Project Passenger Pigeon

Lessons from the Past for a Sustainable Future

pestelFlute performance by Michael Pestel for audience of one.

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Michael Pestel

For the past 18 years, artist and musician Michael Pestel has built environmental sculpture and archetectual sound installations related to bird song and bird extinction.

He has performed on flutes, contr’alto clarinet, piano, diverse hybrid and invented instruments, such as the Birdmachine and Birdrawingtable, in concert halls, art galleries, city streets, parks, aviaries and natural places throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia.

His focus over the past fifteen years on bird sound extends the spirit of Messiaen’s scored works into improvised and solo performances with live birds in aviaries and in the wild. He is Visiting Lecturer in Wesleyan University’s GLSP and a Senior Scholar at Chatham College.

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