Residency Dates: October 09, 2022 - October 29, 2022
Application Deadline: May 10, 2022

Pamela Z is a 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 processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers. Her solo works combine 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. In addition to her solo work, she has been commissioned to compose scores for dance, theatre, film, and chamber ensembles including Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, the Bang on a Can All Stars, Ethel, and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Her interdisciplinary performance works have been presented at venues including The Kitchen (NY), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), REDCAT (LA), and MCA (Chicago), and her installations have been presented at such exhibition spaces as the Whitney (NY), Savvy Contemporary (Berlin), and the Krannert Museum (IL). Pamela Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. She has performed in numerous festivals including Bang on a Can (New York), Interlink (Japan), Other Minds (San Francisco), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Dak’Art (Sénégal) and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Festival (Wuppertal, Germany). She’s a recipient of numerous awards including the Rome Prize, United States Artists, a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation residency, the Guggenheim, the Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, Herb Alpert Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, and the NEA Japan/US Friendship Commission Fellowship. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Residency Statement:

I welcome artists who make work as composers, composer/performers, sound and installation artists, and/or interdisciplinary artists, and who are passionate about experimentation and curious about blurring the lines between disciplines and approaches. I look forward to both sharing my experiences and ideas with the Associate Artists and learning from theirs. Sessions will include sharing work with each other, group discussions, creative group activities, individual meetings, and opportunities to collaborate.

Application Requirements:

  • 1-page bio or CV (pdf)
  • A statement describing:
  1. what you’d like to work on and what you hope to get out of the residency.
  2. your artistic interests/influences & area(s) of expertise
  3. your levels of ability and experience (with your instrument, composition, media, technology, performance, etc.)
  • 2 work samples (excerpts or complete works) up to 15 minutes total (Vimeo, YouTube, or SoundCloud links)
  • Optional support material: music scores, installation or stage diagrams, images, program notes, etc. (pdf)

Residency Fee: Waived for this Residency (Includes weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.)

For details, please visit the Mentoring Artist details page.

Application fee: $25 Click here to Apply!

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