Pamela Z, composer/performer and interdisciplinary artist, gives public lecture at SUNY New Paltz on Aug. 26

The SUNY New Paltz School of Fine & Performing Arts will kick off the 2021-22 academic year with special guest speaker Pamela Z, the celebrated and “extremely hyphenated” composer, performer and interdisciplinary artist.

Pamela Z will speak about her work, her process and the increasingly blurred lines between disciplines in her practice on Thursday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. Highlighting her use of voice, processing, gesture-based MIDI controllers, video, found objects, and sampled speech sounds, she will illustrate the various directions her work has taken over the years and tie in the projects she’s working on now.

Her talk will be given in person in Lecture Center 102 (masks required for all in-person attendees), and will also be livestreamed via this link. The event is free and open to the public.

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist making works for voice, electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan, and has presented work at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (New York), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (San Francisco), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale.

She has composed scores for dance, film, and chamber ensembles (including Kronos Quartet and Eighth Blackbird). Her awards include the Rome Prize, United States Artists, the Guggenheim, Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Herb Alpert Award.

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This event is organized by the Fine & Performing Arts Council and sponsored by the School of Fine & Performing Arts and the Departments of Art, Art History, Music, and Theatre Arts.