Pamela Z

2015-16 MIT Sounding Series

"Z is an enthralling sonic explorer who is not averse to composing sumptuous melodies.”
— Berkeleyside

Pamela Z performs at Ars Electronica, Brucknerhaus, Linz Austria, 2008. Photo: Rubra.
Pamela Z performs at the CAST Marathon Concert, MIT, 2013. Photo: L. Barry Hetherington.
Pamela Z performs at the CAST Marathon Concert, MIT, 2013. Photo: L. Barry Hetherington.

Transforming elegant physical gestures into complex aural and visual landscapes

About the Performance

Virtuosic singer, composer, electronic musician, media and performance artist Pamela Z is a true pioneer of live digital looping techniques and a tireless creator and inventor. In March 2016 she presented a program of her own works at Le Laboratoire, Cambridge. With body-sensors, customized hardware, and software of her own design, she uses elegant physical gestures and intricate real-time digital processing to create dense, complex sonic layers in solo works that combine experimental, extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, and sampled concrete sounds. What results are aural and visual landscapes of stunning beauty and originality.

The 2015-16 MIT Sounding Performance Series is presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and MIT Music and Theater Arts

Public Events

Past Events

Works for Voice & Electronics
March 11, 2016 / 6:30pm
Le Laboratoire, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA
Presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST)

Artist Lecture and Demonstration
April 3, 2013

CAST Marathon Concert
April 5, 2013

The four-hour CAST spring concert, following up on 2011’s popular FAST Forward New Music Marathon, featured renowned guest artists Hauschka, Pamela Z., and Dewa Alit performing solo works and with students in MIT’s own Gamelan Galak Tika, Glass Lab Orchestra, Lamine Touré and Rambax. Traversing the spectrum of contemporary musical practice, the marathon concluded with an unprecedented world fusion version of Terry Riley’s anthemic In C, featuring Senegalese drums, original glass instruments, electronics, and western instruments.

Biography

San Francisco-based performance artist Pamela Z. has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including the Venice Biennale, the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), Bang on a Can (NY) and the Dakar Biennale. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award, The MAP Fund, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship and a Djerrassi Resident Artist Program residency.

More at the artist’s website: Pamela Z.

In the Media

“Z is an enthralling sonic explorer who is not averse to composing sumptuous melodies.”

Berkeleyside: The Elemental Pamela Z: Sculpting Sounds in Berkeley

Artpulse: Interview with Pamela Z

New York Magazine: Pamela Z

The New York Times: An Encyclopedia of Voices, Human and Otherwise