Eric Salzman: Composer, Author, Music Theater Innovator


New Releasings

Labor Records in collaboration with Naxos is releasing a series of recordings of my work covering more than half a century! The most recent release is "Jukebox in the Tavern of Love" paired with a new work by Meredith Monk. "The Nude Paper Sermon" and "Wiretap" is a double album containing no fewer than five works; see below for details. "Civilization & its Discontents" is a words-and-music collaboration with Michael Sahl. More information, reviews and ordering (physical or digital editions) is available below or by going to Labor Records.

Jukebox in the Tavern of Love Nude Paper Sermon - Wiretap Civilization Discontents

Report on the CCO Colloquium and Salzman’s Radio Interview on WBAI

The Center for Contemporary Opera held a public panel or colloquium event on the subject of The New Music Theater in December at The Cell Theater in Manhattan with Eric Salzman, Thomas Desi and several distinguished colleagues—Rinde Eckert, Steven Osgood, Diane Wondisford and Grethe Barrett Holby. Salzman visited Vienna in mid-January and a similar panel was held at the Kunstlerhaus (Artist House) there with Thomas, the Italian composer Maurizio Squillante and Laura Berman of the artistic staff of the Bregenz Festival. Salzman also did a program on his own music theater work—with special emphasis on The Nude Paper Sermon, The True Last Words of Dutch Schultz, and Jukebox in the Tavern of Love—at the University two days later.

Also in December, the program Through the Opera Glass, hosted by Marc Laiosa on WBAI-FM, held an extended, three-hour interview with Salzman about his life and work, complete with generous musical excerpts (Salzman spent a couple of crucial periods of his life as music director of WBAI where he founded the legendary Free Music Store).

German Book Launch for The New Music Theater

Buchpräsentation: Thomas Desi/Eric Salzman: “The New Music Theater. Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body”

Thomas Desi präsentiert passend zum Operettenwinter in brut seine gemeinsam mit Eric Salzman verfasste jüngste Publikation The New Music Theater.

Mit diesem Buch liefern die beiden Autoren einen soziologischen und künstlerischen Abriss des Genres Musiktheater jenseits von Oper und Musical und erörtern in vielfältiger Weise wie Musik im Theater funktioniert. Mit einer Fülle an Beispielen und Beschreibungen, nicht nur von Inszenierungen, sondern auch von Ideen, Konzepten und Trends im Musiktheater zeigen die Autoren das Potential eines lange verkannten Genres auf. Zahlreiche Illustrationen und Bilder zu Arbeiten zeitgenössischer Regisseure veranschaulichen die neuesten Entwicklungen und Thesen im Musiktheater und machen The New Music Theater zu einem unverzichtbaren Standardwerk des Genres.

“As an artist who has worked between the cracks of art forms since the 1960’s, I applaud Salzman and Desi for providing a fresh and inclusive survey of the important and evolving field of new music theater- a form that continues to expand our perception of what is possible in art that lives and breathes.”

20 uhr
brut im Künstlerhaus/Foyer
Eintritt frei

Date Posted // January 05, 2009
In Categories // Events, The New Music Theater, Writings