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Pamela Z announces her plans for the summer

Pamela Z in one of her water-inspired performances
Pamela Z in one of her water-inspired performances
courtesy of Pamela Z

Those who follow Pamela Z’s imaginative work in both vocalization and electronics will be happy to know that there will be several opportunities this summer to experience her performances. I am hoping that, by running this announcement a bit sooner, I can make up for my last-minute tardiness in providing information about her last ROOM Series concert this past weekend. There will, in fact, be three new ROOM Series events during the summer months, along with two solo performances in exhibition settings.

The ROOM Series concerts will continue to be held in the intimate space of the Royce Gallery, located in the North East Mission Industrial Zone (NEMIZ) at 2901 Mariposa Street, Unit 18. All three coming concerts will take place on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. General admission is $10; but Brown Paper Tickets also allows for the purchase of a True Cost Ticket for $15, a price that more closely represents the cost of presenting the event. Details for each performance, with a hyperlink to the appropriate Brown Paper Tickets event page, are as follows:

June 26, Foot and Mouth: The title of this program refers to artists who use their voices in their work. We can expect fancy footwork and fussy mouth-work from multidisciplinary performance artists Christine Bonansea, Dohee Lee, and Mary Armentrout. They will perform solos and works in various ensemble configurations. Pamela Z will then join in for some duos; and, as usual, the concert will conclude with an improvised finale by all participants.

July 10, Upright: The “star” of this concert will be the Royce Gallery’s old Melville Clark upright piano. In addition Pamela Z will be bringing her Schyling foetal grand to the recital. She will be joined by participating pianists Sarah Cahill, Luciano Chessa, and Joe Lasqo. Over the course of the evening, there will be works for two hands, four hands, six hands, and eight hands, concluding with the usual improvised tutti finale.

July 31, The Body Electroacoustic: The final program of the summer series will be an evening of electroacoustic music by composer/performers. Pamela Z will be joined by Donald Swearingen, Jon Leidecker, and Kadet Kuhne. All of the performances will involve gesture-based interfaces. Suki O’Kane and Giselle Eastman will be guest performers for Kuhne’s work, using their gestures to excite sonorities from vibraphone, bass drum, and clarinet.

In addition, Pamela Z will be involved with Projected Personae, an exhibition that will be presented by SOMArts to celebrate their 35th anniversary. Curated by Justin Hoover, the exhibition is about the self as surface and the construction of identity through performance, cultural drag, and bodybuilding. The gallery is located at 934 Brannan Street (between Eighth Street and Ninth Street); and Projected Personae will run from July 22 through August 16. Gallery hours are from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Pamela Z will have one of the twelve exhibits on display.

She will also perform at the opening. Entitled Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party, this will be a one-night-only ticketed event. It will take place at the gallery on Saturday, July 19, and run from 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission will be $12 and may be purchased in advance through an Eventbrite event page. The party will be preceded by a preview reception beginning at 7 p.m. This will be limited to 200 ticket holders and will include Salvadoran food and a hosted bar. Admission to this reception will be $35, which includes admission to Night Light. Tickets may be purchased through the same event page.

The following month Pamela Z will be one of the performing artists in soundwave ((6)) water, the San Francisco Innovative Art & Music Biennial., which will run from July 10 through September 28. She will be contributing to (sub)mersion at the Exploratorium, an immersive surround sound and cinema event presented by the MEDIATE Art Group and SF Weekly in partnership with the Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts program. Pamela Z will present one of four performances on the program. Entitled “ACQUA,” this will be a suite of short works for voice, electronic, and video, incorporating live and sampled watery sounds and images, manipulated in real time with gesture-activated MIDI controllers.

(sub)mersion at the Exploratorium will take place in the Kanbar Forum of the new Exploratorium, located at Pier 15. The two-hour concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 21. Admission comes with the purchase of a Thursday night After Dark Ticket. Prices are $10 for Exploratorium members and $15 for general admission. (Thursday night hours are restricted to adults aged eighteen and over.) The Exploratorium has a Web page from which tickets may be purchased in advance. In addition MEDIATE has an Infoline at 415-484-6278.

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