Eric Salzman: Composer, Author, Music Theater Innovator

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New recording of “Jukebox in the Tavern of Love” is cited by Gramophone 2014 Awards issue as a best of year!

The new Western Wind recording of two commissioned works — “Jukebox in the Tavern of Love” (Eric Salzman; text by Valeria Vasilevski) and Meredith Monk’s “Basket Rondo” — has been selected in the current 2014 awards issue of Gramophone as a best of year. Here is an excerpt from Daniel Rosenberg’s review of this recent Labor/Naxos release:

“Salzman takes advantage of the [Western Wind’s] versatility and vocal gifts in Jukebox in the Tavern of Love, a ‘madrigal comedy’ with a libretto by Valeria Vasilevski. Set in a New York bar, the narrative introduces a series of characters (bartender, nun, dancer, rabbi, poet, utility worker), each of whom tells a story as the remaining observers react in Greek-chorus mode.

“The score is a delicious stew of musical styles, showing Salzman’s range as a composer and his ability to tickle the funny bone (with thanks to Vasilevski’s droll text). It’s a tour de force for the intrepid members of the Western Wind, who are as suave in the Renaissance-inspired material as they are swinging in Salzman’s jazzy concoctions.”

Gramophone, published in the UK, is the leading English-language publication covering the recording field. You can find the whole review at http://www.exacteditions.com/browse/345/365/40157/3/5/0/M%20Monk%20Salzman