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.
AGENDA Magazine with articles by Eric and Eva Salzman
The latest issue of the distinguished British poetry magazine, AGENDA, is a double issue devoted to the theme of “Poetry & Opera” and it features essays on the subject by Eric Salzman and his daughter, poet and librettist Eva Salzman.
Eric’s contribution is entitled “Opera, The Writer & The Composer” and it is a brief for a new, small-scale form of opera/music theater that sheds the baggage of grand opera for more direct forms of communication. Eva’s “Opera More or Less Seriously; or an Ensemble of Perplexity” is partly a memoir (growing up at 29 Middagh Street in Brooklyn, still a family home) and partly a rumination on the topic (including her own experiences with the English National Opera Studio). There is a musical except from “Cassandra” (also known as “Cassandra, Ground Zero”), a father-&-daughter collaboration based on a modernized version of the ancient myth.
These essays are in good company with a long list of distinguished contributors including Derek Wolcott, Thomas Ades, Michael McCarthy (co-founder of Music Theatre Wales), Wasfi Kani (founder of Pimlico Opera) and many others. The magazine is edited by Patricia McCarthy, herself a noted poet, and the double issue is Volume 47, Nos 3-4. More information is available at the web site <www.agendapoetry.co.uk/>.