"engaging...piquant...delightful"
The New York Times

"Sklar, a master of control and dynamics, conjured up delicious imagery…rich, pure sound.”
The Boston Globe

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About Pamela Sklar

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Born in New York City and based in Westchester County, NY, Pamela Sklar collaborates as flutist and composer with various  ensembles co-featuring Classical, pop, jazz, rock, world, meditative and improvised music. Her critically acclaimed performances include(d) international tours and national/ regional appearances with Claude Bolling, Dave Brubeck, Alan Hovhaness, Jack Wilkins and tenor Andrea Bocelli. As a studio musician she has recorded for many artists including Tony Bennett (Duets I & II) & Lady Gaga (Cheek to Cheek), Paul Simon, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Joshua Redman, for films/TV series including Ugly Betty, Anastasia, Shaft II, Blue Bloods and many jingles.

A published composer of chamber music, she is currently creating her third original cd. Other composition highlights include a May, 2017 acclaimed world premiere of her quartet The Chains of Love (inspired by Cervantes's poem) in Madrid, as well as premieres and performances of her works by New York-area groups and other ensembles in concerts, workshops and special programs in schools, including the nationally recognized Hoff-Barthelson Music School. A copy of her quintet score Spell 166 for organ and five flutes (piccolo to bass) is included in the Special Collection of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. Recent and upcoming programs include Double Entendre's Spring and Summer 2017 performances of her trio The Sky, the Earth and the Afterworld; Northern Westchester Flutes with organist in a CT premeiere of Spell 166, as well as the upcoming  American premiere of her quartetThe Chains of Love co-featuring mezzo soprano Anna Tonna, pianist Isabel Perez Dobarrol.

Other notable performances of her music include premieres for the International Double Reed Society Conference by Threeds Oboe Trio, original performances as composer and performer for the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago and in nature-themed presentations by Englewinds Ensemble. She performs her own compositions on flute, alto flute, bass flute, piccolo and Native American flute in recitals, as a soloist and with various groups.

Other performance highlights include Pamela's playing on numerous film soundtracks including the Space Show-Dark Universe by Robert Miller, recently at the Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium. In the orchestra for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, she performed at Live from Lincoln Center (broadcast repeatedly on PBS), and on alto flute for John Pizzarelli's 2015 cd at the request of Sir Paul McCartney. Various collaborations include appearances at clubs, festivals and major venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Bethel Woods, Caramoor, and on Broadway.

A 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 season grant-winner from New York Women Composers for her new duo 2Flutes with Laura Falzon, Pamela Sklar continues to premiere original music for flute, bass flute & Native American flute in New York-area performances. "A master of control and dynamics" (The Boston Globe) and "A wonderful and inventive flutist and composer" (Flute View), Pamela Sklar was praised for her original debut cd A Native American-Jazz Tribute (A Tune for America) as "hauntingly beautiful...full of colors...excellent...mastery" by the National Flute Association's Flutist Quarterly Magazine. Her 2nd cd Silver Pharaoh is described as  "magical sound...expertly written. Sklar creates a fascinating exploration of Ancient Egypt using contemporary sound. Well worth exploring." (Colin Clarke, Fanfare/Arkivmusic.com). Released by MSR Classics World Premiere Recordings in 2013, Silver Pharaoh combines classical, world, and chamber music with jazz-infused solos. Two of Pamela Sklar's originals- Spell 166 for five flutes & organ (from Silver Pharaoh) and Heritage (A Native American-Jazz Tribute ) each with a slide show, can be heard on YouTube: PamSklarComposer.

She believes in giving back to her community; writing & arranging music for her private students and colleagues for performances with them in family shelters, orphanages, senior centers, hospitals and schools. A creative collaborator performing Classical, originals & other styles of music she performs/collaborates as a guest/member with  artists,  improvising, composing, recording, presenting & performing dynamic, entertaining and educational programs for NY-area audiences in public performances  and for students in her flute clinics.

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