Pamela Z performs a suite of solo works for voice and electronics to open a concert by Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra (in partnership with LA Philharmonic's Noon to Midnight Festival) on Sunday, November 19th, 2017, in Santa Monica, CA. She is processing her voice using custom MAX MSP software and manipulating sound using gesture-controlled MIDI instruments. Excerpts in this video include: 0:00 Quatre Couches 3:21 Badagada 6:14 Typewriter 7:47 Breathing
Del Sol Quartet in the premiere of Pamela Z’s Attention
Thursday November 10, 2016 at the Exploratorium's Kanbar Forum in San Francisco.
Attention is a new work by Pamela Z commissioned by Del Sol String Quartet. Composed for string quartet, fixed media (video and multi-channel sound), voices, and mobile phones, the work explores the ways in which attention and focus are challenged in today’s culture.
Attention was presented by the Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts program, and was supported by a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Memory Trace is a solo performance work exploring various aspects of memory through voice and electronics, interactive multi-channel video, sampled text fragments, and gestural movement. The piece was workshopped in a three-night run at San Francisco's intimate Royce Gallery. A large-scale version will be mounted at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in April of 2016.
This work sample is excerpted from documentation of the July/August 2015 performance run at Royce Gallery. The sample shows Pamela Z singing, sampling and layering her voice, manipulating sound and image with various gesture controllers, and working in ensemble with video that she created. (visible in the projected video: Julie Queen, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Dana Iova-Koga, Paige Starling-Sorvillo, Sten Rudstrøm)
Pamela Z (composer, performer, video, visual design)
Jen Cleary (lighting design)
Ian Winters (camera for projected images)
Mary Armentrout, Dana Iova-Koga, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Satu Palokangas, Julie Queen, Sten Rudstrøm, Paige Starling-Sorvillo, Marshall Trammell (onscreen performers)
Video Documentation: Silvia Matheus
Excerpts in this video: 0:00 Solo performance at Steim in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2007) 0:49 "Badagada" at Sussex University's Meeting House, Brighton, UK (2013) 1:26 "Gaijin" at Theater Artaud, San Francisco, CA, USA (2001) 2:01 "Acqua" at the Exploratorium's Kanbar Forum, (Soundwave Festival) San Francisco, CA, USA (2014) 2:43 "Baggage Allowance" at Z Space @ Project Artaud, San Francisco, CA, USA (2010)
3-minute Excerpt from BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE (the performance)
Excerpted from the performances at The Kitchen (New York September 2010) and Z Space/Theater Artaud (San Francisco May 2010).
Baggage Allowance is a sonically and visually layered work focusing on the concept of baggage in all its literal and metaphorical permutations. Through vocal performance with electronic processing, found text, and recorded interviews, multi-channel sound, interactive video, and sculptural objects, Baggage Allowance scans and inventories the belongings (and memories) we all cart around. The work explores the concept of baggage in its many senses – physical, intellectual, and emotional – baggage as impediment and baggage as treasure. Drawing from Ms. Z’s extensive traveling and cartage experiences, text from found sources, and interviews with travelers who speak poetically about their memories of train travel and flying and their numerous baggage-related stories, the work touches upon the ball-and-chain-ness of dragging one’s things all over the world.