Galerija za zvok, bioakustiko in umetnost / Gallery for sound, bioacustics and art

David Rothenberg: AnimotMUZIK

Interspecies sound events with nightingales

lecture and live sound event / Thursday 12 May 2022
at 7.30 p.m. lecture on a minibus
at 8.30 p.m. live sound event
Iški morost, Ljubljansko barje

lecture and live sound event / Saturday, 14 May 2022
at 7.30 p.m. lecture
at 8.30 p.m. live sound event
Škocjanski zatok, Koper

The realization of the project is made possible due to the collaboration with DOPPS-Birdlife Slovenia.

*Signing-up for the events is mandatory, places are limited. Write on for Ljubljana events, and on for Koper events.

Photo: Matjaž Rušt

David Rothenberg, an established American clarinetist, jazz musician, composer and professor, has expanded and enriched his solo and improvisational career through artistic creation with other animal species. In the upcoming May evenings, when the leading musicians of the night of nature are nightingales, two unique sound events in the natural environment will take place as part of the Steklenik Gallery program. David Rothenberg will improvise live in the area of ​​Iški Morost and Škocjanski zatok  with nightingales and other birds living there. He will invite them to the interspecies improvisational session by listening intently and improvising on his clarinet. Due to his long-term collaboration with birds, Rothenberg understands their most subtle artistic impulses to sing.

Before the events, Rothenberg will give a lecture on different approaches to connecting with other animals through the arts, combining both professional and experiential practice. Listeners that will choose to join us at the location of Iški Morost, will be taken there by a bus, on which Rothenberg will hold a lecture.

David Rothenberg’s guest appearance is an important upgrade to the interspecies music series AnimotMUZIK,  first organized in 2019 under the direction of zoomusicologist Katarina Radaljac. The primary idea to »promote sound research which encourages artists to create works with other animals and challenge the established modes of musical expression« remains the same. A composition created from animal sounds will be replaced by a much more direct performance approach, offering listeners the experience of a completely new and unknown form of a sound event – direct interspecies improvisation.


David Rothenberg (1962) has long been interested in the musicality of sounds made by inhabitants of the animal world. He has jammed live with lyrebirds, broadcast his clarinet underwater for humpback whales, and covered himself in thirteen-year cicadas to wail away inside a wash of white noise. Musician and philosopher wrote Why Birds Sing, Bug MusicSurvival of the Beautiful, and many other books, published in at least eleven languages. He has more than thirty recordings issued, including One Dark Night I Left My Silent House (ECM) and, most recently, In the Wake of Memories and They Say Humans Exist. He has performed or recorded with Pauline Oliveros, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, Suzanne Vega, Scanner, Elliott Sharp, Iva Bittová, and the Karnataka College of PercussionNightingales in Berlin is his latest project, released as a book, CD, and film. Rothenberg is a Distinguished Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Katarina Radaljac (1993), activist and master of musicology, they dedicate their research to the music of non-human animals and interactions with them – connecting various scientific and artistic fields such as zoomusicology, applied ethnomusicology, interdisciplinary art, human-animal studies, animal ethics and others. In 2019, they successfully curated the first edition of the interspecies music cycle – animotMUZIK (produced by Cona Institue),  followed by its second edition in January 2021.

Artist: David ROTHENBERG
Curation: Katarina RADALJAC, Irena PIVKA
Organization: Irena PIVKA
Language editing: Melita SILIČ
Technical support: Brane ZORMAN
Public relations: Katarina RADALJAC
**Photos: Matjaž RUŠT
Production: Cona, Institute for Contemporary Arts Processing, 2022
Partners: DOPPS-Birdlife Slovenia, Association for Culture and Education PiNA, laboratory HEKA

David Rothenberg’s guest appearance in Ljubljana was part of the Acoustic Commons (Soundcamp 2022) project and belongs, together with a lecture by Katarina Radaljac: Interspecies musical creations in collaboration with DOPPS, to the program unit POznanje v Steklenik.

As part of the DOPPS campaign The Guardians of the National Forest, David Rothenbeng became the guardian of the Red-breasted Flycatcher.