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Journalist and oboist Blair Tindall writes about classical music for the New York Times and has performed, toured and recorded with the New York Philharmonic and many other musical groups. She has taught journalism at Stanford University and oboe at the University of California-Berkeley.
"Mozart in the Jungle" was completed during a residency at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH.
With Larry Mantle on his Los Angeles NPR show (KPCC),
WIth WUNC host Melinda Penkava on
"The State of Things"
With Dave Beck on Seattle's KUOW show,
With John Schaefer on WNYC's "Soundcheck"
PRAISE FOR "MOZART IN THE JUNGLE"
**"It's always fun to read a book with so many of your friends in it! Blair Tindall's book combines a personal memoir of her years as a gigging oboist in New York's Upper West Side musicians' ghetto with a trenchant analysis of what's wrong with classical music today. No other book I know on the subject does this to such powerful effect; she leaves us with a disturbing, fact-filled portrait of American musical life that is both humorous and human."
--Composer William Bolcom, 1988 Pulitzer Prize for music
**"Blair Tindall blows the lid off the world of classical music in this book that transcends the genre of memoir. While an intensely personal and revealing story, Mozart in the Jungle is also fine investigative journalism, with an abiding sense of history. It's a remarkable multi-layered work of non-fiction.
She entered the sacred temple of classical music--for so long shrouded in mystery, off-limits to critical examination--emerged with this tale of a non-profit "industry" bent on self destruction, conductors feeding at the trough of excess, both monetary and sexual. This book is a must-read for anyone concerned about the arts in America."
--Dale Maharidge, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "And Their Children After Them."
"The most moving moment [of the soundtrack to Spike Lee's "Malcolm X"] is the solo oboe performance of Blair Tindall on the "Assassination" theme. --CD REVIEW MAGAZINE (933.3KB)
MORE PRAISE FOR "MOZART IN THE JUNGLE"
**"Blair Tindall opens up a fascinating world which most of us---fans of classical music included---know nothing about. Mozart in the Jungle is funny, startling, heartbreaking, informative, and utterly absorbing. Blair Tindall writes like an angel."
--Lee Smith, author, "The Last Girls"