Pamela Zero is based in Ventura, California, and spends her time writing and teaching. Now and then she travels, gardens, cooks, and genuinely tries.
Her focus is on accurately bridging the gap between vision and reality.
Though she's been writing non-fiction for decades, Pamela finally ventured into creating science fiction in 2019. Her trilogy, the Visitor Series, follows the lives of people pulled hundreds of thousands of years into the future.
She is a member of several writing groups, has won several awards for her short stories, and is currently editing the second novel, Ose, in the Visitor Series.
With decades of experience writing, singing, arranging, recording, and teaching music, Pamela centers her music on the human voice.
She's currently working on her next album, Extensions, and doing collaborations with people that are exploring the musical arts. Please feel free to reach out if you'd like to work together.
Some of these are available, others exist only in archive form.
"West Coast avant-garde vocalist Pamela Zero has more than extended techniques and unusual vocalizes in here: she also has some moving songs. Zero explores different techniques, different settings, and different influences in each song, but these details appear only after a few listens. The listener's attention is first grabbed by the melodies and the lyrics. Songs like "Physics," "Gallica," "Mercy" and "Present" provide highlights that will entice connoisseurs of the female voice. A lot of work and studio time obviously went into Living Backwards: the number of vocal tracks is staggering when you start to listen up-close, and kudos go to engineer Justin Weis for mixing them all down. Yet the music conveys a wonderful sense of simplicity and immediacy -- which is all the more surprising coming from a member of one of the most obscure avant-garde artists' collectives in America. Simply beautiful."
Attack of the Absolute Zeros
"The Attack of the Absolute Zeros is one of a kind. Presented as a "free jazz non-opera," it blends spoken words, vocal experiments, free jazz, and sound art with a narrative that feels like a postmodern version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. This first music production was collectively conceived by the three members of Discord Aggregate, although one can easily assume that singer Pamela Zero took care of the musical compositions, while writers A. Molotkov and S.B. Reda handled the libretto. This time around the trio reached out for studio musicians: guitarist Byron Rynes, saxophonist Zeppi Salerno, keyboardist Scott Mayfield, bassist Tony Johnson, and drummer Jason Willard were brought in to add flesh on some numbers, representing about half of the album. The remaining half features complex textures of vocals, spoken or sung."
"I had forgotten why I'd bought her music when I put these on my stereo again. At first I was just wondering what I'd seen in them, but quickly I found myself remembering.
This music is quite captivating in its strange harmonic (mostly a cappella) vocal weavings. Sometimes purely beautiful, sometimes pushing the experimental edge, sometimes wry and humourous, always individual and charming.
Not everyone will love these, but I do."
Duck is an intriguing, compelling story with complex characters. The core group of characters is pulled into a circumstance where they lose everything they have, and they must forge a new life for themselves.
In this first novel in the trilogy we get to follow Duck, a little girl who charmed me so much.
She has an earnestness and a sweetness about her, but she also serves as almost a Cassandra-type character with her ability to see and tell the truth.