NEW YORK (June 24, 2022)—Today Volume II of “For the Birds: The Birdsong Project” was released on digital streaming platforms. First announced in May with the Volume I release, “For the Birds: The Birdsong Project” is a historic and unprecedented outpouring of creativity by more than 220 music artists, actors, literary figures, and visual artists. In total, it includes 174 original pieces of music, more than 70 poems, and 20 original album covers, all inspired by the joy of birds and the desire to protect them. All proceeds benefit the National Audubon Society. A full list of artists and project background is available at www.Audubon.org/birdsong-project.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma today released a video performance of “In the Gale,” composed by Anna Clyne. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/cEavsIoMxn8

“The music of ‘The Birdsong Project’ is a reminder that we are part of nature, that the survival of life on planet earth — from trees to birds to humans — cannot be separated from the health of the planet,” said Yo-Yo Ma.  

Listen to/share selections from Volume II here:

Audubon Chief Conservation Officer Marshall Johnson, who is currently appearing on IMAX screens nationwide in the “Wings Over Water” documentary film narrated by Michael Keaton, said:

“Birds provide the soundtrack for our experience in nature. And now, we have all these wonderful artists coming alongside the birds to celebrate them and extend a helping hand. Birds are for everyone, and they have a lot to tell us. I hope that The Birdsong Project inspires more people to discover the joy of birds, and I believe it will.”

For the Birds: The Birdsong Project” is the undertaking of Grammy Award-winning music supervisor Randall Poster of Premier Music Group, who became much more aware of birds and the birdsong around him while staying at home in New York City during the early days of COVID-19. The project was further inspired by the idea to celebrate birdsong from his friend and album Executive Producer Rebecca Reagan, who brought a grand creative vision and wisdom to the project. Poster quickly learned that while two-thirds of North American bird species are threatened by climate change and more than one in four North American birds have disappeared since 1970, conservation efforts can help the majority of bird populations recover. He began reaching out to artists to help create a benefit album and reached out to Audubon board member and actor Lili Taylor (Outer Range,” “The Conjuring”) to discuss partnership with Audubon.

“We're going to engage generations of people in the most joyful, gracious way possible: through birdsong,” said Poster. It’s key that we bring awareness to this cause by enlisting the biggest names in music and entertainment, and I am so grateful to be partnering with The National Audubon Society to do so. Partnership is the key to protecting and conserving the natural world we all love and share.”

Many other organizations are engaged as partners in The Birdsong Project. Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s “For the Birds” (presented by Warby Parker) is a multidisciplinary exhibition and program series running June 11 to October 23, featuring a garden-wide installation of artist-made birdhouses, a gallery exhibit by Taryn Simon, a soundbath featuring Alex Somers, weekly birding tours, workshops for kids, evening events, and more. Birdlife International, a global conservation and scientific partnership, will host a Birdsong Project concert at its centennial celebration in London this September (Audubon is a member and co-founder of BirdLife). Bird Collective has designed an apparel collection for The Birdsong Project. Many other cultural institutions, gardens, and conservation organizations are also developing events and activities for summer 2022 and beyond.

For a full list of artists and more and to stream the collection, visit: 

www.Audubon.org/birdsong-project 

For interview requests and additional information, please contact: david.ringer@greenjaystrategies.com, 917-727-2131

For visuals for media purposes, visit: https://nationalaudubon.app.box.com/s/bxct6h7oqo1dlp99508kl2iqye0j9cyq 

About National Audubon Society 

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubons state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubons vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at www.audubon.org and @audubonsociety.

About Randall Poster

Randall Poster is one of the most highly sought-after music supervisors in the film and television industries. Over the last three decades, he has bolstered the work of some of the world’s most innovative film directors.

In 1996, Poster produced the soundtrack for Larry Clark’s groundbreaking film KIDS, a foray into music supervision that led to high-profile collaborations in independent and commercial cinema. His selective, distinctive ear has been essential to the musical identities of critically acclaimed films including SCHOOL OF ROCK (Richard Linklater), COUNTRY STRONG (Shana Feste), MEET THE PARENTS (Jay Roach), THE HANGOVER PARTS I, II and III (Todd Phillips), and VELVET GOLDMINE (Todd Haynes). Poster has also lent his skills and musical insights to the works of directors Sam Mendes, Olivia Wilde, Danny Boyle, Karyn Kusama, Antonio Campos, Kevin Smith, Harmony Korine, and Sean Penn.

Poster has been an essential participant in shaping the unique aesthetic of all of Wes Anderson’s films; supervising the scores and soundtracks from 1998’s RUSHMORE to 2014’s GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, to the upcoming ASTEROID CITY. Poster has also developed musical identities for many of Martin Scorsese’s biggest recent projects, including films HUGO, THE AVIATOR, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, and the hit HBO series BOARDWALK EMPIRE and VINYL. In 2011, Poster’s work on the BOARDWALK EMPIRE soundtrack earned him a GRAMMY Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack. Poster won a second GRAMMY for his role in producing the soundtrack to THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Poster is currently at work on Mr. Scorsese’s KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON.

Recent projects of note include THE FRENCH DISPATCH, THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT, TIGER KING, ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI, THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME, PRETEND IT'S A CITY, and Questlove’s Academy Award-winning, feature documentary debut, SUMMER OF SOUL (...OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED).

Poster’s work will soon be heard in Olivia Wilde’s DON’T WORRY DARLING, Scott Cooper’s PALE BLUE EYE, and new films by Sam Mendes, Davis Guggenheim, and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky.

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