David Rothenberg
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David Rothenberg

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The best kept secret in music


"Paul Winter"

"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 this work might encourage others to follow suit."
- back of the book WHY BIRDS SING

"John Walters, CD of the Week"

Genuine 21st century music! - The Guardian, UK

"Milo Miles"

Stunning virtuosity...

(On the Cliffs of the Heart) - Fresh Air, on NPR

"Iris Brooks"

One of the top ten CDs of 1995

(On the Cliffs of the Heart) - Jazziz


Why Birds Sing, 2005
Soo Roo, 2004
Before the War (with Doug Quin), 2000
Bangalore Wild (with the Karnataka College of Percussion), 1999
Unamuno, 1997
On the Cliffs of the Heart, 1995
Nobody Could Explain It, 1991


Feeling a bit camera shy


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. A few years earlier John Cage praised this trio’s "sense of virtuosity traveling all over the world." Jazziz named it one of the top ten releases of 1995. His 1997 record, Unamuno, blending improvised music with natural soundscapes, was featured on NPR, WDR German Radio Cologne, and Radio Mafia in Finland. In 1999 he released Bangalore Wild, a collaboration with the Karnataka College of Percussion in Bangalore, India, in collaboration with the WILD Foundation. In 2000 Before the War was released, a collaboration with natural sound artist Douglas Quin, from EarthEar Records in Santa Fe. It was cited as "a notable release" in Billboard, and The Guardian in Britain praised it as "genuine 21st century music." His most recent CD is Soo-Roo, featuring Estonian guitarist Robert Jürjendal and percussionist John Wieczorek.

Rothenberg has performed with Marilyn Crispell, Hamid Drake, Karl Berger, Barry Guy, and various cutting-edge music figures from South Africa to Norway including Ray Phiri and Jan Bang. Rothenberg is also co-editor of The Book of Music and Nature (2001), and he produced the accompaning compilation CD which includes the music of Pauline Oliveros, Brian Eno, Tuvan throatsingers and Australian butcherbirds. His book/CD memoir, Sudden Music: Improvisation, Art, Nature, came out in 2002.