About Pamela Sklar
Born in New York City, Pamela Sklar performs frequently as soloist, composer, in ensembles and recording studios. Based in Westchester County she has performed at Caramoor, for SongCatchers, local & regional orchestras, ArtsWestchester, and as a featured composer for the nationally recognized Hoff-Barthelson Music School. She believes in giving back to her community; writing &/or arranging music for her private students and colleagues, and performing with them in homeless shelters, orphanages, senior centers, hospitals, and schools. A creative collaborator performing Classical, originals & other styles of music, she performs as a guest/member with other artists improvising, composing, recording, presenting & performing dynamic, entertaining and educational programs for NY-area audiences.
Some of Pamela Sklar's recent activities and performances include TV jingles, premieres of several recent compositions in Chicago & NY including bass flute & Native American flute, and playing flute in the orchestra for Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's new cd release Cheek to Cheek. A performance and broadcasts of this music, live from Jazz at Lincoln Center, were recently featured on PBS. A recording highlight includes two of her original compositions being included on the 2014 release of the cd Palette by Threeds Oboe Trio.
"A master of control and dynamics" (The Boston Globe), and "A wonderful and inventive flutist and composer" (The 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 (An Original Tribute to Ancient Egypt) is described as "a magical sound...expertly written. Sklar creates a fascinating exploration of Ancient Egypt using contemporary sound. Well worth exploring." by 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. A published composer of chamber music, her music is often premiered/performed by her colleagues in NY-area ensembles. Her composition Spell 166 for five flutes & organ (from Silver Pharaoh) is included in the Special Collection of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, and her two original slide shows can be heard on YouTube: PamSklarComposer.
A 2014-2015 season grant-winner from New York Women Composers for her new duo 2Flutes with Laura Falzon, Pamela Sklar recently premiered her newest piece in NY for flute, bass flute & Native American flute. She also performed original compositions for the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago this past Summer. During that same week, two of her original trios were recorded and co-featured by Threeds for the International Double Reed Society Conference at NYU. Her flute playing can also be heard on the film soundtrack of Dark Universe currently showing at the Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium.