Date: 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT March 26, 2015

Bird, Whale, Bug: Improvisation With Nature

A concert and talk by David Rothenberg, professor of Philosophy and music, New Jersey Institute of Technology. Thursday March 26th and 6:00 PM in Hotchkiss Recital Hall. Sponsored by SANDBOX, The Center for Environment and Society, and the Washington College Music Department. The event will be followed by a reception. 

David Rothenberg has long been interested in the musicality of sounds made by inhabitants of the animal world. He has jammed live with lyrebirds, broadcast his clarinet underwater for humpback whales, and covered himself in thirteen-year cicadas to wail away inside a wash of white noise.


Rothenberg presents a musical trajectory through several of his favorite species, revealing their distinct and evolved aesthetic senses in an attempt to show that music can reach across species lines, from human to animal, and back. Creatures whose musical worlds we will enter include the thrush nightingale, humpback whale, three-humped treehopper, snowy tree cricket, seventeen-year cicada, white-crested laughing thrush, superb lyrebird, European marsh warbler, lesser water boatman and the mountain pine bark beetle.


ECM recording artist David Rothenberg has performed and recorded on clarinet with Jan Bang, Scanner, Glen Velez, Karl Berger, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. He released a dozen CDs and numerous books, many dealing with the subject of music and nature. His latest book and CD is Bug Music, featuring the sounds of the entomological world. It has been featured on Radiolab and in the New Yorker. Rothenberg is professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.