Linda Bouchard, artistic director
Pamela Z: "Sonic Gestures" (Premiere)

Saturday, April 14th, 2007
Two Shows: 7pm Double Take
performance and 10pm Show
Location: Recombinant Media Labs

Combining fragmented gestural images with live vocal sounds processed and spatialized in real time using Max MSP software and custom gesture controllers, Pamela Z surrounded the audience with a virtual chorus of chattering, whispering, singing, and ever transforming entities.

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  Sonic Gestures  

Pamela Z is a composer/performer who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, sampled sounds, and The BodySynthT gesture controller. She has also composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles. Her audio works have been presented in exhibitions at the Whitney in NY and the Di÷zesanmueum in Cologne. She has toured throughout the US, Europe, and Japan in concerts and festivals including Bang on a Can, the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds, and the Venice Biennale. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award, the ASCAP Award, and the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship.

". . .Like a minimalist, [Pamela Z] creates a piece out of a small set of sounds, sampled or created live and joined by a series of overlapping, intersecting loops. But from a simple beginning she builds up layer upon layer of sound until she's created a bewildering, mesmorizing, highly organized cacophony that taps deeply into the infosaturated, dataoverloaded, hyperventilated psyches of urban life. The result is both intellectually satisfying and powerful at the gut level." – John Weber, Curator/SFMOMA

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