Pamela Z

Composer/Performer & Media Artist

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Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She's created installations and has composed scores for dance, film, and chamber ensembles. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, Creative Capital, the Herb Alpert Award, MAP, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, the NEA/Japan-US Fellowship, and a Djerrassi Resident Artist Program residency.


At the end of the interview, we made blind contour drawings of each other (drawings made by looking only at the subject and not at the paper). 
And we laughed.

photo by Donald Swearingen

photo by Donald Swearingen

What's Played

1. Pop Titles 'You' - begins to play at 1:11. 
Studio recording of Pamela Z (voice & delays)

2. Dez Alemap - begins playing at 9:46.
Performed at The LAB Gallery, San Francisco September 2005 (Pamela Z: voice, Matthew Brubeck, cello)

3. Gaijin - excerpts begin playing at 19:07.
Performed at Theater Artaud, San Francisco May 2001 w/ butoh dancers: Shinichi Iova-Koga, Leigh Evans, and Kinji Hayashi

4. Bone Music - begins playing at 24:36.
Studio recording of Pamela Z (voice, electronics, and 5 gallon water bottle)