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David Rothenberg: Whale Music Changes

Musician and philosopher David Rothenberg specializes in the links between art and science, and the link between music and nature. He 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. His writings have appeared in at least eleven languages. His book Thousand Mile Song (Basic Books), about making music with whales, has been the subject of several documentary films in French and German.

David's performance at Marine Evolution 2018 will focus on the sounds of cetaceans, from humpbacks to belugas to orcas, musically demonstrating how these sounds have evolved, from month to month, year to year, and across millions of years to fit in to the theme of the whole event.

As a musician Rothenberg has performed and recorded with Scanner, Jaron Lanier, Suzanne Vega, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, Pauline Oliveros, 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. Rothenberg’s book, Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science, and Evolution was published by Bloomsbury in 2011 and was acclaimed in the Wall St. Journal, the Guardian and the Financial Times. His book, Bug Music, came out from St. Martins Press in April 2013, along with a CD of the same name featuring music made out of encounters with the entomological world. It has been profiled on PBS News Hour and in the New Yorker.

Rothenberg is distinguished professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has spoken all over the world at academic and popular venues, from the IdeaCity Conference, the World Wilderness Conference, Oxford University, the IDFA and Telluride Film Festivals, and at corporations such as Nokia and Google. He was the subject of a Radiolab show in 2013. His latest CDs are Cicada Dream Band and Berlin Bülbül, featuring live music with nightingales.


Marine Evolution 2018


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