poster for Improvisatory Duets


The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present faculty member Bob Gluck and guest artist David Rothenberg in a concert of Improvisatory Duets on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. The clarinetist joins the UAlbany pianist/electronic musician to craft a series of improvisations on piano, clarinets and electronics along with nature sounds.

Both performers share an interest in the relationship between music and nature and between improvisation from tradition to experimentation using ancient acoustic instruments to imagined instruments of the future. They have both also written extensively on these connections. This concert marks the first time they have performed together.

David Rothenberg is a composer and jazz clarinetist, writer and philosopher with a special interest in making music across species lines, with birds, whales and bugs. Among his numerous recordings are collaborations with Marilyn Crispell (on ECM), Scanner, and with Pauline Oliveros and Timothy Hill. Rothenberg is author of Why Birds Sing, Thousand Mile SongBug Music (book and recording) and Nightingales in Berlin (book, recording and film). Rothenberg is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  

Bob Gluck is a pianist, electronic musician and writer. Among his ten recordings is “Infinite Spirit: Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band” (FMR, 2016) with Billy Hart and Eddie Henderson. His books include You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi BandThe Miles Davis Lost Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles and The Musical World of Paul Winter. Musical collaborators have included Michael Bisio, Jane Ira Bloom, Joe Giardullo, Aruan Ortiz, Neil Rolnick, Andrew Sterman and Dean Sharp. Gluck is Professor of Music at the University at Albany. 

Advance tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.