Human/Avian Collaborations


Listen to a program full of music that actually employs birdsongs, in all sorts of human-avian collaborations. (With the exception of a human chorus and a chorus imitating the sound of birds on Eric Whitacre’s “Little Birds,” that is.) Hear a big band post-jazz, post-minimalist work by John Hollenbeck, featuring the voice of Theo Bleckmann, and birds. Then, there’s the concerto for orchestra and birds on tape, “Cantus Arcticus” by the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. Plus, hear music from producer Chris Hughes, his “Slow Motion Blackbird,” and music by trumpeter/composer/sound artist Chris Kallmyer for the Los Angeles-based new music ensemble wild Up, and more.

PROGRAM #3618   Human/Avian Collaborations (First aired on 7/16/2014)  





Eric Whitacre

Brigham Young University Choirs and Eric Whitacre 2

Little Birds (text by Octavio Paz) [3:17]

John Hollenbeck & Jazz Big Band Graz, feat. Theo Bleckmann

Joys & Desires

The Bird With The Coppery, Keen Claws (text by Wallace Stevens) [6:08]

Intuition #33862

wild Up

Feather & Stone

Chris Kallmyer: This Nest, swift passarene [6:58]

Populist Records

Leif Segerstam, conductor; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Concerto for Birds and Orchestra, "Cantus Arcticus"

Einojuhani Rautavaara : Concerto for Birds and Orchestra, "Cantus Arcticus" [19:19]

Ondine 1079

Chris Hughes


Slow Motion Blackbird [5:47]

Reissue of Helium Records
HeCD002 on Decca #: 001562402  
Available as an import via

Brian Eno

Ambient 4: On Land

Unfamiliar Wind (Leeks Hills) [5:24]

E.G. # 20 , reissued by Astralwerks Available at