Pamela Z

California, US
Artist / Band / Musician
Experimental / Electro / Other
Pamela Z has scheduled another SoundWORK (six-week Sound & Performance Workshop) starting September 13th on Saturdays 2pm- 5pm, in San Francisco. You can learn more and enroll at
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Pamela Z is a bi-coastal (San Francisco/New York-based) artist who The Wire describes as "the most gifted and enterprising vocalist/composer/audio artist in the US since the heyday of Joan La Barbara and Mededith Monk." She works primarily with voice, live electronic processing and sampling technology. Processing her live voice through "MAX MSP" software on a PowerBook, she creates solo works that combine operatic bel canto and experimental extended vocal techniques with found objects, text, and sampled concrète sounds. These sounds are often triggered via custom MIDI controllers such as Ed Severinghaus' BodySynth-- or Donald Swearingen's Light SensePod, both of which allow her to manipulate sound with physical gestures. Her performances range in scale from small concerts in galleries to large-scale multi-media works in flexible black-box venues and proscenium halls.
Pamela Z has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. She has performed in numerous festivals including: Bang on a Can at Lincoln Center in New York; the Interlink Festival in Japan; Other Minds in San Francisco; and Pina Bausch Tanztheater's 25 Jahre Fest in Wuppertal, Germany. She has composed, recorded and performed original scores for choreographers and for film/video artists, and has done vocal work for other composers (including Charles Amirkhanian, Vijay Iyer, and Henry Brant). Her large-scale, multi-media performance works, Parts of Speech, Gaijin and Voci, have been presented at Theater Artaud and ODC Theater in San Francisco, and at the Kitchen in New York. Her new one-act opera Wunderkabinet (co-composed with Matthew Brubeck) premiered in 2005 at The LAB Gallery in San Francisco. She has had audio works included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Erzbischöfliches Diözesanmuseum in Cologne, the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs NY, and the Dakar Biennale in Sénégal. Her work has also been presented at the San Jose Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio in New York, and La Biennale di Venezia in Italy. Pamela Z received an honorable mention from Ars Electronica 2008 (Linz, Austria) for her multi-channel audio work Timepiece Triptych.
Ms. Z has been commissioned to compose works for new music chamber ensembles: the Bang On A Can Allstars; Ethel, the California E.A.R. Unit; the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble; and the St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra. Since 1986, she has been producing "Z Programs", an ongoing series of interdisciplinary events in which her own work has been featured along with that of other experimental artists in various genres. She has collaborated with a wide range of composer/performers, media artists, and choreographers including Miya Masaoka, Joan Jeanrenaud, Jeanne Finley + John Muse, Shinichi Momo Koga, Leigh Evans, and Jo Kreiter. She has participated in several Zakros New Music Theatre events (including their John Cage festivals), and has performed with The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Pamela is the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Guggenheim Fellowship, the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts; the Creative Capital Fund; the ASCAP Music Award; and the NEA and Japan/US Friendship Commission Fellowship. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. For more information, please visit:
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