Taka Kigawa
"Phenomenon... There's no denying he's something special." - The New York Times
Taka Kigawa
Taka Kigawa
Kenji Mori
Messiaen: Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Books 1 & 7
Place & Time
Hall of North American Forests at American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York NY USA
April 22, 2018
6:30 PM
Contact Info
212 769 5100

Olivier Messiaen: Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Books 1 and 7

Book 1
I. Le chocard des alpes (Alpine chough)
II. Le loriot (Golden oriole)
III. Le merle bleu (Blue rock thrush)

Book 7
XI. La buse variable (Buzzard)
XII. Le traquet rieur (Black wheatear)
XIII. Le courlis cendré (Curlew)

Additional Information

Taka Kigawa performs books 1 and 7 of Olivier Messiaen’s “Catalogue of Birds,” a reimagination of the songs of 77 French bird species in 13 movements. A lover of nature, Messiaen gathered bird songs in his travels and incorporated them in this massive oeuvre, so that birds flit in and out of the textures of his music.

Following the performance, the philosopher Simon Critchley and the museum ornithologist Paul Sweet will lead a discussion and Q&A.

FREE for members, or with museum admission. For reservations: Taka Kigawa - Catalogue d'Oiseaux Books 1 & 7 - April 22nd 6:30pm - American Museum of Natural History

*Reservations recommended; AMNH closes at 5:45 - if you arrive after 5:45, please use after-hours entrance-the Central Park West security desk, under the main entrance.

April 22 EarthFest at the AMNH official page by Onassis Foundation USA: EarthFest ar the American Museum of Natural History

The New York Times interview, August 27, 2017 - "The Pianist Taka Kigawa on Playing Messiaen's Bird Marathon"

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