David Byrne to hold How Music Works discussion at McNally Smith in September

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In addition to David Byrne's highly anticipated performance with St. Vincent at the State Theatre on September 15, the celebrated former Talking Heads frontman will also take part in a live discussion about his new book, How Music Works, with the Current's Steve Seel at the History Theatre on the campus of the McNally Smith College of Music on September 14.

Byrne has always been an intriguing, provocative artist, who has flourished not only as a musician, but as a visual artist, author, and record label owner as well. This event should give his fans an intimate glimpse into not only how he approaches his own creative musical process, but it will also explore the links between his work and those of other artists and musicians Byrne has admired (and collaborated with) over the years.

An extremely limited number of tickets are now available at the Current's website. Doors to McNally Smith's History Theatre will open at 6 p.m. on September 14, and the discussion is scheduled to run from 7 to 8 that evening.

How Music Works is being published by the good people at McSweeney's (who also published his eclectic collection of drawings and diagrams, Arboretum), and is due out on September 12, just two days before the scheduled discussion. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the History Theatre on the night of the event, and can also be pre-ordered at the McSweeney's site.

In addition to the discussion with Seel, Byrne will also take part in a short Q&A with the audience members to close out the night, giving fans a chance to interact with Byrne about music and what it means to him. According to McSweeney's, How Music Works finds Byrne examining: "How profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and how the advent of recording technology forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music. Acting as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, he searches for patterns--and tells us how they have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators."

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McNally Smith President Harry Chalmiers had this to say about how David Byrne's illustrious and inventive musical career could serve as an inspiration to his current students: "Our future is dependent on creative and proactive young people, not afraid to take risks, and well prepared with sharply honed skills. Byrne's boundless curiosity, paired with his innovative DIY work ethic, sets a shining example of what can be achieved in today's music industry. In the digital era and during tough economic times like these, adaptability is key as long as an artistic vision remains in place -- like the one Byrne constantly demonstrates in his thinking, his music and his new book."

This conversation in St. Paul is the first scheduled discussion as part of Byrne's short 12-stop book tour in conjunction with his current run of shows with St. Vincent (Annie Clark). Byrne is also scheduled to discuss his book with other musical luminaries like Trent Reznor in Los Angeles on October 14, and Carrie Brownstein in Portland on October 19.

Twin Cities music fans are truly lucky that Byrne is set to entertain us two nights in a row in mid-September, and this event should prove to be an insightful, engaging discussion between David Byrne and Steve Seel about the uplifting power and compelling potency that music has over us all.


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