Musician and philosopher David Rothenberg is the author of Why Birds Sing (Basic Books and Penguin UK), also published in Italy, Spain, Taiwan, China, Korea, and Germany. In 2006 it was turned into a feature-length TV documentary by the BBC. Rothenberg has also written Sudden Music, Blue Cliff Record, Hand’s End, and Always the Mountains. His articles have appeared in Parabola, Orion, The Nation, Wired, Dwell, Kyoto Journal, The Guardian, Reality Sandwich, The Globe and Mail and Sierra, and his writings have appeared in at least eleven languages. His book Thousand Mile Song (Basic Books), about making music with whales, is currently being developed into several documentary films. Rothenberg’s last book, Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science, and Evolution was published by Bloomsbury in 2011.
As a musician Rothenberg has performed and recorded with Jan Bang, Glen Velez, Karl Berger, Adam Rudolph, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, Painted Betty, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. His latest major label music CD, One Dark Night I Left My Silent House, a duet with pianist Marilyn Crispell, came out on ECM in 2010. Other recent recordings include collaborations with Pauline Oliveros, Lucie Vitkova, Scanner, and Korhan Erel.
Rothenberg is professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.