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"