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Department of Humanities

Rothenberg, David B.

Contact Info
Title: Professor of Philosophy and Music
Email: david.b.rothenberg@njit.edu
Office: 317 Cullimore
Phone: 973-596-3289
Dept: Humanities
Webpage: http://www.davidrothenberg.net

About Me

Philosopher and musician David Rothenberg is the author of Why Birds Sing (Basic Books, 2005), also published in Italy, Spain, Taiwan, China, Korea, and Germany. His feature-length documentary Why Birds Sing was shown on BBC4 in June, 2007. Rothenberg is also the author of Sudden Music: Improvisation, Art, Nature (Georgia, 2002), Blue Cliff Record: Zen Echoes (Codhill Press, 2001), Hand´s End: Technology and the Limits of Nature (California, 1993), and Always the Mountains (Georgia, 2003).

His most recent book is Thousand Mile Song, about making music with whales. It comes out in May 2008. It is accompanied by a new CD, featuring live music together with whales, called Whale Music.

He was the editor of the MIT Press journal Terra Nova: Nature and Culture, and edited the various Terra Nova books based on the journal, including The Book of Music and Nature (Wesleyan, 2001) and Writing the World: On Globalization (MIT, 2005). His articles have appeared in Parabola, Orion, The Nation, Wired, Dwell, Kyoto Journal, The Globe and Mail, Sierra and the New York Times.

Rothenberg´s music connects the living sounds of the natural world to the traditions of global rhythmic innovation and improvisation. Inspired by the melodies and beats of birds, insects, whales, water, and wind, he blends spontaneous musical inventiveness with a sense of rhythm, exhuberance, and the listening to nature.

As a clarinetist DAVID ROTHENBERG has performed and recorded with Marilyn Crispell, Jan Bang, Scanner, Hamid Drake, Glen Velez, Karl Berger, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, Nils Økland, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. He has seven CDs out under his own name, including "On the Cliffs of the Heart," named one of the top ten releases of 1995 by Jazziz magazine.

His book and CD Why Birds Sing have received much attention in the USA, England, and Australia. The book has come out in Italian, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Taiwanese, and Korean. It was turned into a BBC feature documentary featuring Laurie Anderson, Beth Orton, and Jarvis Cocker. Rothenberg has performed many concerts of his music interwoven with natural sounds all over the world.

Education

  • Harvard College, B.A., 1984.
  • Boston University, Ph.D., 1991.

Courses I Teach

Not teaching any courses this semester

Selected Publications

Why Birds Sing (Basic Books, 2005), also published in Italy, Spain, Taiwan, China, Korea, and Germany

Sudden Music: Improvisation, Art, Nature (Georgia, 2002),

Blue Cliff Record: Zen Echoes (Codhill Press, 2001),

Hand’s End: Technology and the Limits of Nature (California, 1993)

Always the Mountains (Georgia, 2003).