize!
And, my dear Gazzetta readers, I’ve just had the great honor of being awarded the Rome Prize.

Rome Prize Baldric
American Academy in Rome baldric.

This means I’ll be living in Italy for eleven months at the American Academy in Rome (dotted with multiple return trips for performing engagements I already had on my calendar), sharing

meals and ideas with brilliant scholars and artists, and developing a new interdisciplinary solo performance work called Simultaneous for voice, live electronics, and moving image.

Meanwhile, I have some exciting things close on the horizon – including a stint as guest artist/guest curator for this month’s SoundBox with members of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, a ROOM Series concert featuring Voices of Silicon Valley performing a work-in-progress version of my Correspondence, and the premiere of my newly composed work for Eighth Blackbird at the LA Phil’s Noon to Midnight festival at Disney Hall. See the summary above, or scroll down for the details. I hope to see you and some of these upcoming events.

Baci a tutti,


Teeth Tongue Lips chorus
PZ in the gallery at TEKS Studio (Trondheim Elektroniske Kunstsenter

Apollo Chamber Players Rehearsal
Apollo Chamber Players rehearsing PZ's The Unravelling

Pamela Z & Tone Åse
PZ with Tone Åse in Trondheim.

Pamela Z at Dokkhuset
PZ at Dokkhuset, Trondheim

RInde Eckert
Rinde exits stage right.

Pamela Z & Miya Masaoka
Arditti Quartet at Other Minds

Pamela Z & Miya Masaoka
PZ & Miya Masaoka with "The Victor" at Columbia's Computer Music Center

Sonsherée Giles
Sonsherée Giles appears to levitate.

Claire Chase with "Big Bertha"
Claire in bed with Bertha (the contrabass flute)



Photos: Pamela Z, Jon Leidecker, Tone Åse, Espen Gangvik, Karen Chester and Juliane Schütz.


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upcoming event details:

Pamela Z's SONIC GESTURES Installation at
TEKS Trondheim Elektroniske Kunstsenter
April 7, 2019 - May 19, 2029

Pamela Z’s six-channel video installation, Sonic Gestues, is on exhibit from April 7th through May 19th, 2019 at TEKS Elektroniske Kunstsenter in Trondheim Norway.Pamela Z & Donald Swearingen

Sonic Gestures, which premiered in April 2007 at Recombinant Media Labs in San Francisco, was commissioned and presented by NexMap. With ten frame-locked channels of HD video composed of fragmented gestural images and 16 channels of audio, Sonic Gestures was designed as a site-specific work for the immersive 360º video and sound set-up at RML's Cinechamber.

For TEKS.Studio the installation is re-configured for six screens. SONIC GESTURES presents the audience with a virtual chorus of chattering, whispering, singing, and ever transforming sonic entities.

TEKS Elektroniske Kunstsenter
Nedre Bakklandet 20C, Trondheim, Norway


Pamela Z

SF Symphony SoundBox: SYNTAX
Friday and Saturday, April 26 & 27th, 2019, 9pm

Pamela Z

Pamela Z will appear at San Francisco Symphony’s SoundBox on Friday and Saturday, April 26th and 27th, 2019 at 9pm.

Members of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra will perform a program (including several works by guest artist/guest curator Pamela Z) with Ms. Z joining them on her Heiligenstadt Lament. Z will also perform a short set of solo works.

300 Franklin Street (at Hayes)
San Francisco, CA


Jo Kreiter/Flyaway Productions THE WAIT ROOM
Wednesday - Saturday, April 24 - 27th, 2019

A site-specific outdoor performance of a new work by Jo Kreiter and Flyaway Productions with an original score by Pamela Z at 1125 Market Street in San Francisco, CA. Wednesday-Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm & 8pm

Pamela Z
Photo: RJ Muna

There are no tickets to purchase, but seating is finite. We will offer seating on a first come first serve basis for 275 people. We also encourage attendance to the Wednesday and Thursday shows.

