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

Salzman Published in Yale’s Theater Magazine

Eric Salzman’s article, Speaking in Tongues, or Why Should Eclectic Be a Bad Word?, has just been published in the Up Front section of Theater Magazine (Vol.39, no.3) published by the Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theater.

Date Posted // November 29, 2009
In Categories // News, Speaking in Tongues, Writings

News for The New Music Theater

The ezine NewMusicBox (Frank Oteri, editor) is running an excerpt from the Oxford book The New Music Theater and an interview with Eric Salzman. A different excerpt will appear in the next issue of the Kurt Weill Newsletter. Oxford has also submitted the book to the Kurt Weill Foundation which gives an annual award to the best book on the subject of music theater.

A related article written by Salzman will appear in the next issue of the Yale Theater Review. It’s entitled Speaking in Tongues, or Why Should Eclectic Be a Bad Word? It will be illustrated by a lot of his work, past and present, and should be out by the fall.

Date Posted // June 07, 2009
In Categories // Music Theater, News, The New Music Theater, Writings

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

The New Music Theater Published by Oxford University Press

Eric Salzman’s book, The New Music Theatre: Hearing the Body, Seeing the Voice, co-authored with Thomas Desi, has recently been published by Oxford University Press. Amazingly, it’s the first book to cover the field of experimental and innovative music theater as it has developed over the years. You can buy it from Amazon or through any book store.

Date Posted // November 06, 2008
In Categories // News, The New Music Theater, Writings