About Pamela Sklar
Born in New York City and based in Westchester County, acclaimed flutist & composer Pamela Sklar performs with and writes for mixed ensembles co-featuring chamber, pop, jazz, rock, world and improvised music. She has toured and appeared internationally/nationally/regionally with Claude Bolling, Dave Brubeck, Alan Hovhaness 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. Premieres and other performances of her works are featured/co-featured by New York-area 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 the Northern Westchester Flutes with organist in a CT premeiere of Spell 166 in November, as well as a European premiere of her quartet The Chains of Love (based on a poem by Cervantes) for 2Flutes, piano, and mezzo soprano Anna Tonna, in Spain during May, 2017.
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.
Pamela can be heard 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 newest cd at the request of Sir Paul McCartney. Other performances/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 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 as an improviser, composing, recording, presenting & performing dynamic, entertaining and educational programs for NY-area audiences.