Eric Salzman: Composer, Author, Music Theater Innovator


An Interview Reappears

An interview that I did with Bob Gluck a number of years back has now reappeared in issue #18.3 of eContact!, a Canadian journal that describes itself as an “Online Journal of Electroacoustic Practices” (but has a much wider reach than that description would suggest). The interview, slightly reworked as a first person narrative, covers my activities at free-form radio station WBAI (especially the Free Music Store), New Image of Sound, the founding of Quog Music Theater and leading up to the American Music Theater Festival which I started in the early 1980s. The link to the piece is

Date Posted // December 20, 2016
In Categories // Articles & Interviews, News, Projects, Radio

Monk/Salzman Western Wind album WQXR album-of-the-week

The Western Wind album of commissioned works by Meredith Monk (“Basket Rondo”) and Eric Salzman (“Jukebox in the Tavern of Love”; libretto by Valeria Vasilevski) is officially the WQXR Q-2 Album-of-the-Week this week. Go to and scroll down to the album cover or further down to Molly Yeh’s review. You can listen to either or both works through this site and also order a copy.

Date Posted // May 28, 2014
In Categories // Jukebox in the Tavern of Love, News, Radio, Recordings

Salzman/Monk album to be WQXR ‘album of the week’

The Labor/Naxos album of the Western Wind’s newly commissioned works by Eric Salzman and Meredith Monk will be an upcoming ‘album of the week’ on WQXR, New York’s classical music station (and, with its sister station, WNYC, one of the leading public radio stations in the country).

The album features Salzman’s “Jukebox in the Tavern of Love”, a madrigal comedy with a text by Valeria Vasilevski. Written in the spirit of a 16th century Italian vocal work, it features six strangers — a bartender, a nun, a Broadway dancer, a rabbi, a Con Ed worker and poet — who are unexpectedly thrown together in a NY bar during a heavy storm and blackout; to pass the time, each one tells a personal story of love, earthly to spiritual. The work has been performed at the Tenri Center in NYC, the Flea Theater in Tribeca and Bargemusic under the Brooklyn Bridge; this is its first recording.

“Jukebox” is paired with Monk’s “Basket Rondo”, a work in her typically original vocal style but created for and with the Western Wind. Although the official release date is April 29th, the album is already available as a download from Labor’s web site <>



Date Posted // April 11, 2014
In Categories // Jukebox in the Tavern of Love, Music Theater, News, Radio, Recordings, Works and Productions

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).

Salzman on Through the Opera Glass

Eric Salzman will be featured on “Through the Opera Glass” with host Mark Laiosa on WBAI-FM 99.5 in New York, from 6–9am. You can also listen online.

Date Posted // December 07, 2008
In Categories // Events, News, Radio