Pamela Z (USA)
Pamela Z (1956, Buffalo, New York, USA) – composer, performer, lingua-artist. Received musical education at the University of Colorado (Boulder, Colorado) in 1978, also studied Vocal, Electronic Music, Recording Techniques and Foreign Languages at various educational institutions in Denver, San Francisco, Tokyo and Yokohama. The sphere of her professional interests covers frontier states of texts, voice variations, electronic processing and sampling technology. In her performances Pamela Z creates multi-layered compositions, combining bel canto with variational, built on the basis of sample approaches and use of The Body-Synth (MIDI-controller allowing the author to manage the sound with help of gestures). Since1984 she has been actively conducting solo programs in various cities in the USA, Europe and Japan, including the programs held at the Great American Music Hall (San Francisco), COCA Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle), The Denver Art Museum (Denver), The San Jose Tech Museum (San Jose), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), The International House (Tokyo), CBGB’s “Gallery 313” (New York), Alte Schmiede (Vienna) and many others. Pamela Z has participated in a large number of international festivals, including such as: Bang on a Can Festival (Lincoln Center, New York, 1996), Interlink Festival (Tokyo – Kobe – Kyoto – Sapporo, 1996), “Other Minds” Festival (San Francisco, 1997, 1998), Sound Culture (San Francisco, 1996, Auckland, New Zealand, 1999), Palermo di Scena (Palermo, 1997), Tage für Live-Electronik Musik (Basel, 1997), Pina Bausch’s 25th Anniversary Festival (Wuppertal, 1998). She is the author of a number of musical and sound compositions for the choreographic performances: Z Songs (G. Palmer Dance Company, 1990), Outdoors in Oakland (E. Webb Dance Company, 1992), Hoist (J. Kreiter and Flyaway Prod., 1996), Bridge (M. Freehill, Tokyo, 1999). Pamela Z’s sound plays have been repeatedly recorded for the New American Radio, including such pieces as Which is better? (1989), Trying to Reach You (1990) and Parts Of Speech (1995), that is also presented as a large intermedia solo performance with use of image projections and video. Her productions have been broadcast on various radio stations in the USA, including: KPFA (Berkeley), KALX (Berkeley), KUSF (San Francisco), KGNU (Boulder), KPFT (Houston), CFUV (Victoria), and also on the television Cable Channel 25 (MS NBC, San Francisco) and Forgtown Network (Public Access TV, San Francisco). At different periods she worked with the electro-acoustic ensemble “sensorChip,” with the ensemble of experimental music “The Qube Chix,” participated in joint concerts with New Music Theatre (including J. Cage’s festivals, San Francisco), and also with the following groups: “The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players,” “California E.A.R. Unit,” “Bang On A Can Allstars” and others. Pamela Z is a holder of a number of musical prizes and rewards, including such as ASCAP Music Award (1998), San Francisco Bay Guardian “Goldie” Award (1998), she is also a laureate of various professional contests. Her productions of experimental music and audio art have been released in various collective and solo editions in LP, MC, CD-formats. Pamela Z lives and works in San Francisco (California, USA).