Composer Pamela Z creates multimedia work about Times Square during the pandemic

Posted on: January 11, 2021

“ ‘Times3’ is the latest work by … veteran composer, vocalist, and multimedia artist Pamela Z,” writes Seth Colter Walls in Friday’s (1/8) New York Times. “She started the year in Italy, as a recipient of the prestigious Rome Prize, working on a new performance piece [‘Simultaneous’] that was to have its debut in June at the Museum of Modern Art in New York…. When the pandemic hit, it cut her Rome residency short and indefinitely delayed her MoMA premiere…. In New York … the Prototype festival this month will offer … ‘Times3,’ a streaming soundscape collaboration between Ms. Z and the theater artist Geoff Sobelle. It comes as part of a pandemic overhaul to this annual festival of new opera and wide-ranging music theater…. ‘Even though we’re speaking to academics and journalists and architects and city planners and people like that,’ Sobelle said, ‘she’s looking for musicality. It’s very much an art piece.’ ” Pamela Z, who is currently composing a work for soprano Julia Bullock and the San Francisco Symphony, has had her work performed by Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, Bang on a Can All Stars, and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, among others.