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Pamela Z


Louder, Warmer, Denser (2018-19) for flute, bass flute, contrabass flute and electronics




Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She's created installations and has composed scores for dance, film, and chamber ensembles (including Kronos Quartet). Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation residency, the Herb Alpert Award, and an Ars Electronica honorable mention, and the NEA/Japan-US Fellowship.



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Louder, Warmer, Denser (2018-19) for flute, bass flute, contrabass flute and electronics

I had a studio visit from Claire while she was in San Francisco last summer. She brought her flutes with her so I could hear and record some of her intriguing techniques to aid and inspire my work on composing this piece for her "Density 2036" project. I also asked her if I could put her in my recording booth and interview her – telling her it would help spark ideas for the piece. I then used the recorded interview to create a text collage that became the basis of the work’s melodic and rhythmic material and its structure. What I ended up with feels, to me, like a little portrait of Claire. Her de-constructed stories, fragments of her laughter, her sighs and non-verbal sounds all conjure her for me, each time I hear them. A stretched Varèse quote also found its way into the piece, but I think of the bulk of its substance as distilled Claire Chase.


— Pamela Z


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