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Pamela Z at Constellation

  • Constellation 3111 N Western Ave Chicago (map)

Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based 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 creates solo works combining 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. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. In addition to her solo work, she has been commissioned to compose scores for dance, theatre, film, and new music chamber ensembles including Kronos Quartet and the Bang on a Can Allstars. Ms. Z is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, and the Creative Capital Fund. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

“Like Whitman, Pamela Z contains multitudes: her multimedia works…combine real-time sound processing, multitrack layering, text sampling, and video projection. But at the center of it all is the simple beauty of her classically trained voice—which can give her work an almost medieval purity.” – The New Yorker

Pamela Z's Chicago visit is made possible by the Sound Department of the School of the At Institute of Chicago.

Earlier Event: September 24
Lampo: MSHR
Later Event: September 28
Élevé: Bow & Hammer