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Common Potoo with Nancy Rumbel

An uncommonly fine duet!

The Common Potoo is a nocturnal bird of Central and South America, known for its camouflage plumage and upright perching. Nancy Rumbel, who composed the theme music for BirdNote, improvises here with the call of the Common Potoo. Using the pentatonic scale of the potoo, Nancy responds with her ocarina. Be sure to listen to the longer version. And you can also catch a video of a potoo. Did you enjoy this show? Please leave a comment below! Thanks.

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Common Potoo, with Nancy Rumbel
Featuring Nancy Rumbel

This is BirdNote!

[call of the Common Potoo]

….the Common Potoo, a nocturnal bird of tropical Central and South America…

[call of the Common Potoo]

What does musician Nancy Rumbel, who composed the theme music for BirdNote, hear in the call of the Common Potoo?  [call of the Common Potoo]  Using the same pentatonic scale, she responds with her ocarina.

[Potoo and Ocarina]

FC Version 1. Here she adds piano.  [piano, Potoo and Ocarina]  
FC Version 2.   Here she adds piano and strings [add cello]

Nancy: Often, I will make sketches before I will create a longer composition, so perhaps the Common Potoo song might someday develop itself into a longer piece of music.

[Full mix]

To hear more, come to

Call of the Common Potoo  provided by The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.  Recorded by P.P. Kellogg.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2014 Tune In to     July 2014     Narrator: Frank Corrado

ID# potoowithnrumbel-01-2008-06-06-         potoowithnrumbel-01

Nancy Rumbel is part of the Grammy-award-winning duo Tingstad and Rumbel.

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