(all the gnus)
Summer 2019 [pz gazzetta xxxvi]
Pamela Z Arts' Quarterly Newsletter (view online)
June 13, 2019: Brooklyn, NY
June 15, 2019: New York, NY
June 21, 2019: Oakland, CA
June 22, 2019: San Francisco CA
June 29, 2019: Richmond, CA
July 12, 2019: San Francisco, CA
August 2-4, 2019: North Adams, MA
August 29, 2019: San Francisco, CA
Changing It Up
Gentle Gazzetta Readers,
It’s been a hectic and exciting couple of months since I wrote you last. I’ve been tying up loose ends on commissioned works, premiering new works, giving performances from coast to coast in the States, installing a solo exhibition in Berlin, giving presentations and performances in the woods of Vermont, all while frantically trying to sort out the details of an imminent year-long stay in Italy.
Yes, I’m moving to Rome!
I’m really looking forward to the chance to dedicate some solid time to creating new solo work. Those of you who have been following me have surely noticed that I’ve been performing a somewhat unchanging program repeatedly in my solo concerts for some time now. This is in spite of the fact that I’ve probably composed more music in the past year than I have in the several years preceding. But nearly all of this new work was commissioned by various chamber ensembles, soloists, and choreographers. I’ve composed a record number of works for other people to perform and hardly anything for my own solo repertoire. Starting now that’s going to change. For a while, I’ll be holding off on composing works for others until I at least get a running start on making some new solos.
Sea to Shining Sea
Eighth Blackbird played the piece beautifully, and I joined them in playing the final movement to a hall filled with an attentive and receptive audience. All of these watershed moments occurred within the few short months since I last wrote you!
Still to come...
Photos: Kamila Metwaly,Raisa GalofrePamela Z
upcoming event details:
Celebrate the release of "Elastic City: Prompts for Participatory Walks," Elastic City's new book on the participatory walk form. Pamela Z will lead one of her “prompts” from her 2011 SITE READING walk as part of the Prompts Book Release event at The Invisible Dog at 6:30pm in Brooklyn, NY USA.
Elastic City: Prompts for Participatory Walks is a new book that includes instructions (aka prompts) from more than 35 artists' walks along with a section that features the insights and philosophy of EC Founder Todd Shalom, who spent 14 years presenting and refining walks.
The book features 48 prompts, walk ephemera and contributions from a eclectic roster of visual, performance and text-based artists, including: luciana achugar, Andrés Andreani, Anna Azrieli, Chiara Bernasconi, Juan Betancurth, Becca Blackwell, Michelle Boulé, Tania Bruguera & Mujeres en Movimiento, Isabella Bruno, Cristian Carracedo, Kate Colby, Jon Cotner, Jose De Diego, Karen Finley, Neil Freeman, Anthony Goicolea, Neil Goldberg, Miguel Gutierrez, Nisan Almog Haymian, Riley Hooker, Matthew Jensen, Nina Katchadourian & Andrew Zarou, Wayne Koestenbaum, Amichai Lau Lavie & Shawn Shafner, Mimi Lien, Erin Markey, Robert Mauksch, Daniel Neumann, The Office of Recuperative Strategies (featuring Christian Hawkey & Rachel Levitsky), Okwui Okpokwasili, Hayal Pozanti, Anne Percoco, Sarah Schulman, Todd Shalom, Niegel Smith, Leandro Tartaglia, Andrea Williams, Kristin Geneve Young, and Pamela Z.
RSVP for the launch HERE.
Pamela Z gives a solo peformance of works for voice, electronics, and multi-channel video as part of ASSEMBLY at The Kitchen at 6:30pm in New York, NY USA
Over three weekends in June, The Kitchen's building will contain three empty floors that will be stripped of their identity of gallery, theater, and office space; each floor will be activated sequentially through custom sound and video systems by musicians, dancers, performance artists and DJs, incorporating artists who have worked with The Kitchen over decades, as well as those new to the space. ASSEMBLY aims to promote thinking about access, collective thought, and recognizing how sound/music and the structure of certain spaces lend themselves to a nuanced and rich cultural exchange. By recasting the use of our building to more fluidly generate these ideas, The Kitchen can meditate on how non-profit institutions should represent, and be shaped by, their publics in the present day. Organized by Kevin Beasley, Lumi Tan, Tim Griffin and Nicole Kaack.
