Sex, Drugs and Classical Music
While glamorous on the outside, the reality of making it (and making rent!) as a freelance classical musician is full of unsavory details. In her tell-all memoir that is now the Golden Globe-winning Amazon original series, Mozart in the Jungle, Blair Tindall questions whether the classical music establishment can survive in its current state. Join us Thursday, April 14th at 7pm for a talk and signing with Blair Tindall.
Hailed as the first true, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on backstage, Mozart in the Jungle delves into the lives of the musicians and conductors who inhabit the insular world of classical music. Oboist Blair Tindall recounts her decades-long career as a classical musician, from the recitals and Broadway orchestra performances to the secret life of musicians who survive hand to mouth in the backbiting New York classical music scene, where musicians trade sexual favors for plum jobs and assignments in orchestras across the city. Tindall and her fellow journeymen musicians often play drunk, high, or hopelessly hungover, live in decrepit apartments, and perform in hazardous conditions— working-class musicians who schlep across the city between low-paying gigs, without health-care benefits or retirement plans, a stark contrast to the rarefied experiences of classical musician superstars.
“A candid and unstinting look at the vicissitudes of the life of a freelance musician in New York. Those in the field know what a hard life it is, highly competitive and a constant scramble with no job security or health insurance; now, thanks to Ms. Tindall’s book, it’s out there for everyone to see.” —The New York Times
Blair Tindall is a Grammy-nominated oboist and enjoys a musical career ranging from the classical stage of Carnegie Hall to New York’s famed Blue Note Jazz Club. She presented a critically acclaimed Weill Recital Hall debut and captured a top prize in the Lucarelli Competition for Solo Oboists. A busy classical artist, Tindall has appeared both at home and abroad with ensembles that include the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet and Opera Orchestras. She was contracted as solo oboist of the Broadway productions of Les Miserables, Aspects of Love, Man of La Manchaand Miss Saigon. Blair Tindall holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music, Columbia and Stanford Universities, and has taught music and journalism at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Mills College.