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

David Rothenberg: Interspecies sound improvisation workshop

introductory lecture / Wednesday, 3 May, from 10:00 to 11:00
workshop / Saturday, 6 May, from 10:00 to 14:00
gathering place: Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana

The workshop is intended for professional musicians (vocalists and/or acoustic instrumentalists). The goal of the workshop is to present the field of interspecies communication and musical improvisation between humans and other non-human animal species.


Participating artists, led by the internationally renowned clarinetist David ROTHENBERG, and together with the inhabitants of the natural environment, will create cross-species sound improvisation. During the workshop, the participants will become familiar with the idea of sensitization for the performance of interspecies sound events, as well as attentive listening and cooperation with non-human animal species. The ethical rules of interspecies creation will also be presented, which are based on a respectful attitude towards other animal species, which we perceive as independent personalities, with their own desires and needs for research, as well as moving away from stressful situations.

The workshop was part of the accompanying program of the project Eduardo RAON, David ROTHENBERG and Tea VIDMAR: AnimotMUZIK.

Photo: Matej TOMAŽIN, CONA archive.

David ROTHENBERG is a musician, composer and writer. He teaches philosophy and music as a distinguished professor at the Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey. He deals with the study of man’s relationship with nature and with the sounds of non-human animals, which he treats as musical. He is one of the main creators in the field of interspecies music, known for his musical improvisations with animals, especially birds, insects and whales.

The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana, Department for Culture.