Join us in the garden for an afternoon of music from nature with David Rothenberg, organized by our very own resident beekeeper Deirdre Newman! In this concert he presents a musical trajectory through the sounds of the insect worlds, from crickets and cicadas to the bees of the community garden. Creatures whose musical worlds we will enter include the three-humped treehopper, snowy tree cricket, seventeen-year cicada, lesser water boatman and the mountain pine bark beetle.
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. www.davidrothenberg.netwww.bugmusicbook.com
Musician and philosopher David Rothenberg is the author of Why Birds Sing (Basic Books and Penguin UK), also published in Italy, Spain, Taiwan, China, Korea, and Germany. In 2006 it was turned into a feature-length TV documentary by the BBC. Rothenberg has also written Sudden Music, Blue Cliff Record, Hand’s End, and Always the Mountains. His articles have appeared in Parabola, Orion, The Nation, Wired, Dwell, Kyoto Journal, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail and Sierra, and his writings have appeared in at least eleven languages. His book Thousand Mile Song (Basic Books), about making music with whales, was turned into a feature documentary for Canal+ in France. His most recent books are Survival of the Beautiful (Bloomsbury) and Bug Music (St Martins Press), which has been profiled on Radiolab, PBS, and in the New Yorker Magazine.
As a musician Rothenberg has performed and recorded with Jan Bang, Scanner, Glen Velez, Karl Berger, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. His latest major label music CD, One Dark Night I Left My Silent House, a duet with pianist Marilyn Crispell, came out on ECM in 2010. He is currently at work on a CD with Pauline Oliveros. Rothenberg is professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.