Greta and playwright, Akin Salawu.

Greta and playwright, Akin Salawu.

For the past 2 years - as part of Ars Nova theatre's Uncharted program - I have been developing a new musical with playwright, Akin Salawu

THE REAL WHISPER is a musical about a haunted mansion that hungers for human souls and a group of people who are drawn to ghost hunting. It was initially inspired by a ghost tour Adam and I took in North Adams, Massachusetts. I met Akin at an event organized by The Public Theater, aimed at introducing composers and playwrights, and we bonded over a love of horror movies. I've written quite a few songs for this show. 

We have a fabulous cast of extraordinary actors and musicians breathing life into the show, with direction by the brilliant Meghan Finn, this MONDAY, DECEMBER 19 at Ars Nova on W 54th Street between 10th & 11th Ave at 3pm. It's free! 

Please click the link below to RSVP:


Music and lyrics by Greta Gertler Gold
Book and lyrics by Akin Salawu


Jenni Barber
Margot Bingham
Danny Bolero
Alexis Bronkovic
Tony Crane
Blake Delong
Rebecca Hart
Ronete Levenson
Graydon Long
Lauren Molina
Ronald Peet
Nathaniel Stampley Jr

Directed by Meghan Finn.
Stage Manager: Molly Shea.
Musical Director / Pianist: James Harvey

William Bva Bausch (drums)
Kevin B Harris (bass)
Pete Smith (guitar)

Thank you - and happy holidays!!

Greta &

The Universal Thump

PATREON Campaign and Greta's Blog Launched! 

Please click here to find out more about Patreon and catch up on Greta's Blog... We'll be releasing a new digital single in mid-September called 'Middle Life'. We began recording it last Summer in Brooklyn with very little air-conditioning, and baby Lila almost here - it was so uplifting to record it! We hope you'll consider becoming our Patrons. Every $1 helps us so much. Thank you xo
(Photo by the wonderful Branden Poe)

WE'RE LIVE! 'Seder-Masochistic' Music Video & Digital Single
Released just in time for Passover. Featuring guest vocalist, Broadway's Lauren Molina (The Skivvies, Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages) - please  =enjoy and share!


Today we launch The Universal Thump's Patreon campaign, with which we will release new music, videos, podcasts, songbooks and more on a subscription basis per "thing". (We were thinking of doing a monthly subscription, but we can't guarantee that timeline or quantity of output at the moment, being new parents and all). First up, we will hopefully be releasing a music video and digital single in time for Passover - 'SEDER-MASOCHISTIC' - featuring guest vocalist, Lauren Molina. The video will also feature her, Anna C Cabanna (Moses). Please join us on Patreon to help make this happen! The link is here. Thank you! XOXOX

APRIL 2016

A few months have flown by. It's been a blur of changes (musical, continental, diapers/nappies). We just spent a beautiful 5 weeks in Australia and are now back in Brooklyn. 

Coming up: SUNDAY, MAY 1 at 7pm - The Universal Thump hosts THE SEDER-SONGWRITER PROJECT at Joe's Pub with MC Anna Copa Cabanna (aka 'Moses'). This will be the 3rd year we've done this, and the line-up of special guests is spectacular: Stew, Rachelle Garniez, Corn Mo, Dawn Landes, Pete Galub, Rebecca Pronsky, Noam Weinstein, Serena Jost, David Nagler, Deb Adler Poppel, Ian Riggs, Jesse Krakow and more TBA soon. Tickets are Available Here Now.


There is much exciting news to report, as the new year approaches.

Greta and Stew (TONY Award winner for Passing Strange) will be presenting songs from their musical, ANNA HIT at Barbés on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 with full band and actors. Musical direction by Adam D Gold. Greta and Stew will also each be performing a short solo set. Click here for more details.

On TUESDAY, JANUARY 12: Songs from The Real Whisper - a new musical in development at Ars Nova Uncharted, by Greta Gertler Gold & Akin Salawu at ARS NOVA. More information and ticket link coming soon.

And NOW ON SALE: The Universal Thump's Australian EP Release show at CAMELOT (Marrickville, Sydney). With Peccadillo! Celebrating their 21st Anniversary. This is all happening on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25. One Sydney Show Only. And Lila Pannonica Gold will be in attendance! Click here for tickets.


Please welcome our newest release... Lila Pannonica Gold! Born September 8, 2015 at Weill-Cornell Hospital in NYC - Greta's and Adam's first child - very much hoped and wished-for, for many years. She has brought so much joy! The family (including Minke) have been off grid for a little while, but will return to making music soon. 


The Universal Thump's new release  Walking the Cat: The Abbey Road EP is now out on Bandcamp, iTunes and all the usual digital suspects. CDs plus TOTE BAGS (featuring whale-cat-inspired design by Dutch artist & musician, Sonja Van Hamel), can also be ordered via the Bandcamp Page or by emailing

We were thrilled to receive this REVIEW on Italian blog, Clouds and Clocks. Plus Beppe Colli also interviewed Greta here about the making of the EP at Abbey Road Studios (Photos included). 

In other news....

The Universal Thump has been producing the forthcoming album, 'The Beacon' by NYC based singer-songwriter, ALICE BIERHORST. The album is dedicated to Alice's mother. It ranges from intimate to orchestral pop to theatrical in terms of arrangements. We were thrilled to work with Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Joan As Policewoman) on the mixes. You can take a listen here on their Soundcloud page.

Greta has also continued to compose music for new musicals with STEW (Passing Strange) and AKIN SALAWU (Ars Nova Uncharted) throughout this year, and will be presenting songs from both shows in two shows this upcoming NYC Wintertime. More info TBA soon.