David Rothenberg, clarinetist and philosopher, wrote Why Birds Sing, Bug Music, Survival of the Beautiful and many other books, published in at least eleven languages. He has 16 CDs out, including One Dark Night I Left My Silent House which came out on ECM, and most recently Berlin Bülbul and Cool Spring.
He has performed or recorded with Pauline Oliveros, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, Suzanne Vega, Scanner, Elliot Sharp, Markus Reuter, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. He also worked on the films “Song from the Forest” and the upcoming “Nightingales in Berlin” is based on his next book.
Rothenberg is Distinguished Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Notable works, coverage and accomplishments
(cover photo: Playing clarinet in the Arctic ©Andrea Galvani. headshot: ©Rudolf van Dommele, courtesy ECM Records)