DOM Cultural Center

27 September 2006

LONG ARMS festival
[new video art electronic music]


Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and audio artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, and sampling technology. She creates solo works combining operatic bel canto and experimental extended vocal techniques with found percussion objects, spoken word, electronic processing, and a MIDI controller called The BodySynth™ (which allows her to manipulate sound with physical gestures). In addition to her solo work, she has composed and recorded scores for dance, theatre, film, and new music chamber ensembles. Her large-scale multi-media works have been presented at Theater Artaud and ODC in San Francisco and at The Kitchen in New York, and her audio works have been presented in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum in New York and the Diözesanmuseum in Cologne. Her multi-media opera Wunderkabinet – based on the Museum of Jurassic Technology (created in collaboration with Matthew Brubeck and Christina McPhee) premiered at The LAB Gallery in September of 2005.

Pamela Z has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. She has performed in numerous festivals including Bang on a Can at Lincoln Center in New York, the Interlink Festival in Japan, the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, Pina Bausch Tanztheater Festival in Wuppertal, Germany, and La Biennale di Venizia in Italy. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts, the ASCAP Music Award, and the NEA and Japan/US Friendship Commission Fellowship. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Real Quiet is a three-man band dedicated to creating an exclusive repertoire of hard-edged acoustic and electro-acoustic music by today’s leading composers. The three members – percussionist David Cossin, cellist Felix Fan and pianist Andrew Russo – are each highly accomplished soloists and dedicated champions of contemporary music. Real Quiet formed in 2004 aiming further the redefinition of group musicmaking in the 21st century. The group debuted at New York’s Merkin Hall in the world premiere of Annie Gosfield’s Wild Pitch – a piece inspired by the 2004 World Series. Subsequent appearances at San Diego’s Muzik3 festival introduced world premieres of Phil Kline’s Fear and Loathing - dedicated to gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson - and Marc Mellits’ Tight Sweater.

Most recently, Real Quiet premiered ‘WORK’, a video-music installation by David Lang and Suzanne Bocanegra – ‘”Work” felt like a significant occasion, soaring in the often tricky realm of music-visual collaborations. It's a piece somehow both vaporously subtle and emotionally powerful - the best kind of artistic effect (L.A. Times)’. ‘WORK’ will receive further performances at the 2006 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and New Haven’s Festival of Arts and Ideas.

A joint commissioning project by the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Summerfest in La Jolla will result in three major pieces written for and premiered by Real Quiet over the next three years. The first work will be a composition of Marc Neikrug (2007), with subsequent works written by Kaija Saariaho (2008) and George Tsontakis (2009). New works are also being created for Real Quiet by composers from China -Ge Gan-Ru, Taiwan – Gordon Chin, and Israel - Yoav Gal.

Real Quiet’s recording of Marc Mellits’ Tight Sweater will be released on the Endeavor label in August 2006 and will be available through

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