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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), CBGBs 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 Bauschs 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 Zs 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. Cages 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).



 50 (for Charles Amirkhanian)
(fragment, on CD-edition: 204)

Composed and performed
by
Pamela Z, San Francisco, 1995.
The piece was composed to be
performed at a surprise party on
the occasion of Mr. Amirkhanians
50th birthday. The premier
performance was executed
by a large number of artists
who attended the party.
1995 Pamela Z (ASCAP),
San Francisco.

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Fernando AGUIAR
Charles AMIRKHANIAN
Pierre-André ARCAND
Vittore BARONI
Eric BELGIUM
Carla BERTOLA
Isabella BEUMER
Sergei BIRJUKOW
Julien BLAINE
Guy BLEUS
Jaap BLONK
Jean-Pierre BOBILLOT & Jean-Luis HOUCHARD
Lars-Gunnar BODIN
Christian BÖK
Jean-François BORY
Dmitry BULATOV
Warren BURT
Philippe CASTELLIN
Cris CHEEK
Henri CHOPIN
Carlfriedrich CLAUS
Wayne CLEMENTS
Bob COBBING
Philip CORNER
Fabio DOCTOROVICH
Jacques DONGUY
Jas DUKE
Paul DUTTON
Carlos ESTEVENZ
FLOOM
Bartolome FERRANDO
Peter FINCH
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Giovanni FONTANA
Jean-Claude GAGNON
Hartmut GEERKEN
Alexander GORNON
Rosa GRAU
Mark GREY
Alex HAMBURGER
Jarl HAMMARBERG
Bernard HEIDSIECK
Ide HINTZE
Lászlo HORTOBÁGYI
Jol HUBAUT
Brenda HUTCHINSON
Elise KERMANI
KESKEN
Richard KOSTELANETZ
Nobuo KUBOTA
Ilmar LAABAN
Werner LAUBSCHER
Jean-Jacques LEBEL
Michael LENTZ
Arrigo LORA-TOTINO
Jackson MacLOW & Anne TARDOS
Claude MAILLARD
Chris MANN
Richard MARTEL
Steve McCAFFERY
Philadelpho MENEZES
Enzo MINARELLI
Phil MINTON
Massimo MORI
Charlie MORROW
Sainkho NAMTCHYLAK
Rea NIKONOVA
Alistair NOON
Maggie ΒSULLIVAN
Tibor PAPP
Oskar PASTIOR
Serge PEY & Joachim MONTESSUIS
Dmitry PRIGOV
Sergei PROVOROV
Miroslaw RAIKOWSKI
Josef Anton RIEDL
Américo RODRIGUES
Gian Paolo ROFFI
Jerome ROTHENBERG
Günter & Colette RUCH
Gerhard RUEHM
Xavier SABATER
Valeri SCHERSTJANOI
Elke SCHIPPER
Serge SEGAY
Gary SINGH
Hazel SMITH
Steven Ross SMITH
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Enno STAHL
Amanda STEWART
Rod SUMMERS
Alaric SUMNER
Mark SUTHERLAND
Endre SZKÁROSI
Pierre THOMA
Gabór TÓTH
Liesl UJVARY
Lawrence UPTON
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Alberto VITACCHIO
Ania WALWICZ
Michael J. WELLER
Larry WENDT
Trevor WISHART
Pamela Z
Ellen ZWEIG