Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij shares Broadway composition ‘Upper West Side, 1982’

Batmanglij has written the original music for a new production of 'This Is Our Youth'

Vampire Weekend‘s Rostam Batmanglij has shared a composition from his original score for a new production of the 1996 play This Is Our Youth.

The Kenneth Lonergan play, which stars actors Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin as well as fashion blogger and Rookie website founder Tavi Gevinson, will open on Broadway in New York tomorrow (September 11) after a run at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Batmanglij has shared a piece of music for the play called ‘Upper West Side, 1982’, which you can listen to via Pitchfork.

The play – which follows 48 hours in the life of three young New Yorkers in 1982 – is directed by Anna D Shapiro. It will run until January 4, 2015. Writing about the music, Batmanglij has said in a statement: “‘The play takes place in Dennis’ one-room apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The time is late March, 1982…’ reads the first page of Kenneth Lonergan’s script for This Is Our Youth. As soon as I read it I thought about myself at that age, I had just moved to upper Manhattan to go to school. A bunch of my time in that period of my life was spent studying piano, and the piano’s this instrument you can find in apartment buildings throughout New York.”

He continues: “So it was important for me to write something that could realistically be heard coming down the hall – maybe from an apartment next door to Dennis’. And it was also important to me that there be a bit of the feeling that a person has maybe come home late at night, in a somewhat altered state, and they sit down at a piano and this is what comes out of them and it’s never existed before.”