David Byrne and St. Vincent Play Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 10/12
Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoree David Byrne and St. Vincent will play Segerstrom Center for the Arts October 12 at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall during the pair's highly anticipated fall tour to support their soon-to-be-released album, Love This Giant.
Tickets to see David Byrne & St. Vincent start at $35 and will go on sale Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m. PST. They will be available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746.
David Byrne & St. Vincent's album, Love This Giant, will be released worldwide September 11, 2012 by 4AD under exclusive license from Byrne's label Todo Mundo. Recorded over two years largely at Water Music in Hoboken, N.J., the album is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, with Byrne and St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) co-writing 10 of the album's 12 tracks, and each artist penning one song individually. The album centers around an explosive brass band and is propelled by John Congleton's drum programming. To download the album opener "Who" go to: www.lovethisgiant.com.
"We'll be doing these songs and a bunch of songs that we suspect people will know, with a group that includes eight brass players, a keyboardist and a drummer," says Byrne of the upcoming tour.
"There was no delineating what the roles were," explains Clark of the recording. "It's a collaboration I'm truly proud of." The duo also split lyrical and vocal duties on the record, which despite eschewing a traditional guitar/bass/drums lineup in favor of idiosyncratic horn arrangements, presents itself as infectious and modern hook-laden rock.
Byrne and Clark met in 2009 at the Dark Was the Night benefit at Radio City Music Hall and were approached shortly after by the Housing Works Bookstore to collaborate on a night of music. They began composing remotely, trading song ideas and structures online while Clark toured and it quickly became apparent that they had more than just one night of music in them. Byrne performed witH Clark at her American Songbook show at Lincoln Center in 2010, and Clark contributed vocals to Byrne's Here Lies Love album, released the same year.
David Byrne was a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads. He has collaborated with such noted artists as Brian Eno, choreographer Twyla Tharp for her ballet The Catherine Wheel and with Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus's dance company Ultima Vez. His music has also been heard in numerous movie soundtracks, including Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, True Stories, Something Wild with Celia Cruz and Young Adam. Byrne worked with Fatboy Slim on a disco opera titled Here Lies Love about the life of Imelda Marcos. In addition to his concert tours and contributions to five AIDS benefit compilation albums produced by the Red Hot Organization, he has his own Internet radio station, Radio David Byrne. Each month, Byrne posts a playlist of music he likes, linked by themes or genres.
St. Vincent began her music career as a member of The Polyphonic Spree and was also part of Sufjan Stevens' touring band before forming her own band in 2006. Her debut album, Marry Me, was released to critical acclaim, followed by Actor, which charted in the top 10 on Billboard's Independent Albums Chart and was No. 5 on the Tastemaker Albums Chart, and Strange Mercy. She has been nominated for three PLUG Independent Music Awards: New Artist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year (which she subsequently won) and Music Video of the Year.
The Center presents a broad range of programming each season for audiences of all ages from throughout Orange County and beyond, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events. It offers many education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. These programs reach hundreds of thousands of students of all ages with vital arts-in-education programs, enhancing their studies and enriching their lives well into the future.
In addition to the presenting and producing institution Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the 14-acre campus also embraces the facilities of two independent acclaimed organizations: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region's major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale,who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
David Byrne & St. Vincent will play Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 8 p.m. The hall is located at 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Calif.