Pamela Z

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and sound artist working primarily with voice, electronic processing, and video.

Her solo works combine extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, electronics, and wireless MIDI controllers that allow her to manipulate sound with physical gestures. She has been commissioned to compose scores for dance, theatre, film, and chamber ensembles including Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, the Bang on a Can, and LA Philharmonic New Music Group. Her interdisciplinary performance works have been presented internationally in concert halls and experimental music festivals, and her installations have been presented at exhibition spaces in the US and

Pamela Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Rome Prize, United States Artists, the Rauschenberg Foundation, the Guggenheim, and American Academy of Arts and Letters. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.



The origins of Geekspeak lie in a 1995 artist residency Pamela Z participated in at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center.

Voices in Your Head

Voices in Your Head is an audio segment from Voci, a performance work Pamela Z created in 2003.

This hour: a woman investigates a secluded religious community, another secretly tapes her interactions with paint store owners, and yet another peels back the layers of "geek speak."

This hour: a beached whale in Maine, a conversation with the "real" Darth Vader, school kids deconstruct the work of one of America's most difficult poets, and more.


Voice With a Capital "V"

Most of us use our voices in our work, but finding our "Voice" is an often overlooked part of our creative development. Hear what professionals from a variety of different fields have to say about this elusive aspect of our craft.