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Legendary Musician/Artist David Byrne Speaking at McNally Smith in September

McNally Smith College of Music is proud to sponsor 89.3 The Current’s presentation of an evening with David Byrne at the History Theatre on McNally Smith’s St. Paul campus Friday, September 14. Byrne — best known as cofounder and principal songwriter of groundbreaking band Talking Heads — will sit down with The Current’s Steve Seel for a thoughtful discussion centered on his new book, How Music Works; which touches on the joy, the physics and the business of music making. In the book, Byrne becomes historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, searching for patterns—and showing how those patterns have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators, from Brian Eno to Caetano Veloso.

McNally Smith has long stressed the importance of owning a broad skill set as well as a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial mindset in addition to musical aptitude. McNally Smith President Harry Chalmiers is especially ecstatic about Byrne’s visit, as the 60-year-old Renaissance man (Byrne is a musician, author, visual artist, and label owner) is the very embodiment of these virtues and a true pioneer of the creative class.

“Our future is dependent on creative and proactive young people, not afraid to take risks, and well prepared with sharply honed skills,” says Chalmiers. “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 Bryne constantly demonstrates in his thinking, his music and his new book.”

$10 general admission tickets are available for this intimate engagement in limited supply at The Byrne’s visit to McNally Smith takes place one day before he kicks off a month-long tour with fellow singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist St. Vincent at the State Theater in Minneapolis (the duo are supporting their new record, “Love This Giant“). Byrne is a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and the recipient of numerous awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. He is also the author of 2010’s memoir/travelogue, The Bicycle Diaries.

DETAILS: September 14, 89.3 The Current Presents David Byrne in Conversation with Steve Seel on How Music Works. 6:00 doors/7:00 discussion, History Theatre on the McNally Smith College of Music Campus, St.Paul, MN 55101. Copies of David Byrne’s new book How Music Works will be available for purchase on site. Sponsored by McNally Smith College of Music.