The singer, guitarist and leader of Talking Heads turns 70

This Saturday he turns 70 David Byrnesinger, guitarist and leader of talking headsmultimedia artist, composer and writer.

From his posts, we commend you «bike diaries«, on urban planning and his experience as a cyclist, and «How music works», an entertaining text on creation and the recording industry.

Byrne’s last visit was with his acclaimed show american utopia at Lollapalooza Chile 2018.

When I was a child David Byrne he moved with his Scottish parents to Canada and then to the United States.

While attending the Rhode Island School of Design in the mid-1970s, he co-founded the group talking headswhere he served as lead singer and guitarist.

Identified with the punk and new wave movements, the band released their debut album, Talking Heads ’77in 1977.

Other releases followed, including Remain in Light (1980), Speaking in Tongues (1983), and the concert-movie soundtrack Stop Making Sense (1984), which reflected the interest of Byrne in experimental pop and African rhythms.

after releasing the album nude (1988), the group disbanded.

Even at the height of Talking Heads popularity, Byrne he continued to investigate other creative projects.

always innovating

During a band hiatus in the early 1980s, he wrote the score for The Catherine Wheel (1981) for the choreographer Twyla Tharp and collaborated with brian eno in the album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1981), an innovative collage of rhythms and voice samples.

Byrne subsequently wrote and directed the offbeat film True Stories (1986), and his contributions to the score of The Last Emperor (1987) earned him an Academy Award.

Also during the 1980s, he provided music for two plays by director Robert Wilson.

As a means of introducing American audiences to different varieties of world music, Byrne created Luaka Bop Records in 1988.

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multifaceted career

His solo musical career began in earnest with King Momo (1989), based on Afro-Latin styles; other solo releases include uh-oh (1992), Feelings (1997) and Grown Backwards (2004).

In addition, he collaborated again with Eno on the gospel-inspired album, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008) and with singer-songwriter St. Vincent in Love This Giant (2012).

In the XXI century, Byrne continued to work in film and theater, especially in a team with the electronic music DJ Fat Boy Slim to create Here Lies Lovea musical album about the life of the iconic Philippine politician Imelda Marcos.

During the show’s development, her songs were recorded and released on an album (2010); its stage premiere came in 2013.

Throughout his career, Byrne produced and exhibited works of art, and published several books, including Bicycle Diaries (2009) and How Music Works (2012).

In 2018 he launched a website and lecture series titled Reasons to be cheerful (named after a song by Ian Dury), in which he listed hopeful developments in recent history.

Also that same year he released american utopiawhere he again teamed up with Eno.

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