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‘Bug Music,’ a book reading and musical performance

Composer David Rothenberg has spent years playing duets with cicadas, crickets and beetles, before writing a book about “Bug Music.” He will give a performance on Saturday, June 29 at the Catskill Art Society Arts Center in Livingston Manor, NY.
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June 26, 2013

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a book reading and musical performance of selections from “Bug Music,” the new book and CD from musician and professor David Rothenberg. The event will take place at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, June 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Rothenberg has spent the last few years studying and playing duets with cicadas, crickets and beetles. Now, in “Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise,” he explores the rhythm and noise of insects and their influence on human music, rhythm and dance.

The event will include readings from “Bug Music” by the author, as well as performances of his signature free jazz selections from the book’s companion CD. In addition to being an author, Rothenberg is also a composer and jazz clarinetist, and the companion CD for “Bug Music” consists of original music made with and out of the sounds of insects.

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