Reviews

Original CD Reviews:

SILVER PHARAOH An Original Tribute to Ancient Egypt

"Pamela Sklar is an American flutist-composer and this release is her musical tribute to the culture of Ancient Egypt. Evocative... Hatshepsut is a fascinating duet for bass flute & percussion that would not sound out of place as background music to a documentary of its subject. ...evokes a surreal state...the flutist veritably soars against a deep and dark combination. Sklar moves with ease through the flute family, and her spotless playing is a delight to hear. ...an accessable program with works for unusual combinations presented with excellent sound and balance." AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

"...the rhythms of Hatsepshut seem on one plane primal, on another they carry a jazz-like undercurrent. The rather sensual arrival of A Memory of You comes as a surprise. Silver Pharaoh seems to invoke Stravinsky in neoclassicist garb and is frankly delightful, especially when spiked with the occasional reference to jazz (a little more authentic, in Sklar's case, than Stravinky's efforts in this direction). Taken from the Book of the Dead, Spell 166...use of five flutes creates something of a magical sound...expertly written, the organ taking on a rather more dramatic aspect later in the piece. Sklar creates a fascinating exploration of Ancient Egypt using a contemporary sound. Well worth exploring." ARKIVMUSIC.COM

"These works by Sklar are the exciting edge of modern music where folk (a la Middle Eastern and North African traditional music) meets the exotic and chamber works in inventive ways that are very compelling. Especially appealing to the "world music" crowd, this is very accessable modern music that builds on...Borodin and other Romantic era composers whose work was inspired by, and infused with Eastern influence." DELMARVA WSCL Radio

A NATIVE AMERICAN-JAZZ TRIBUTE A Tune for America

"Audible glimpses of American grandeur like Monument Valley." JAZZ WEEKLY

"...a beautiful showcase of Native American flute melodies blended with jazz rhythms." MURUCH entertainment

"...a wonderful combination of jazz improvisation and Native American inflection and melody. Sklar is a wonderful and inventive flutist and composer, and she plays all the flutes with great sound and polish. Pam has given us a snapshot of American styles in this thoughtful and delightful cd." THE FLUTE VIEW

"...the listener is transformed into another time and place...hauntingly beautiful...full of colors...excellent...mastery."  The National Flute Association; THE FLUTIST QUARTERLY

"Very listenable music that straddles world music and jazz. Flutist Pamela Sklar has produced this album which puts together Native American musical styles and jazz which have engaged her imagination and soul. She improvisies on various sorts of flutes...I especially liked Wood Spirit..." AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

"Pamela Sklar, a God-gifted musician...her rare sound is a story teller. Her new release "A Native-American-Jazz Tribute" is astounding...spectacular...marvelous."  SMOOTH JAZZ MAGAZINE                       

"...Sklar is at home in many musical genres...creative...superb."  FLUTE TALK

Reviews As Performer:

"…stimulating…hearty applause...delightful listening..."
THE NEW YORK TIMES 

"...engaging...piquant...delightful..."
THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Sklar, a master of control and dynamics, conjured up delicious imagery…rich, pure sound.”
THE BOSTON GLOBE  

“Sklar continued to beam her beauteous radiance through her flute.”
THE ANN ARBOR NEWS   

"Flutist Pamela Sklar's purity of tone and agile execution were well suited to Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano."
THE WASHINGTON POST

“…flawless intonation…lovely and lively… 
THE WASHINGTON TIMES    

“…dazzling technique…”
THE DENVER POST 

“…sensual solos from the flute…an uncanny ability to switch from Baroque or Classical themes to jazz...fresh enthusiasm and vigor…the lush sweetness of Sklar’s three flutes was a joy.”
THE NEWS TRIBUNE, TACOMA, WASHINGTON

“The spectacularly outfitted Pamela Sklar was an adroit and style-conscious performer.”
THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR  

"...flutist Pamela Sklar presented a sparkilng evening...talented...stirring..."
THE CALGARY SUN, CANADA

“Sklar is engaging and especially piquant…a sweet-toned player, she displayed excellent control and a fine sense of dynamics even in the fleetest, most demanding passages.”
THE HARTFORD COURANT  

"Flutist Pamela Sklar was deft in adapting her style to Claude Bolling's jazz-classical crossover music."
THE TIMES TRIBUNE - PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA

"...can improvise and swing...nice embellishments by the chamber group, especially flutist Pamela Sklar."
ATHENS DAILY NEWS/ATHENS BANNER HERALD, GA

"Pamela Sklar joined Bolling for sections from the wonderful 'Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano'. Sklar is a young charmer and she can play! She too has a full understanding of the scores and the style. She switched around between several instruments...bass flute...mild, blue sound...alto flute- nice and warm."
DARIEN NEWS, CT