Staged Premiere of Salzman’s Jukebox in the Tavern of Love at The Flea Theater
Jukebox in the Tavern of Love, a modern madrigal comedy by Valeria Vasilevski and Eric Salzman, had its staged premiere from May 29 to June 1, 2008, at The Flea, an off-off-Broadway theater on White Street in New York’s Tribeca district. The work was paired with a ‘real’ 1605 madrigal comedy by Adriano Banchieri, “La Barca di Venetia per Padova” or “The Ferryboat from Venice to Padova”. The double bill was performed by the Western Wind which commissioned “Jukebox” and both pieces were directed by Ms Vasilevski. An audio CD and a DVD of the work will be available this fall; details to be announced.
In the meanwhile, two of the numbers, The Dancer’s Story (“Brush, chug, shuffle”) and the Utility Worker’s Song (“All that is left of me,” after Rumi) have been recorded for Public Radio International for a 4th of July American music program by the Western Wind that also includes music by Meredith Monk and William Bolcom.