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Pamela Z

Crossing Disciplines | Blurring Boundaries

Pamela Z operating a laptop and electronic equipment
Photo: Rubra (courtesy of Ars Electronica) 
When

Thursday, March 31, 2022
5:30 pm

Where

In-person Event

Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Details

Penny Stamps Speaker Series
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Open to the public
Free of charge

Pamela Z is a composer/​performer and media artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampled sound, and video. A pioneer of live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers. Her solo works combine experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, digital processing, and wireless MIDI controllers that allow her to manipulate sound with physical gestures. 

In addition to her solo work, she has been commissioned to compose scores for dance, theatre, film, and chamber ensembles including Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, the Bang on a Can All Stars, Ethel, and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Her interdisciplinary performance works have been presented at venues including The Kitchen (NY), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), REDCAT (LA), and MCA (Chicago), and her installations have been presented at such exhibition spaces as the Whitney (NY), the Diözesanmuseum (Cologne), and the Krannert (IL).

Pamela Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. She has performed in numerous festivals including Bang on a Can (New York), Interlink (Japan), Other Minds (San Francisco), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Dak’Art (Sénégal) and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Festival (Wuppertal, Germany). 

She’s a recipient of numerous awards including the Rome Prize, United States Artists, a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation residency, the Guggenheim, the Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, Herb Alpert Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, and the NEA Japan/​US Friendship Commission Fellowship. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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In partnership with U‑M’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, cour­tesy of the William Bol­com Guest Res­i­dency. Presenting Partners: Detroit Public Television and PBS Books. Media Partner: Michigan Radio

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