Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Concert by David Byrne

By Natasa Tepavcevic

Belgrade, July 10, (Serbia Today) – For the third time Belgrade was privileged to host David Byrne. On July 8 in “Sava Centar” legendary David Byrne performed a wonderful concert, organized by “Sava Centar” and “Avalon Production from Skoplje”. This concert is part of his tour “Songs of David Byrne and Briana Enoa”.
Byrne performed the songs like: “My life in the bush of Ghosts” and “Everything that happened will happen today” (the album “Everything That Happen will Happen Today” can be listened for free at: http://www.everythingthathappens.com.), as well as the best songs of Talking Heads. Every song was followed by choreography performed by three performers. Beside that, Byrne had three back vocals. The concert outlasted more than two hours and Byrne returned on the stage three times. Audience was dancing and singing all the time. The culmination of energy was during the hits of Talking Heads: “Road to Nowhere" and "Burning Down the House". Concert of David Byrne was a real multimedia spectacle! Everyone who was there will remember this event for whole life.
These days in Belgrade, Byrne will also have a promotion of his new book: “Bicycle Diaries”. This book is published by “Geopoetika” and translated by Borivoje Gerzic. The book is full of images from Byrne’s bicycles trips, more than 120 illustrations. The author advocates bicycle transportation for the future in the big cities. David Byrne is also designer of bicycle’s station.
He is also a visual artist, and has shown his work in contemporary art galleries and museums around the world since the 1990s. He has also created a number of public art installations, many of them anonymous. He is represented by Pace/MacGill Gallery, NYC. In 2008 he designed nine bike racks around Brooklyn and Manhattan: "David Byrne bike racks".
Byrne also appeared as a guest vocalist/guitarist for “10,000 Maniacs” during their MTV Unplugged concert, though the songs in which he is featured were cut from their album. One of them, "Let the Mystery Be", appeared as the fourth track on “10,000 Maniacs” CD single "Few and Far Between".
He worked with "Queen of Tex-Mex", Tejano superstar diva Selena, writing, producing and singing a song ("God's Child (Baila Conmigo)"), included on Selena's last album, "Dreaming of You" before Selena's untimely death.
In late 2003, Byrne released a book with a companion DVD called Envisioning Emotional Epistemological Information (ISBN 3-88243-907-6). The work included artwork composed entirely in Microsoft PowerPoint.
In 2005, Byrne initiated his own internet radio station, Radio David Byrne. Byrne has released a number of studio albums as well as scores and soundtracks, live albums, a remix album, and several singles. His main studio albums include: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (with Brian Eno) (1981); Rei Momo (1989); The Forest (1991); Uh-Oh (1992); David Byrne (1994); Feelings (1997); Look into the Eyeball (2001); Grown Backwards (2004); Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (with Brian Eno) (2008).

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