Monday 8 April 2019 // 15:00-16:00 // 2nd Floor (The Portal), Fjordgata 1, 7010 Trondheim // The Portal, Department of Musicology (ZEB building), Sem Sælands vei 2, 0371 Oslo

This talk will be facilitated by Tone Åse and it will be video streamed.
Pamela Z
Pamela Z. Photo: Donald Swearingen.


Pamela has a large production of works of different formats and concepts: voice and electronics pieces, large-scale performance works, installation works and commissioned works for different ensembles and situations. She curates and produces “the ROOM Series”, a San Francisco avant-chamber series featuring the work of a variety of virtuosic solo artists and chamber groups playing experimental music. She has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Joan La Barbara, Joan Jeanrenaud, Brenda Way (ODC Dance), Miya Masaoka, Jeanne Finley + John Muse, Shinichi Iova Koga (Inkboat), Christina McPhee, and Luciano Chessa. She has participated in several New Music Theatre events (including John Cage festivals), and has performed with The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Her interactive web-based work Baggage Allowance can be viewed at where it is permanently installed. In this talk Pamela will give a lecture focusing on her practice as a composer/performer and media artist. She will show some documentation examples of her work, and discuss her process for making live work and fixed media.


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 is based in San Fransisco/New York and 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. On her visit to Norway she will do several talks and workshops, (UiO, WoNoMute/NTNU) concerts (Ny Musikk Trondheim, Voxlab Oslo) and also show the installation Sound Gestures at TEKS, Trondheim Electronic Art Center.

Live Stream Recording of the Event

Tone Åse curated Pamela Z’s visit in Norway organising two talks at NTNU and UiO (WoNoMute talk and MCT4046 talk), the exhibition “Sonic Gestures” at Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre (with Espen Gangvik), and three concerts: a concert with Pamela Z, Sten Sandell and Tone Åse at Dokkhuset (Ny Musikk Trondheim), a concert with Pamela Z, Sten Sandell and Tone Åse at Melahuset (Voxlab spring festival, Oslo) and a solo concert at Vega Scene (Voxlab spring festival, Oslo).

A talk hosted at the Department of Music, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and live streamed through the MCT Portal to the University of Oslo (UiO) and also through YouTube. The audience combines two physical sites (from Oslo and Trondheim) plus online viewers from all over the world.

Video Credits

Speaker: Pamela Z

Presenter (Trondheim): Tone Åse

Presenter (Oslo): Mari Lesteberg

Production (Trondheim): Karolina Jawad

Production (Oslo): Mari Lesteberg

Streaming, Audio, Video (Trondheim): Eigil Aandahl, Sepehr Haghighi Jørgen Nygård Varpe, Shreejay Shrestha

Audio, Video (Oslo): Espen Wik, Elias Andersen

Audio processing: Sepehr Haghighi

Intro Video: Karolina Jawad

Seminar Series Curation: Anna Xambó

Acknowledgments: Robin Støckert, Daniel Formo, Anders Tveit, Alexander Refsum Jensenius

Supported by: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), University of Oslo (UiO)

In collaboration with: Master in Music, Communication and Technology (MCT)