A forest of music
Last year, at the start of COVID lockdown, I was fortunate enough to participate in the Smithsonian NMNH #naturenerding101 campaign last spring, which featured a week of folks from the bird division describing their favourite birds. This segment also featured a part where Bird Division scientists imitated some of our favourite urban birds.
This project spurred a collaboration with David Harrington from classical heavyweights The Kronos Quartet using human sounds (vocal and instrumental) to imitate the sounds of the birds. This reflected our COVID isolation reality, our desire to communicate with nature and how nature had started to re-occupy space in urban areas. This blossomed into teaching bird songs and listening to nature for the San Francisco Girls Chorus.
Eventually, Smithsonian and I teamed up with Kronos, San Francisco Girls Chorus (SFGC), composer Sahba Aminikia and children from the Sirkhane Social Circus School to produce an audiovisual composition for the end of year SFGC concert.
This project was a resounding success, and I hope we touched the hearts of children around the planet to connect more with the music of nature.
Ramblings of a mad biologist