Carbon Song Cycle at Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive / premiere April 12, 2013


video documentation of the performance at BAM/PFA 






Carbon Song Cycle is a performance work for multiscreen cinema, voice, electronics, and chamber ensemble. The song cycle is a Romantic form, describing a journey in a landscape.  Aleatory effects, and chance operations trace the disruptive and generative forces unleashed by climate change.  Time-images spread over multiple backlit and front projection screens and scrims throughout the performance of Pamela Z’s songs.  For the premiere at Berkeley Art Museum, the cinematic component included twelve projections in and around the central open volume, Studio B, at the Berkeley Art Museum, a seventies-era ‘brutalist’ style building designed in part for installation and performance.  The musical and video scores are approximately 45 minutes in length with improvisational variations.

Please see BAM/PFA L@TE’s Flickr page to view extensive photographs of the performance of Carbon Song Cycle on April 12, 2013.

Some performance documentation clips:

performance / expanded cinema installation / Christina McPhee and Pamela Z
variable dimensions depending on architectural space for performance
45 minutes


 Roulette, Brooklyn, November 20, 2013

Carbon Song Cycle at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, April 12,  2013


Video Composition, Scenography, and Animations: Christina McPhee
Music Composition, Voice and Electronics: Pamela Z
Cello and Voice: Theresa Wong
Bassoon: Dana Jesson
Viola: Charith Premawardhana
Percussion: Suki O'Kane

Set Designer: Hargrave Studio
Video Technician: Drew Detweiler
Sound Engineer: Sean Carson

Performance photo credits : Theresa Wong, Peter Earl McCollough, Terry Hargrave, Drew Detweiler, Silvia Mateus, S. D. Willis, Lina Vezzani-Katano.

Carbon Song Cycle is a performance work for multi-screen cinema, voice, electronics and chamber ensemble, commissioned by New Music Bay Area, and is made possible in part by grants from the MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital (2012) and New Music USA's Commissioning Music USA program.

 Carbon Song Cycle video album

L@te at BAM/PFA, Berkeley, California Spring 2013

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