Eric Salzman: Composer, Author, Music Theater Innovator

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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

Performance of Salzman’s Music for La Bonne Ame de Setchouan

A new suite taken from Eric Salzman’s music for La Bonne Ame de Setchouan—a French-language production of the Bertolt Brecht “Good Person of Sezchuan” at Quebec’s Theatre du Trident—will be performed on May 16th at the Southampton Cultural Center by mezzo Laila Salins and accordionist William Schimmel.

Date Posted // April 04, 2009
In Categories // Events, La Bonne Ame de Setchouan, News, Works and Productions

Salzman and Desi Working Together Again

Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi are working together again, this time on a production of the Morty Feldman/Sam Beckett Neither—the only opera/music theater work either of them ever wrote. The Center for Contemporary Opera will present a workshop version at The Cell in May with Keira Duffy in the principal role and featuring a mime and videographer from Vienna. The whole production will then move to Vienna where it will be performed at the Wien Modern Festival in November. Productions with full orchestra will follow in Vienna and New York in 2010.

Date Posted // March 16, 2009
In Categories // Events, News, Works and Productions

Western Wind Vocal Ensemble Performs Excerpts from Jukebox in the Tavern of Love

An excerpt from Jukebox in the Tavern of Love was performed by the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble on their O Beautiful American Music program (originally created for National Public Radio) in November at the New York Historical Society and they will perform another excerpt or two at their big anniversary celebration on May 16th. Jukebox is a “madrigal comedy” commissioned by the Western Wind on an original text by Valeria Vasilevski about six people trapped in a bar during a huge storm and blackout. The Western Wind has performed it, together with a madrigal comedy of 1607 by Adriano Banchieri about people on a ferryboat going from Venice to Padua, at the Tenri Center in Greenwich Village, and at The Flea in downtown NYC. They plan to bring it back next season in New York and on tour. There will also be a CD and DVD of the work to be released later this year.

Date Posted // February 18, 2009
In Categories // Events, Jukebox in the Tavern of Love, News, Works and Productions

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

Colloquium on The New Music Theater

The Center for Contemporary Opera will present a Colloquium on The New Music Theater based on the publication by Oxford University Press of the book with the same title by Thomas Desi and Eric Salzman. This event will feature both authors plus a panel consisting of Rinde Eckert, Steven Osgood, Diane Wondisford and Grethe Holby (also possibly Meremith Monk).

8:00pm at The Cell, 338 W. 23rd St., New York.

Press Release (PDF)

Date Posted // December 10, 2008
In Categories // Events, News, The New Music Theater, Writings