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Pamela Z’s performance plans in San Francisco for the next two months

Vocalists Pamela Z and Joan La Barbara
Vocalists Pamela Z and Joan La Barbara
courtesy of Pamela Z

Over the next two months Pamela Z will be involved in several experimental pursuits here in San Francisco; so it seems fair to review her plans in a single article.

On Thursday, March 13, she will launch her 2014 ROOM Series season. Usually these concerts have imaginatively descriptive titles, but the title for this season’s opening concert will be simply La Barbara + Z. Joan La Barbara will join her for a shared evening of experimental vocal works. Each will perform a set of solos; and, in the tradition of ROOM Series events, the evening will conclude with the two of them improvising a duo.

ROOM Series concerts continue to take place in the intimate space of the Royce Gallery. This is located in the North East Mission Industrial Zone (NEMIZ) at 2901 Mariposa Street, Unit 18. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 13. Admission is still $10, and tickets may be purchased in advance through a Brown Paper Tickets event page. Note that this page also includes a "True Cost" rate that more closely represents the cost of presenting the event.

In addition, Pamela Z will be involved with two of the events in the Sweet Thunder festival, which will be hosted by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) at the Fort Mason Center from April 24 through April 27. On Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., she will perform a new work, which she composed as a duo for electronically-enhanced voice and percussion. She will perform this piece, which has not yet been given a title, with percussionist (and SFCMP Artistic Director) Steven Schick.

There will also be an installation open to the public for the duration of the Festival called Viva Voce and created by Katharina Rosenberger and Heiko Kalmbach. This will be an interactive setting involved life-sized video projections of three singers. Visitors to the installation can “play” these vocalists by tapping on an interactive score interface displayed on a iPad screen. Pamela Z will be one of the three vocalists, the other two being Julianna Snapper and Shelly Hirsch.

All tickets for Sweet Thunder are being handled by Brown Paper Tickets, which has created a profile page for the entire SFCMP season. From this page one may purchase a pass for all Sweet Thunder events. Single tickets are also on sale for Pamela Z’s duo recital with Schick.