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Nightingales of Berlin
Mar 10, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm| $10
Experience the live improvisation of two master jazz players with the bird songs of nightingales.
David Rothenberg has been putting on live concerts together with the singing nightingales of Berlin for several years now.
This year he releases a unique recording of a single track, single performance of Lucie Vítková on voice and accordion, himself on clarinet and iPad (sampling the bird live of course).
The record will be released at The Alchemists Kitchen on March 10th at 7:30pm, and the whole piece will be reconstructed live in a single set, with the two musicians performing along with a recording of a single nightingale singing.
The evening will be introduced by Ofer Tchernichovski, directior of the birdsong neuroscience laboratory at CUNY, who will explain what we know and don’t know about the nightingale’s song.
Poets also have weighed in on the question. From Shelley’s “The Woodman and the Nightingale”:
Wakening the leaves and waves, ere it has passed
To such brief unison as on the brain
One tone, which never can recur, has cast
One accent never to return again.
The world is full of Woodmen who expel
Love’s gentle Dryads from the haunts of life,
And vex the nightingales in every dell.
David Rothenberg, musician and philosopher, is the author of Why Birds Sing and records on the Terra Nova and ECM labels.