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Published on January 18th, 2018 | by Landon Buford

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AT&T Performing Arts Center and AEG Presents Announce DAVID BYRNE April 24, 2018

 

AT&T PAC

The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center and AEG Presents announced today that tickets for David Byrne will go on sale Friday, January 19 at 10 a.m. Founding member, principal songwriter and lead singer and guitarist of the American new wave band Talking Heads, David Byrne, will perform for one-night time-only at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Winspear Opera House in the downtown Dallas Arts District.

Ticket prices for David Byrne range from $175.00 – $54.75 and can be purchased, beginning January 19 at 10 a.m., online at www.attpac.org, or by phone at 214-880-0202, or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House Box Office at 2403 Flora Street. The Box Office will open 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and before performances – closed Saturdays and Sundays.

I was born in Dumbarton, Scotland. It was what was called a breech birth – which often means butt first… which was probably exceedingly difficult for my mother and may have been indicative of a bad attitude on my share. I was there, but I don’t remember.

I wanted to be capable to study both art and engineering—as I saw creativity in both areas—but that didn’t seem possible, so I went to art school in Baltimore and Rhode Island. There I met people with backgrounds very different than mine. Very different class, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. This was altogether new and hard to understand at first. I made music at the same time I was at art school, but not having training, I never looked at it as a career. For a while I wore old suits and had a beard—local children in Baltimore asked if I was “one of those people who didn’t ride in automobiles.” I hitchhiked around the U.S., stayed in a commune and busked for money… but eventually, I came back East, discovered I could write songs, and with some friends we met at art school events and parties. I moved to NY with some wild art-related ideas—one was a sort of rating system for the arts influenced by the books on cybernetics and systems theory that I was studying. I reconnected with my friends and we auditioned at a local club meeting our own songs. A handful of people liked us, and so we got to it and surprisingly soon we were playing our music all over the world. I still behave this from time to time, it’s hugely enjoyable. I have been lucky to be able to do these things.

Though music took up much of my time for many years, I eventually went back to re-engage with the visual side of things—directing some films and making picture books, art, and installations. I lived in L.A. for a while but now spend most of my time in NY. I began riding a bicycle as a way of getting around, and I wrote a book using those experiences as a way to talk about the things I saw. I made some custom bike racks for NY, for BAM, and for Stanford University. We need places to lock up.

 

I then wrote a book about music, or rather the contexts that shape and affect music. I love working with other people. Though there are sometimes forks in the road, for the most part the convoluted path is worth it as together collaborators often end up somewhere neither expected. I wrote two musicals about powerful women—Imelda Marcos and Joan of Arc. When it works, a song can express a character’s inner feelings in ways that go beyond words. Songs help us understand things in a different way. There have been collaborations with Robert Wilson, Twyla Tharp, St. Vincent, Fatboy Slim, De La Soul, and Brian Eno. Recently I conceived and presented a show that brought together ten musical acts and ten color guard teams.

Now I’ve made a record that just has my name on it but is also the result of the contributions of many other people. I suspect that like me it is asking what are we like, what do we want, and what are we looking for David Byrne.

 


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Washington State Graduate Past Interviews include Grammy Award Winner Kenny G, David Banner, WNBA President Lisa Borders, What's Trending's CEO Shira Lazar, Ice Cube, NBC's Chicago PD LaRoyce Hawkins, Family Matters Darius McCrary, En Vogues Maxine Jones, Team USA Track & Field Member Norris Frederick, James Kyson, WNBA Great Lauren Jackson, and more.


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