Participating artists include Suzi Analogue, King Britt presents Moksha Black, Richard Kennedy, HPrizm, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Lafawndah, Mhysa, Jason Moran, NAR, Angie Pittman, stud1nt, Logan Takahashi, David Thomson, Wetware, whoisskitzo, and Pamela Z.
Tickets: $10 General / $8 Members. Children under 18 free (reservation recommended)
Pamela Z gives solo voice and electronics performances as part of Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, CA.
The program will feature continuous simultaneous performances by Bay Area composers and musicians presenting a variety of acoustic and electronic music in a walk-through concert in different parts of the beautiful, Julia Morgan-designed building. The audience is free to move throughout the building during the performances. From 5pm to 9pm.
Chapel of the Chimes
a fundraiser celebrating the Bay Area invented instrument community and the Window Gallery
5:30pm, reception hosted by the Board of Directors
Join us for a celebration of the Bay Area invented instrument community and C4NM’s Window Gallery. 5:30-7pm, our Board of Directors will host a reception with new music by curators Bart Hopkin and David Samas. From 7-9pm Pamela Z and Donald Swearingen will perform alongside special guests Krys Bobrowski, Brenda Hutchinson, and the Karen Stackpole Trio. Proceeds from this special event will support C4NM’s Window Gallery, allowing us to continue presenting the most imaginative instrument inventors and artists crossing the boundaries between visual art, acoustic craftsmanship, and music.
Center for New Music
Donald Swearingen and Pamela Z will perform solo and duo works for electronics, voice, and sensor-based gesture controllers on a shared evening with Mauro Fortissimo as part of Spirit of Invention III at Bridge Storage and ArtSpace at 7pm in Richmond, CA USA
Get Tickets HERE.
Bridge Storage and ArtSpace
Pamela Z's Suitcase (from Baggage Allowance) will be shown as part of side by side/in the world, a group exhibition featuring California artists whose work reflects on sanctuary.
side by side/in the world takes its title from Jimmy Santiago Baca’s poem Sanctuary, which starts with a line that speaks to our shared responsibility in cultivating sanctuary: “I could not disengage myself from the rest of the world.” The poem frames sanctuary in the small acts of kindness that reflect an attitude of engagement. The artists in side by side/in the world give mark-making new life as a metaphor for renewal, revision and recollecting. In works that investigate histories of exclusion and migration, artists employ processes and materials that suggest healing and mending. Others approach the genre of landscape by transforming it into a poetic, otherworldly space of the imagination that nonetheless maintain a connection to the lived world. The unique formal approaches in the exhibition can therefore be read as metaphors for cultivating sanctuary.
Featured artists: Eddie Aparicio, Esther Elia, Sheila Ghidini, Asma Kazmi, Yoon Lee, Crystal Liu, Lisa Solomon, Lauren A. Toomer, Alberto Toscano, and Pamela Z
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery
Pamela Z will give a solo concert of works for voice & electronics, and she will have two of her chamber works performed by Bang On A Can Summer Music Program ensembles during the Bang On A Can LOUD Weekend, a fully loaded eclectic super-mix of minimal, experimental, and electronic music at MASS Moca. Head to bangonacan.org for more info.
Highlights include: the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ben Frost, Daniel Reimer, Dither Guitar Quartet, Sun Ra Arkestra, Dracula with Philip Glass’ live score featuring the Philip Glass Ensemble, Brian Eno’s Discreet Music performed by Contact ensemble, Pauline Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations, singer Julianna Barwick, composer-performer Pamela Z, composer-singer-instrument inventor Lesley Flanigan, Annie Gosfield, Tristan Perich, Brendon Randall-Myers, music by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and many more!
Friday-Sunday, August 2nd through 4th, 2019
Get tickets HERE.
Pamela Z will give a solo performance of works for voice with live processing and projected image in conjunction with the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery's side by side/in the world exhibition, at The LAB in San Francisco.
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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