Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer and performer. For the Tang Museum, she will create a commissioned multi-channel audio installation for the Elevator Music series and combine segments of her new piece with previous works in a scintillating live performance kicking off the Tang's Fifth Anniversary Fall Reception.
"Like Whitman, Pamela Z contains multitudes: her multimedia works (which she controls with an onstage Powerbook, along with BodySynth technology, which allows her to manipulate sounds with physical gestures) combine real-time sound processing, multitrack layering, text sampling, and video projection.
But at the center of it all is the simple beauty off her classically trained voice - which can give her work an almost medieval purity."
The New York Times, 2004