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Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and audio artist who 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 percussion objects, spoken word, and sampled concrète sounds. These sounds are triggered with a MIDI controller called The BodySynth™, which allows 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. and La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy. She has composed, recorded and performed original scores for choreographers and for film and video artists, and has done vocal work for other composers (including Charles Amirkhanian, and Henry Brant). Her large-scale, multi-media performance works, Parts of Speech , Gaijin, and Voci, have been presented at Theater Artaud and ODC Theatre in San Francisco, and at The Kitchen in New York. Her multi-media opera Wunderkabinet – based on the Museum of Jurassic Technology (created in collaboration with Matthew Brubeck and Christina McPhee) premiered at The LAB Gallery in September of 2005, and has since been presented at REDCAT in Los Angeles and the Open Ears Festival in Canada. She has had audio works included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Erzbischiöfliches Diösanmuseum in Cologne, and the Dakar Biennale in Sénégal. Her work has also been presented at Recombinant Media Labs in San Francisco, the San Jose Museum of Art and El Museo del Barrio in New York. 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 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 is a member of the electroacoustic ensemble sensorChip (with Miya Masaoka and Donald Swearingen) and the interdisciplinary performance ensemble The Qube Chix. She has done several concerts and experimental theater pieces with Zakros New Music Theatre (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. Accessed 05.01.2008 from
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sensorChip Collective - USA Edit
Pop Titles You Composition - 1986 USA Edit
Badagada Composition - 1988 USA Edit
In Tymes of Olde Composition - 1991 USA Edit
Bone Music Composition - 1992 USA Edit
Pianobend Composition - 1994 USA Edit
PAIR: Residency - 1995 USA Edit
The Muni Section Composition - 1995 USA Edit
Parts of Speech Performance Theater Artaud 1998 USA Edit
Gaijin Large-scale Performance Theater Artaud 2001 USA Edit
Immersion DVD S-2010 2001 USA Edit
Forensic Art Performance/installation The Exploratorium 2002 USA Edit
Voci (Voices) Large-scale Performance ODC Theater 2003 USA Edit
Syrinx Installation Sound Migrations at the Pacific Design Center in 2004 USA Edit
Just Dust Installation DakArt Biennale 2004 Senegal Edit
A Delay is Better CD Starkland ST-213 2004 USA Edit
Wunderkabinet Large-scale Performance The LAB Gallery 2005 USA Edit
Wunderkabinet Large-scale Performance The LAB Gallery 2005 USA Edit
Metal/Vox/Water Large-scale Performance - 2005 USA Edit
Lift Installation Tang Museum 2005 USA Edit
Declaratives in the First Person Installation The Art of Artist Statement at the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center in 2005 USA Edit
Sonic Gestures Installation Recombinant Media Labs 2007 USA Edit