(all the gnus)
Fall 2019 [pz gazzetta xxxvii]
Pamela Z Arts' Quarterly Newsletter (view online)
November 29, 2019: Rome, Italy
December 1, 2019: Rome, Italy
December 14, 2019: Berkeley, CA
January 24-25, 2020: Rome, Italy
January 27, 2020: Rome, Italy
February 2, 2020: San Diego, CA
Gentle Gazzetta Readers,
Saluti da Roma! Yes, there has been an enormous gap between the last Gazzetta and this one! But, after months preparing for my move to Rome, and then another couple of months getting settled in here, I'm finally writing to you.
Half-way through the third month of my Rome Prize fellowship year, I’m only just getting started making new work, and I'm very anxious to bite into all the juicy ideas that have been simmering on the back burner since I arrived. I also have some events coming up – both here and stateside – so scroll down, if you’re wanting details. Or just read on, and you’ll get to them…
Quando a Roma...
Just within the first month, I attended a beautiful staging of Waiting for the Sibyl, a performance work by William Kentridge, paired with a revival of Alexander Calder’s 1968 Work in Progress at the Teatro dell’Opera, saw the Art Ensemble of Chicago and a duo concert with Murcoff and pianist Vanessa Wagner at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, went on two guided walks through Rome lead by the AAR arts and humanities directors (Lynn Lancaster and Elizabeth Rodini), attended a percussion ensemble concert at Palazzo Caetani, and went to art openings at MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts and L’Instituto Nazionale per la Grafica. All of this on top of a steady stream of immigration permit errands and Italian language study!
In October I attended a book-reading by Alvin Curran’s wife, Dottoressa Susan Levenstein. Afterwards, we all went out to dinner, where I sat at a table with no other than esteemed radio journalist Silvia Poggioli! She looked exactly as I had pictured her and was bubbling with engaging conversation and astute political comments. I also attended a number of concerts at Auditorium Parco della Musica, including a performance work Trilogy in Two, performed by the inimitable Helga Davis and ably directed by Andrea Liberovici. And, just this month, I saw Maestro Alvin Curran himself give an amazing and energetic solo concert at Mattatoio, the old Slaughterhouse, which has been converted into a spacious live performance and exhibition center.
I traveled back to the States for the regional premiere of Ways of Looking, my Eighth Blackbird commission, at the Art Institute of Chicago. I had a wonderful time, but it already felt strange to be away from Rome, and I actually missed taking meals with my new colossal family.
I did manage to visit both of the main exhibition sites (Giardinni and Arsenale), and both were intact and unflooded. I’ve experienced a lot of Acqua Alta in Venice, but this was extreme, and it was heartbreaking to witness all the damage to the city and, at the same time, heartening to see the resilience of the Venetians.
...Fai come fanno i Romani
I think often of my dear friends back home, but I’ve become quite comfortable living in this grand place – sharing lunches and dinners with 30+ fellows and visiting scholars each day here at the American Academy in Rome. For the first month or so, up until the temperatures began to drop a little, we were served lunch and dinner outside at a long table in the cortile. Now we eat indoors in the dining room. I sleep in a room in the main Academy building, and my studio is in the little Casa Rustica, on the precise site where Galeleo demonstrated his first telescope! It's located in the Bass garden – surrounded by olive trees, a persimmon tree, and a vegetable garden – the fruits of which are served to us at meals prepared by the capable, Alice Waters-inspired kitchen staff.
Bacioni per tutti!
Photos: Mary Margaret Jones, Pamela Z, Michael Hall, Christopher van den Berg, Scarlett Freund
upcoming event details:
As the closing event of POESIA ESPANSA | Tre Incontri Prospettici Sulla Poesia Sperimentale, American composer and sound artist Pamela Z will present a program consisting of short works for solo voice, real-time electronic processing, sampled sounds, and wireless gesture controllers, including a 2018 work entitled Other Rooms, which is built around sampled speech sounds at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, in Rome.
POESIA ESPANSA | Tre Incontri Prospettici Sulla Poesia Sperimentale
PALAZZO DELLE ESPOSIZIONI
Pamela Z gives an on-air intervie, broadcast live on Rai Radio 3, Roma.
She will be interviewed about her work (with live translation by Giulia Taglivia) and play a selection of her recordings.
Rai Radio 3
Eighth Blackbird in the bay area premiere of Pamela Z's WAYS OF LOOKING
Chicago-based Eighth Blackbird, a four-time Grammy-winning contemporary music sextet, performs with multimedia artist and composer Pamela Z. The performance includes the Bay Area premiere of Pamela Z’s Ways of Looking, a new composition exploring the musicality of speech sounds, commissioned by Eighth Blackbird, as well as a short, solo performance by Pamela Z on voice and electronics.
Parking will be a problem on campus for the Dec 14 performance due to a Cal Basketball game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.
Pamela Z will give performances for solo voice, electronics, and video at MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Roma, as part of the INDEPENDANT PROJECT Summit: FRIENDSHIP | SOLIDARITY | ALLIANCES.
The Museum has organized a two-day public program/summit entitled FRIENDSHIP | SOLIDARITY | ALLIANCES, a series of lectures, performances and screenings, to bring together some of the protagonists of the international independent art scene.
MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts
Rome Prize Fellows Pamela Z (Composer/Performer) and Alana Mailes (Renaissance and Early Modern Studies) will each give a half hour talk about their practices, and then both will engage with the audience in a joint Q and A.
AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME Lecture Room
As part of a program entitled "Beethoven Interpolations" under the direction of Steven Schick, the UCSD Chamber Orchestra will perform Pamela Z's Heiligenstadt Lament with the composer as soloist on voice and electronics.
This concert is programmed in conjunction with UCSD Music Department's Beethoven Festival, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven'sbirth.
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 the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, the Creative Capital Fund, the Herb Alpert Award, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention and the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship. www.pamelaz.com
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