David Byrne co-founded the band Talking Heads in the mid 70s and created the highly regarded record label Luaka Bop. Recent work includes: Contemporary Color, an event inspired by the phenomenon of color guard performed at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre (2015); Here Lies Love, a 22-song theatrical production about the life of Imelda Marcos authored in collaboration with Fatboy Slim that premiered at New York’s Public Theater (2013), traveled to London’s National Theatre for a sold out run (2014-2015), and will be re-mounted at the Seattle Repertory Theater (2017); Love This Giant, a studio album and worldwide tour created in collaboration with St. Vincent (2012); How Music Works, a book about how music is shaped by various contexts (2012); and Playing the Building, an interactive sound installation exhibited internationally at venues in Stockholm, New York, London, and Minneapolis (2005-2012).
Recognition of David Byrne’s work includes an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Grammy for his soundtrack for the 1987 film The Last Emperor, and three Drama Desk Awards, five Lucille Lortel Awards, an OBIE Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and two Theatre World Awards for Here Lies Love. Upcoming work includes a musical about Joan of Arc to premiere at the Public Theater in March 2017. He regularly writes about society, culture, and all the other things on his mind at his website www.davidbyrne.com.