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Playing to the Cheep (and Chirp) Seats

  • Rothenberg has incorporated  singing  cicadas into his music.
    Rothenberg has incorporated singing cicadas into his music.
    Copyright C. Lindsay 2009 - 2012

Location: Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts

March 26, 2015
David Rothenberg is a musician, philosopher and author who often makes music with his favorite non-human species, including birds, grasshoppers, and whales. He comes to Washington College March 26 for a concert and talk.

CHESTERTOWN, MD— He’s made music with whales and cicadas, written the book on why birds sing, released 11 CDs as a composer and clarinetist, been the subject of a BBC documentary and a French television film, and been featured in major media that include the Wall Street Journal, Radiolab and The New Yorker.  On Thursday evening, March 26, the acclaimed David Rothenberg will perform and speak at Washington College. 

His presentation, “Bird, Whale, Bug: Improvisation with Nature,” is free and open to the public. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Gibson Center for the Arts. A reception will follow in the lobby. Rothenberg’s visit is sponsored by the SANDBOX Initiative, the Department of Music, and the Center for Environment and Society. 

David Rothenberg is an ECM recording artist who teaches philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. His interest in the sounds made by animals and insects has inspired unique musical adventures around the globe. In his concert and talk, Rothenberg will reveal the distinct and evolved aesthetic senses in some of his favorite species—the thrush nightingale, humpback whale, three-humped treehopper, snowy tree cricket, seventeen-year cicada, white-crested laughing thrush, superb lyrebird, European marsh warbler, and mountain pine bark beetle—and illustrate how humans can connect with them through music.  

Rothenberg has written more than a dozen books, including Survival of the Beautiful, Writing on Water, and Always the Mountains. His book Why Birds Sing, was turned into a feature length BBC documentary.  Thousand Mile Song, his book about making music with whales, was turned into a film for French television. And his latest, Bug Music, and its companion CD have been covered in major outlets including The New York Times and PBS News Hour. For his most recent CD, Cicada Dream Band, Rothenberg collaborated with composer Pauline Oliveros, overtone singer Timothy Hill, and a host of live singing cicadas. 

For more information: https://davidrothenberg.wordpress.com/, and washcoll.edu/concert.

Rothenberg serenades whales with his clarinet.Rothenberg serenades whales with his clarinet.

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