Review: More than 20 years ago I told a friend about a song I would like to play at my funeral.
It was not a morbid conversation by any means, more understanding that I had discovered a poem I really loved and wanted to share.
The song was 1983 It must be the place (naive melody) By the American speaking band heads. This is one of their more accessible tracks, with simple, realistic words, far removed from the seemingly random words, composed of beloved songs from the late 1970s to the late 1980s.
So, to hear David Biran's talkers celebrate this particular song as part of his American solo tour of Wellington's TSB on Tuesday night, made the experience almost different.
* David Byrne, who brought the Utopia tour to New Zealand
* Wellington places are too expensive for British comedian Michael McIntyre
* Listening to Message: Bell and Sebastien / Mount Irish / David Byrne
This song was one of the many concert highlights that relied on the stage performance like the song, a satisfying jolt.
While the setlist contained a bunch of classic main talking, such as Once in a lifetime, through nowhere, burning the house and Slippery people Biran, 66, was not pleased with the "tours of retirement".
His willingness to try anything, and to cooperate openly in a spectacular range of artistic fields, makes him the most creative force of modern music.
The New Zealand kambra itself opened the show, setting the perfect tone, with a light tone (and I'm sorry, I hate to say it) that dictated X / Boomer's audience for what was to come. Her ripeness and confidence shone, with energetic singing and dancing reminiscent of Bjork and Lady Gaga.
Byrne went on stage alone, for his legendary concert concert in 1984 Stop doing it sense. Decades may have passed, but his commitment to the goal should be applauding – and it was. With full force and faith in the material of Biran and in the gray and dressed army of support artists – singers, dancers, percussionists – completely natures all aspects of the show.
An enthusiastic cyclist, Biran especially mentioned the trip to the oriental parade, before opening another energetic number.
The feature of the show is the constant movement of the musicians who are all standing during the show. Biran tells a story, tells about how many people do not believe that all the voices come from the staff on the stage. Then he demonstrates how the show works, with the gradual accumulation of instruments, from drums, to show that it is not smoke and the appearance of effort. It's world-class players doing what they do best.
Biran is a rare hybrid. Some nerd class, some TED talking, some showman, some crazy scientist. There is no other player like him.
Wellington's concert was Biran and his team's 139th concert this year (I hope I counted correctly). Let it sink. They have been in motion around the world since March. This cruel schedule could spill most of the musicians, but not Byrne and the other 11 on stage with him.
It is fresh, inspiring and honest and entertaining.
A tour of Dyer Byrne's American Utopia takes place at the Horenz Arena in Christchurch on Thursday and Oakland.
The world tour ends with four performances in Australia, and the last in Adelaide on 25 November. Byrne and his band had made a good profit by then.