NJIT Professor David Rothenberg, a best-selling author and acclaimed clarinetist, will perform with pianist Marilyn Crispell for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s next Listening Party on Tuesday, June 22nd at 7 p.m. Featured will be their album, One Dark Night I Left My Silent House, released this month by ECM Records.
Although Rothenberg is most known for his work with the sounds of birds and whales, this record and performance is pure clarinet and piano. He and Crispell will discuss what happens to free improvisation when it becomes fixed on record, along with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education director Ken Druker.
The free event open to the public will be held at the Irene Diamond Education Center at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway, 60th St., New York, NY. Seating is first come, first serve; doors open 6:30 p.m.
(ATTENTION EDITORS: Visit www.jalc.org/listeningparty for more concert information. To interview Rothenberg, contact Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436.)
Rothenberg, a humanities professor, teaches philosophy and music at NJIT. His most recent book, Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound (Basic Books, 2008) as well as the same-named CD, chronicled the rich, underwater universe of whale sound.
To produce the material, Rothenberg traveled from Hawaii to Russia to play his bass clarinet while recording the sounds of whales in their native habitats. Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association, named the text one of the ten best science and technology books for 2008.
Why Birds Sing (Basic Books, 2005) was Rothenberg’s first general interest book to examine bird song from the combined perspectives of science, music, and poetry and the culmination of his interdisciplinary work since he began teaching at NJIT in 1992. Why Birds Sing has been published in the U.S., England, Australia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Korea, China, and Taiwan as both a book and compact disc.
Earlier in Rothenberg’s career, he edited The Book of Music and Nature (Wesleyan University Press, 2001), and Parliament of Minds (SUNY Press, 1999), featuring interviews with leading philosophers in conjunction with a public broadcasting television series of the same name, of which he was a co-producer. Rothenberg has also released seven albums under his own name, on the Terra Nova, EarthEar, and Accurate labels, and he has performed or recorded with Peter Gabriel, Scanner, Glen Velez, Karl Berger, Ray Phiri, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. One of his CDs "On the Cliffs of the Heart," was named one of the top ten releases of 1995 by Jazziz magazine.