David Rothenberg is an author, composer, jazz clarinetist, and distinguished professor of philosophy and Music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Among his many books is the recent Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise; Why Birds Sing: A Journey Into the Mystery of Bird Song (also the subject of a 2006 BBC-TV documentary); and Thousand Mile Song, on making music with whales, which was made into a film for French television. He has recorded numerous CDs, often with well-known composers, such as his Cicada Dream Band, with Pauline Oliveros. Currently, he is writing a book on playing music with nightingales, to be published in 2018.
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