David Rothenberg traveled from Hawaii to Russia to Canada to make music together with belugas, killers, and the greatest of all animal musicians, the humpbacks. Here are live interspecies jams unlike anything you’ve ever heard. Studio pieces complement these with killer beluga beats, thrumming sperm whale clicks, subsonic fin whale beats and Rothenberg’s own rich bass clarinet tones, plus the contributions of the great ECM violinists Nils Økland and Michelle Makarski. There’s even a never-before recorded legendary Pete Seeger song, “The World’s Last Whale. This is a record that will change the way you listen to the sea, and lead you to appreciate beautiful and little-known sounds that come from the world’s watery depths.
David Rothenberg is an improvising composer and philosopher with numerous recordings, performances, and books to his credit. His 1995 record, On the Cliffs of the Heart, with percussionist Glen Velez and banjo player Graeme Boone, was released by New Tone Records. Jazziz named it one of the top ten releases of 1995. A few years earlier John Cage praised this trio’s “sense of virtuosity traveling all over the world.” Rothenberg has performed with Scanner, Marilyn Crispell, Evan Parker, Adam Rudolph, Ray Phiri, and Jan Bang. His previous book and CD, Why Birds Sing, has been published in the USA, England, Australia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Korea, China, and Taiwan, and sold thousands of copies as both book and music CD. It was even turned into a BBC television special last year with appearances by Laurie Anderson, Jarvis Cocker, Beth Orton, and Damon Albarn.
The new CD is even more far-reaching and ear-expanding? Think you know what a whale sounds like? Think again.
“David Rothenberg,” says Paul Winter, “is one of the rare musicians who is devoted to exploring the voices of the natural world. I would hope his work might encourage others to follow suit."
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