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Pamela Z

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Concert: Saturday, April 29, 8 p.m. EDT
Mildred Sainer Pavilion
$15 (included with season subscription)

Artist Conversation: Thursday, April 27, 5 p.m. EDT
Mildred Sainer Pavilion

What a way to close our season: the amazing Pamela Z will return to perform a program of solo works for voice, real-time electronic processing, sampled sounds, wireless gesture controllers, and interactive video.

To watch Pamela Z create a complex soundscape with entrancing imagery right before your eyes is a treat New Music New College has offered before, but not for eight years. Come to Sainer and immerse yourself in her creative genius.

Pamela Z performing in Club Sudakoff in 2015

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist working primarily with voice, live electronics, sampled sound, and video. A pioneer of live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers. Her solo works combine experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, digital processing, and wireless MIDI controllers that allow her to manipulate sound with physical gestures.

Pamela Z using a gesture controller

Pamela Z using a gesture controller

photo credit: Nancy Nassiff

In addition to her solo work, she has been commissioned to compose scores for dance, theatre, film, and chamber ensembles including Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, the Bang on a Can All Stars, Julia Bullock with SF Symphony, and the LA Philharmonic New Music Group. Her interdisciplinary performance works have been presented at venues including The Kitchen (NY), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), REDCAT (LA), and MCA (Chicago), and her installations have been presented at such exhibition spaces as the Whitney (NY), Savvy Contemporary (Berlin), and the Krannert (IL). Pamela Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. She has performed in numerous festivals including Bang on a Can (NY), Interlink (Japan), Other Minds (San Francisco), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Dak’Art (Sénégal) and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Festival (Wuppertal).

Pamela Z demonstrating a gesture controller to an audience member after our concert

Pamela Z demonstrating a gesture controller to an audience member after our concert

photo credit: Nancy Nassiff

She’s a recipient of numerous awards including the Rome Prize, United States Artists, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Guggenheim, Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, Herb Alpert Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.


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