Summer Outdoor Film Series » Nightingales in Berlin: Searching for the Perfect Sound
Musician David Rothenberg opens up the outdoor film screening with a short and intimate sound performance interacting with the nature sounds surrounding the Museum. Following the performance we’ll screen Rothenberg’s newly released documentary film, Nightingales in Berlin.
Have you ever listened closely to a nightingale’s song? In this film, Rothenberg takes us to the urban landscape of Berlin—longtime home to nightingale colonies where the birds sing ever louder in order to be heard—and invites us to listen in on their remarkable collaboration as birds and instruments riff off of each other’s sounds. Through dialogue, travel records, sonograms, tours of Berlin’s city parks, and musings on the place animal music occupies in our collective imagination, Rothenberg takes us on a quest for a new sonic alchemy, a music impossible for any one species to make alone.
David Rothenberg is distinguished professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is the author of many books investigating music in nature, including Why Birds Sing, Survival of the Beautiful, and Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise. His writings have been translated into more than eleven languages and among his twenty-one music CDs is One Dark Night I Left My Silent House, on ECM.
Film Series sponsored by Demara Titzer.
Free, register online or with Guest Services.