The Wait Room, created in partnership with Essie Justice Group, is a performance installation that exposes the physical, psychic, and emotional burden of incarceration for women with imprisoned loved ones. Via a large, rolling set designed by Sean Rileyto evoke a prison visiting room, the project invokes the balancing act women have to maintain when stripped of emotional and economic support from their partners and family. Featuring an original soundscore by Pamela Z, and performance by Bianca Cabrera, Clarissa Dyas, Laura Elaine Ellis, Sonsherée Giles, MaryStarr Hope, and Megan Lowe. Additional collaborators include lighting designer Jack Beuttler and costume designer Jamielyn Duggan. 

1125 Market Street (the lot next to the Strand Theater)
San Francisco, CA


Pamela Z Solo Concert at Dartmouth
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 8pm

Festival of New Music presents compser/performer Pamela Z in a solo concert of her works for voice and electronics at 8pm at Faulkner Recital Hall at Dartmouth College.

Ms Z will also perform a new work composed for her by Dartmouth student Clara Allison.

Faulkner Recital Hall
Dartmouth College
6187 Hopkins Center, Hanover, NH


Pamela Z

Inn-fest 2019: Innova Label Bay Area Artist Showcase
Sunday, May 5, 2019, 3pm-5pm

Pamela Z

Pamela Z will give a solo performance as part of Inn-fest, the annual innova label showcase. The afternoon concert at Center for New Music will have a varied program of regional artists including:

• Friction Quartet performing selections from Spark, an album of works by members of Common Sense Composers’ Collective: Dan Becker, Marc Mellits, John Halle, Carolyn Yarnell, Belinda Reynolds, Melissa Hui, Ed Harsh, and Randall Woolf

• Areon Flutes (Jill Heinke Moen, Kassey Plaha, Meerenai Shim) performing selections by Ryan Brown and Cornelius Boots from their albums NO ERA and Thrive

• Volti ‘Singing Without a Net for 40 years’ vocal ensemble under the direction of Robert Geary, reprising selections from their new album the color of there seen from here

•Pamela Z, works for solo voice and electronics from her upcoming innova album, A Secret Code.

Center for New Music
55 Taylor St, San Francisco, California 94102, USA



Solo Performance and Exhibition in Berlin
May 23-June 9, 2019


Pamela Z will give a solo performance on May 26, 2019, at 8pm at Savvy Contemporary in Berlin, Germany. She will also have a solo exhibition of media and sound works in the gallery, with an opening on May 23rd, 2019.

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6pm: Exhibition Opening
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 4pm: Guided Tour of the Exhibition
Sunday, May 26th, 8pm: Solo Performance
Sunday, May 26th, 9pm: Artist Talk/Listening Session

Savvy Contemporary
Plantagenstraße 31, Berlin, Germany


Bang on a Can Benefit at BAM
Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 6pm-9pm

Resonant Bodies

Pamela Z will perform The Schmetterling with the Bang on a Can All Stars as part of the Bang on a Can Benefit Dinner Party at BAM Café at 6pm-9pm in Brooklyn, NY

BAM Café
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Laffayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY


ROOM: Chamber Chorus!
Featuring Voices of Silicon Valley
Thursday, May 30, 2019


The ROOM Series presents an evening of choral works with the contemporary chamber chorus Voices of Silicon Valley at 8pm in San Francisco, CA USA

Voices of Silicon Valley will perform work-in-progress excerpts from Pamela Z’s Correspondence arranged for 12 voices and Z’s solo voice & electronics. The program will also include a suite of re-imagined Renaissance madrigals, and film scores.

The ROOM Series
Royce Gallery
2901 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA


Pamela Z


Eighth Blackbird premiere
at Disney Hall
June 1, 2019, 3:45pm


Ways of Looking, Pamela Z’s newly commissioned chamber work for Eighth Blackbird will have its world premiere as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA. The work, which is in four movements, is built on the speech cadences of the members of the ensemble.

The performance of Ways of Looking is scheduled to occur at approximately 3:45pm during the 12-hour festival at Disney Hall.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA, USA



New Music on the Point Festival
June 8, 2019, 8pm


Pamela Z will perform a program of solo works for voice and electronics and chamber works (movements excerpted from Carbon Song Cycle) with festival participants at New Music on the Point in Lake Dunmore, VT, USA.

Point Counterpoint
1361 Hooker Road, Leicester, VT 05733, USA




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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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