2 Mar 2012

Paul Winter, composer of Flyways, named to receive Audubon award

By Audubon
Grammy-winning saxophonist Paul Winter will receive the John James Audubon Center Award for Art Inspiring Conservation (AIC), just prior to a special public concert by the Paul Winter Consort, on Saturday, April 21. His newest project, Flyways, is a musical celebration of the great bird migration from Africa through the Middle East to Eurasia interweaving the voices of the birds with indigenous music from the cultures over which they fly. Winter and the Great Rift Valley Orchestra will perform Flyways March 16 and 17 in New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. His sequel project, “Flyways of the Americas,” will be with BirdLife International under the coordination of Audubon (BirdLife in USA), and Music for the Earth. "This extraordinary project weaves the sounds of many cultures that share a great migratory pathways with millions of birds;" said John Hannan, Senior Director of Strategic Gifts for the Atlantic Flyway & Director of Development for Audubon in Connecticut; "Just as Audubon’s art inspired the creation of the National Audubon Society to protect birds, Paul's composition encourages us to soar with the birds and embrace the cultures, wildlife, and landscapes from Africa through the Middle East to Eurasia. I can't wait to hear Paul's next project, Flyways of the Americas." Winter describes Flyways at More about Audubon's Flyways Initiative