Performance Lecture: David Rothenberg

Posted by alice eldridge on May 1, 2020

:::: Thursday, May 7th, 4.00pm ONLINE ::::

Performance Lecture: The Virtual Nightingale

Have you found that you have paid more attention to the birds and the bees during lock down?

To segue from International Dawn Chorus Day and continue the celebration of our soniferous cousins, we are thrilled to host a special guest from across the pond.

David Rothenberg, author of Why Birds Sing and Nightingales in Berlin, veteran performer with nature sounds near and far, will discuss his work with nightingales and underwater pond insects, explaining why human music can be enhanced by taking the sounds of the natural world seriously.

This event is free and open to all. See bottom for registration details.


Dr. David Rothenberg is distinguished professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a noted writer on themes connecting humanity, nature, and technology and music. He is the author of Why Birds Sing (Basic Books and Penguin UK, 2005), also published in Italy, Spain, Taiwan, China, Korea, and Germany, and turned into a feature-length documentary Why Birds Sing by Endemol UK for BBC4 in June, 2007. Rothenberg is also the author of Hand’s End: Technology and the Limits of Nature (California, 1993), Thousand Mile Song (Basic Books, 2008), Survival of the Beautiful (Bloomsbury, 2011), Bug Music (St Martins, 2013) and Nightingales in Berlin (Chicago, 2019 and Rowohlt, 2020)

As a musician Rothenberg records for the prestigious ECM label. His CD One Dark Night I Left My Silent House, a duet album with pianist Marilyn Crispell, was called “une petite miracle” by Le Monde and named by The Village Voice one of the ten best CDs of 2010. He has performed or recorded with Peter Gabriel, Scanner, Suzanne Vega, Marilyn Crispell, Pete Seeger, and Jaron Lanier, among many others, and appears on numerous CDs playing clarinets and various electronic and natural sounds.

New York-Paris-Berlin Live Nightingale Concert performed virtually under quarantine. More videos here

This event is free and open to all. Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.