Matrix x Detroit
Presented by Pam wise
Matrix X Detroit is a project reflective of the remarkable, strong, unstoppable and diverse community in Detroit. This project will include three new original music compositions combined with spoken word/poetry and dance.
About the Artist
Jazz pianist, composer Pamela Wise, was born and raised in Steubenville, OH. Following in the footsteps of her father jazz bassist Robert C. Wise she began composing music and playing the piano by ear at the age of 5. After studying the piano basics, Pamela began playing for her church choir which was directed by her father. While in high school, Pamela formed her own R&B group called the Ohio Movement which performed throughout the Midwest and East Coast. After migrating to Detroit, MI in 1979 Pamela started forming her own ensemble with saxophonist James Carter, and other prominent young musicians in and around Detroit.
Pamela has five CDs on the international market including SONGO FESTIVIDAD. You can also find her most recent works; A NEW MESSAGE FROM THE TRIBE, KINDRED SPIRITS, NEGRE CON LECHE, and PAMELA’S CLUB are available at several digital download sites including CDbaby.com, iTunes, Amazon, and many others.
Pamela has received several grant awards for composing new works including the 2016 Kresge Arts Fellowship Award and two Creative Artist Grant awards from the Arts Foundation of Michigan to write compositions demonstrating the link between Afro Cuban and jazz music.
In addition to the performances and recorded releases, Pamela also serves as Music Minister at her church, a piano teacher and is executive director of Rebirth Inc. a non profit jazz performing arts organization that produces live concerts and jazz education programs.