Carbon Song Cycle is a multimedia chamber work by composer/performer Pamela Z and video artist Christina McPhee. The work, scored for voice & electronics, bassoon, viola, cello, percussion, and multi-channel video, includes texts, melodic motifs and images derived from scientific data concerning the carbon cycle, and stories related to environmental balance and imbalance.
Pamela Z, voice & electronics
Christina McPhee, video, drawing performance & expanded cinema
Dana Jessen, bassoon
Charith Premawardhana, viola
Marika Hughes, cello & voice
Russell Greenberg, percussion
Drew Detweiler, live video coordination
Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Pamela has received commissions for dance, theatre, film, and new music chamber ensembles, including Kronos Quartet, Ethel, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Her performance and installation work has been presented at venues and exhibitions, including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (San Francisco), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. Pamela’s numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award, The MAP Fund, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, and the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship.
Christina McPhee is a visual and media artist. Her topologic drawings, films, and photographs are fugue-like fusions of abstract line with landscape-notations, biomorphic imagery and writing. She’s shown work internationally at museums and galleries, including American University Museum, Washington, DC, Bildmuseet, Sweden, Museo de Arte Moderno Medellín, Documenta 12, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. McPhee has collaborated with composers, including Ava Mendoza (Directors Lounge Berlin, 2012), and Pauline Oliveros (ISEA Belfast, 2009). She is a recent Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist Grant nominee, a Turbulence.org commissioned artist (NY State Foundation for the Arts, 2009); and American Scandinavian Foundation grantee, 2006. McPhee lives and works in central coast California and San Francisco. Pamela Z and McPhee first worked together in 2005: on a one-act opera Wunderkabinet with cellist Matthew Brubeck, based on the Museum of Jurassic Technology.