Ian Nagoski - Ecstatic & Wingless

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Ian Nagoski - Ecstatic & Wingless

Early 20th Century Bird Recordings & Bird-Imitation on Four Continents - A presentation by Ian Nagoski

Sun May 15 7pm
$8, $6 mbrs | +$3 day of show

Ecstatic & Wingless is an audio documentary project on the impact of birdsong on human performance - and conversely, our impact on birdsong. Ian will tell the story, not only of the first recordings of cagebirds, but also the practice of bird-imitation, a field that produced amazing and eccentric celebrities during the 1910s - '20s. Rarely heard in recent years, bird imitation was also recorded commercially on every continent by 1925 and possibly predates music or language in human history. 

Music researcher Ian Nagoski has previously explored the porous boundaries of culture through 78rpm records of immigrants from collapsing European and Near Eastern empires as they arrived in the U.S. in early 20th century, and in the process, learned the stories of great, forgotten performers. With Ecstatic & Wingless, he has opened his exploration to the world of vaudevillians and bird-fanciers, of canaries, nightingales, finches, and the people who studied them, poeticized them, and tried to be them.

7pm | $8, $6 mbrs | +$3 day of show

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