Making Music With The Wild Things with Paul Winter

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A pioneer of integrating animal calls and instrumental music, Paul Winter combines environmental sensitivity and artistic freedom with exquisite ingenuity and skill. This conversation is richly enlivened with samples of the music for which he is known, an astounding variety of new pieces he has collected from around the world, and first-hand stories of the creative adventures behind the compositions. We hear of his afternoon on a ridge in the northern Rocky Mountains, his experience kayaking with a saxophone among whales in British Columbia, and some surprise moments recorded in the wild and in Spain. "We're aspiring," he says, "toward music that will celebrate the cultures and creatures of the Earth." (hosted by Michael Toms)


The Paul Winter Consort produced "Icarus," the New Dimensions theme music.

His albums include the Grammy Award-winning albums: 

  • Spanish Angel
  • Prayer for the Wild Things
  • Earth: Voices of the Planet

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • The philosophy and purpose behind his music
  • Using music as a travel memento, instead of photos or souvenirs
  • The story of kayaking with a saxophone and orcas in British Columbia
  • The "Bel Canto" recordings of humpback whale songs in the '60s
  • The first time he encountered whales
  • How it feels to be approached by a whale
  • His journey in Spain and current musical developments there
  • Information about elephant voices and the ivory situation
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 4/17/1994       Program Number: 2458