Birdsong Undertaking helps Audubon with music, poetry, exhibition

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Right this moment the Nationwide Audubon Society introduced its partnership in “For the Birds: The Birdsong Undertaking,” a historic and unprecedented outpouring of creativity by greater than 220 music artists, actors, literary figures, and visible artists. “For the Birds: The Birdsong Undertaking” consists of 174 unique items of music, greater than 70 poems, and 20 unique album covers. Quantity I is accessible on digital streaming platforms in the present day. All proceeds profit the Nationwide Audubon Society. A full record of artists and undertaking background is accessible at www.audubon.org/birdsong-project. 

“For the Birds: The Birdsong Undertaking” is the enterprise of Grammy Award-winning music supervisor Randall Poster of Premier Music Group, who turned far more conscious of birds and the birdsong round him whereas staying at dwelling in New York Metropolis throughout the early days of COVID-19. The undertaking was additional impressed by the concept to have fun birdsong from his buddy and album Government Producer Rebecca Reagan, who introduced a grand inventive imaginative and prescient and knowledge to the undertaking.

Poster started reaching out to artists to assist create a profit album, and in that course of, he spoke with Audubon board member and actor Lili Taylor (“Say Something,” “Excessive Constancy,” “Outer Vary,” “The Conjuring”) to debate a partnership with Audubon.

“We’re going to have interaction generations of individuals in essentially the most joyful, gracious approach doable: via birdsong,” mentioned Poster. “It’s key that we deliver consciousness to this trigger by enlisting the most important names in music and leisure, and I’m so grateful to be partnering with the Nationwide Audubon Society to take action. Partnership is the important thing to defending and conserving the pure world all of us love and share.”

The record of contributors is wide-ranging and spectacular.

Musicians featured with unique contributions:

Adam Horovitz, Alaska Reid & A.G. Prepare dinner, Alex Somers, Andrew Bird, Animal Collective, Atlas Sound & L’Rain, Beck, Cassandra Jenkins, Dan Deacon, Elvis Costello, Esperanza Spalding, Flaming Lips, Haden Triplets, Jeff Tweedy, Jim James, Josh Kaufman, Julia Holter, Julianna Barwick, Kamasi Washington, Karen Elson, Karen O, Kurt Vile, Makaya McCraven, Mark Ronson, Mary Lattimore, Michael Rother & Vittoria Maccabruni, Mike Campbell, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Stephin Merritt, Terry Riley, Tyondai Braxton, UNKLE, Yo-Yo Ma, and extra.

Spoken phrase contributions:

Alice Waters, Bette Midler, Danielle Haim, Florence Welch, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Jelani Cobb, Olivia Wilde, Matthew McConaughey, Natasha Lyonne, Regina King, Robert Pattinson, Sean Penn, Tilda Swinton, Tim Blake Nelson, Toni Collette, Wally Wolodarsky, and extra.

Preview three songs from “For the Birds: The Birdsong Undertaking” right here:

Hear / Watch “Bird Calling” – Mark Ronson that includes Damon Albarn & Wale

Watch / “Archangel” – Beck

Watch / “Fly On” – Karen Elson

“Like many throughout the peak of the COVID pandemic, nature turned a soothing balm to the chaos and uncertainty,” mentioned Karen Elson. “Throughout these instances I had real moments of reflection and observed issues in regards to the bodily world which had gone unnoticed for too lengthy. The owls in my yard at sunset calling to one another, the hummingbirds within the busing within the wisteria, the bluebirds nesting by my entrance door. Because the world turned inward and the background static of our lives muted, the pure world reminded us that it’s all the time been right here however we as people so usually miss the magic that’s all the time round us. It’s such an honor to be part of The Birdsong Undertaking with so many unbelievable artists, merely for the pleasure of the birds and the inspiration they carry.”

“It was an honor and delight to take part on this lovely undertaking,” mentioned Olivia Wilde. “That is really a singular assortment of music and poetry that has by no means earlier than been collected on this scale. Studying the poetry of Ada Limon right into a microphone at Electrical Girl Studios was a dream. It’s a thrill to be part of the Birdsong inventive collective.”

Many different organizations are engaged as companions in The Birdsong Undertaking. Brooklyn Botanic Backyard is presenting “For the Birds,” a multidisciplinary exhibition and program sequence operating June 11 to October 23, that includes a garden-wide set up of artist-made birdhouses, a gallery exhibit by Taryn Simon, a soundbath that includes Alex Somers, weekly birding excursions, workshops for youths, night occasions, and extra. Birdlife Worldwide, a worldwide conservation and scientific partnership, will host a Birdsong Undertaking live performance at its centennial celebration in London this September (Audubon is a member and co-founder of BirdLife). Bird Collective has designed an attire assortment for The Birdsong Undertaking. Many different cultural establishments, gardens, and conservation organizations are additionally creating occasions and actions for summer time 2022 and past.

For a full record of artists and extra and to stream the gathering, go to www.audubon.org/birdsong-project 

Cowl artwork

Right here’s a number of the album covers for the undertaking.
Cowl artwork by Dan Attoe
Cowl artwork by Barrie Goshko
Cowl artwork by Audun Lund Alvestad
Cowl artwork by Igor Moritz
Cowl artwork by Howard Fonda
Cowl artwork by Hannah Ricke
Cowl artwork by Amy Tan
Cowl artwork by Brian Calvin

 

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