Grammy®, Oscar® and Golden Globe winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoree David Byrne along with St. Vincent make their Segerstrom Center debuts in An Evening with David Byrne & St. Vincent on October 12 at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Their concert follows the release of their album Love This Giant. Recorded more than two years largely at Water Music in Hoboken, N.J., the album is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, with Byrne and St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) co-writing 10 of the album’s 12 tracks, and each artist penning one song individually. The album centers around an explosive brass band and is propelled by John Congleton’s drum programming (to download the album opener “Who,” visit http://www.lovethisgiant.com).
“There was no delineating what the roles were,” explains Clark of the recording. “It’s a collaboration I’m truly proud of.” The duo also split lyrical and vocal duties on the record, which despite eschewing a traditional guitar/bass/drums lineup in favor of idiosyncratic horn arrangements, presents itself as infectious and modern hook-laden rock.
David Byrne was a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads. He has collaborated with such noted artists as Brian Eno, choreographer Twyla Tharp (for her ballet The Catherine Wheel) and with Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus’s dance company Ultima Vez. His music has also been heard in numerous movie soundtracks, including Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor, True Stories, and Something Wild. Byrne also worked with Fatboy Slim on a disco opera titled Here Lies Love about the life of Imelda Marcos. In addition to his concert tours and contributions to five AIDS benefit compilation albums produced by the Red Hot Organization, he has his own Internet radio station, Radio David Byrne. Each month, Byrne posts a playlist of music he likes, linked by themes or genres.
St. Vincent began her music career as a member of The Polyphonic Spree and was also part of Sufjan Stevens’ touring band before forming her own band in 2006. Her debut album, Marry Me, was released to critical acclaim, followed by Actor, which charted in the top 10 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and was No. 5 on the Tastemaker Albums Chart, and Strange Mercy. She has been nominated for three PLUG Independent Music Awards: New Artist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year (which she subsequently won) and Music Video of the Year.
An Evening with David Byrne & St. Vincent
Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Friday, October 12, 2012 at 8 p.m.
for tickets, call (714) 556-2787 or visit http://www.SCFTA.org