Doris Duke Impact Award, 2015
San Francisco, CA
For over thirty years, Pamela Z, an innovator of electroacoustic music and the use of everyday technology, has worked with voice, live electronic processing, sampled sound, and video. Her large-scale works include Baggage Allowance (2011), which allowed audiences to investigate memory and personal belongings through live performance and an interactive web-based installation. Her 2005 multimedia opera, Wunderkabinet, co-composed with Matthew Brubeck, was inspired by the exhibits at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan playing in numerous festivals including Bang on a Can at Lincoln Center (NYC), Interlink (Japan), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Festival (Wuppertal, Germany). She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her most recent solo project, Memory Trace, will premiere at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in April 2016.