The Oldest Takeout in Queens is a musical celebration of some of the languages spoken in Ridgewood, Queens—my home. Set in a fictional restaurant over a hundred-year period, its sole performer is The Singer, the owner of the restaurant who rises to the challenge of learning all the new languages that arrive in the neighborhood.
Currently the piece is a work in progress. A video version will be released in early 2021, after which the score will also be available for new productions.
The Oldest Takeout in Queens was commissioned by Queens Council on the Arts’ Artist Commissioning Program with support from the Scherman Foundation’s Rosin Fund and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Special thanks to The Endangered Language Alliance.