9 November, 2022Print
For The Birds: The Birdsong Project Inspires Limited-Edition Poster Art Prints By Shepard Fairey, Benefitting The National Audubon Society
BIRDSONG PROJECT’S CULTURAL RESONANCE CONTINUES WITH NEW LYRIC VIDEO FROM FILMMAKER MAX JOSEPH, READ BY LARRY SLOMAN AND MUSIC FROM BEACH HOUSE, AUDIO PARTNERSHIP WITH CALM, AND EXCLUSIVE MERCH FROM MOLLUSK SURF SHOP
November 9, 2022---For the Birds: The Birdsong Project---the new sweeping collection of 242 recordings by leading artists inspired by birdsong—continues to inspire artists and partners with its mission to celebrate birdsong and support the conservation of birds and their habitats. In a collaboration with renowned street artist Shepard Fairey (creator of the iconic “Hope” portrait of President Obama),The Birdsong Project has announced an exclusive print. Only 450 limited-edition prints will be available for purchase.
“I'm concerned about the health of our planet, and I'm very aware that declining bird populations are an early indication of serious ecological problems on the horizon,” said Shepard Fairey. “I also love birds and don't want to see Rachel Carson's warning from "Silent Spring" of a future without birds come to pass. My print The Birdsong Project (Another Day In the Coal Mine) is a scene of sun, flowers, and a Summer Tanager, a beautiful red bird that was once extremely common but has seen a concerning decline in its population. My print is a vision of what we almost all find beautiful but can no longer take for granted. I don't want this print to be a nostalgic picture of a romantic time that once was. Let's protect the birds for our time and the future of the planet!”
Print details: Birdsong Project. 18 x 24 inches. Screen print on thick cream Speckletone paper. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 450. Comes with a Digital Certificate of Authenticity provided by Verisart. $75. Proceeds go to The Birdsong Project. Available on Thursday, November 10th @ 10 AM PDT at https://store.obeygiant.com. Max order: 1 per customer/household. International customers are responsible for import fees due upon delivery (Except UK). ALL SALES FINAL.
The Birdsong Project has also announced the release of a new lyric video for the poem 136 Syllables at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center originally written by Allen Ginsburg and read by author Larry “Ratso” Sloman with music by Beach House. The video was created by filmmaker Max Joseph (Catfish, Nobody’s Fool), and features a collection of landscapes and shots of nature including snow covered mountain tops, waterfalls and trees filled with birds. Listen/Watch 136 Syllables at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH3p7IaKbGM
A partnership with leading mindfulness and meditation app Calm brings a new release entitled Sound Bath Hummingbirds, available now on the Calm app. The eight-track audio release was composed by musician/vocalist WATA, a West African and Black American violinist, singer, songwriter and compositionist. WATA self-recorded the tracks while in an Airbnb in Istanbul. Her compositions are ethereal soundscapes that unify ancient sound traditions with innovative modern lyricism and alternative arrangements. Her vocals are inspired by nature — especially the rhythms of water and she taps into the collective consciousness and imbues it with the healing power of sound. This is WATA’s second drop for the Calm app, with her first being a year-long partnership to compose monthly Astrological-inspired sound baths for the new moon in 2021. Just last week on November 3, Calm hosted an event to support the release at Debs Park. Partners included the Audubon Society, Floating, and The Birdsong Project. Listen to Sound Bath Hummingbirds HERE.
Composer WATA said, “When asked to compose a track for The Birdsong Project, I was excited for the opportunity to learn the language of the birds. I listened to field recordings of various hummingbird species and mimicked the cadence, tone, and rhythm of their songs with my voice. This track is a love letter to nature and a study of her creations.”