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

Center for Contemporary Opera Benefit and Gala

The Center for Contemporary Opera’s benefit and gala at the Cell Theatre on Friday, February 19, 2010, will feature the Chanson de l’Opium from Salzman’s score for a French translation of Brecht’s La Bonne Ame de Setchouan. It will be performed by Laila Salins, mezzo-soprano, and Bill Schimmel, accordion, who gave the concert premiere in December. The program also includes excerpts from Michael Dellaira’s The Secret Agent, Susan Hurley’s Anais, and a short opera buffa called Review, based on a New Yorker story by Patricia Marx with music by Jeremy Beck. For ticket information go to or call 1-800-838-3006.

Date Posted // January 19, 2010
In Categories // Events, La Bonne Ame de Setchouan, Music Theater, News, Works and Productions

The Visible Sounds Conference in Jerusalem

In February, Salzman will be presenting his work and ideas at Visible Sounds: Interrationships Among Music, the Visual Arts and the Performing Arts—a conference at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute for Advanced Studies, in collaboration with the Israel Science Foundation.

Date Posted // January 16, 2010
In Categories // Events, News

Performances of Salzman’s Brecht Suite and Accord

On December 2nd, 3rd and 4th, Salzman’s Brecht Suite of music from a French-language production of the Brecht Good Person of Szechuan, and Salzman’s solo accordion work, Accord, will be performed at the cell theatre on 23rd Street in New York’s Chelsea district. The Brecht Suite will be performed by Laila Salins, mezzo, William Schimmel, accordion (the same two who performed it last June at the Southampton Cultural Center) with Machiko Osawa and Marc Levin, violins, and Leo Grinhauz, cello.

Accord is a solo piece written for Schimmel which not only requires him to play classical, pop and virtuoso accordion but also to stroll, sing, laugh and even break down crying. The program also includes a solo piece by Schimmel, a set of Latvian drinking songs and tangos, and a set of tangos by Osvaldo Pugliese—perhaps the greatest of all the classic Argentine tangeros. The concert is at 8:00pm and is part of the Center for Contemporary Opera’s 2009–2010 season. Read the full press release (PDF).

Date Posted // November 06, 2009
In Categories // Accord/Discord, Brecht Suite, Events, News, Works and Productions

Premiere of Salzman’s Five Dances for String Quartet

On October 30th, Eric Salzman’s Five Dances for String Quartet, based on prepared piano music written in the 1940s by John Cage, will be performed for a concert of Cage’s music at Bard College as part of a three-day symposium on Cage, celebrating the Cage Trust at Bard. Read the full press release (PDF). Note that, although individual pieces have been performed separately (Totem Ancestor was widely performed and recorded by the Kronos Quartet), this is the premiere of the set as a whole.

Date Posted // October 03, 2009
In Categories // Events, Five Dances for String Quartet, News, Works and Productions

Bar La Barca at Bargemusic

On Wednesday, July 8th and Friday, July 10th at 8:00pm, Bar La Barca, a unique double bill of “madrigal comedies” written 400 years apart will be performed by the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble at Brooklyn’s Bargemusic at Fulton Ferry Landing. Read the full press release (PDF).

Date Posted // June 02, 2009
In Categories // Events, Music Theater, News