PAMELA Z: WUNDERKABINET
With Alex Kelly and Christina McPhee | Los Angeles premiere
REDCAT, Los Angeles, October 12-14, 8:30 p.m. Sunday matinee October 15, 3:00 p.m.
“The most gifted and enterprising vocalist/composer/audio artist in the United States since the heyday of Joan La Barbara and Meredith Monk.” The Wire
REDCAT presents the latest opus from Pamela Z: Wunderkabinet, a multimedia opera inspired by and based on the exhibits of the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Differences between reality and fiction are questioned as Wunderkabinet’s central character “Alice May Williams” makes her way from New Zealand to the Los Angeles area in search of the scientists of the Mount Wilson Observatory. There she finds herself in a strange cabinet of curiosities where she eventually becomes a docent.
The music of Wunderkabinet is performed by Pamela Z (voice and live electronic processing) and Alex Kelly (cello & electronics). The piece is performed in a multi-layered set (designed by Pamela Z) which constantly shifts and changes as it is bathed in Christina McPhee’s projected images, evoking the dark yet radiant focus of the museum’s dioramas. The score (composed by Z and Matthew Brubeck) utilizes bowed and plucked strings, sampled found objects, and a wide range of vocal work ranging from operatic bel canto to experimental extended vocal techniques and spoken text. The libretto is derived from passages of actual descriptive texts from the Museum of Jurassic Technology’s exhibitions and stories inspired by them.
Information about Pamela Z: http://www.pamelaz.com/
Information about the Museum of Jurassic Technology: http://www.mjt.org/
REDCAT (the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), CalArts’ downtown center for innovative visual, performing and media arts, is located at the corner of W. 2nd St. and S. Hope St., inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. Evening performances are scheduled for October 12 through 14 at 8:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on October 15 at 3:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $20-$16, with discounts available. Seating is general admission. Tickets may be purchased at the REDCAT box office located at the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets, by calling 213.237.2800, or at . Please plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before curtain time. Seating at REDCAT is unreserved, and late seating is not guaranteed. Parking is available in the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking garage. Enter from 2nd St. and proceed to level P3 for direct access to REDCAT. The evening event rate is $8 after 5 p.m. Before 5 p.m., the maximum daytime rate is $17.