David Byrne is a singer, songwriter, musician, film director and producer, author, lecturer, photographer and visual artist. Born in Dumbarton, Scotland, he grew up in North America and was educated at art schools in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Since leaving the Talking Heads, the band he co-founded in the 1970s, Byrne has released nine solo studio albums, most recently “American Utopia.”
Founder of the influential Luaka Bop record label, which has showcased the music of artists from all over the world, Byrne has collaborated on songs and recordings with Brian Eno, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Gerald Casale, Anna Calvi, Celia Cruz, De La Soul, Dirty Projectors, Fatboy Slim, Selena, Mark Mothersbaugh, Morcheeba, St. Vincent, X-Press 2, Thievery Corporation, 10,000 Maniacs, Richard Thompson among many others.
For theater and dance, Byrne has written music for Twyla Tharp’s “The Catherine Wheel” (Broadway); “In Spite of Wishing and Wanting” for Wim Vandekeybus’s Belgian dance company, Ultima Vez; Robert Wilson’s “Civil Wars – The Knee Plays” and “The Forest” (BAM and elsewhere); and “Here Lies Love” and “Joan of Arc: Into the Fire”(both at The Public Theater).
David Byrne has been honored with an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy awards, along with Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Theatre World awards for his work in the New York theater.