David Byrne Announces American Utopia
Today, David Byrne announced his forthcoming solo record, American Utopia, during a presentation of “Reasons To Be Cheerful,” an ongoing series curated by Byrne of hopeful writings, photos, music, and lectures. The presentation was given at New York’s New School to a live audience, as well as live-streamed via his Facebook page. American Utopia will be released March 9, 2018, Todomundo/Nonesuch Records, accompanied by a world tour that will bring a choreographed concert that Byrne has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.” Tour information to date is below, with extensive additional dates to be announced soon. The album track “Everybody’s Coming To My House”— co-written with Brian Eno, featuring contributions from TTY, Happa Isaiah Barr (Onyx Collective), Mercury Prize winner Sampha, and others—also was released. The song is available to download instantly with pre-orders of American Utopia on iTunes and at nonesuch.com. Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive print facsimile of an early handwritten lyric sheet to the song.
While David Byrne has collaborated on joint releases with Eno, Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim), and most recently St. Vincent over the past decade, American Utopia is Byrne’s first solo album since, 2004’s Grown Backwards, also on Nonesuch. American Utopia morphed during the writing and recording process, beginning with longtime collaborator Eno, and eventually growing to include collaboration with producer Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, King Krule, Sampha, Savages) alongside a diverse cast of creative contributors including Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Jam City, Thomas Bartlett (St. Vincent producer, aka Doveman), Jack Peñate, and others. The album was recorded in New York City at David’s home studio, Reservoir Studios, Oscilloscope, XL Studios, and Crowdspacer Studio and in London at Livingston Studio 1.
2018 Tour Dates (More to Come):
3/3/2018 -Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre SOLD OUT
3/4/2018 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts SOLD OUT
3/6/2018 – Buffalo, NY – Center For The Arts SOLD OUT
3/7/2018 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Theatre SOLD OUT
3/9/2018 – Waterbury, CT – Palace Theater SOLD OUT
3/10/2018 – Kingston, NY – Ulster Performing Arts Center SOLD OUT
3/16/2018 – Santiago, CHI – Lollapalooza (Chile)
3/18/2018 – Buenos Aires, ARG – Lollapalooza (Argentina)
3/24/2018 – Sao Paulo, BRA – Lollapalooza (Brazil)
4/7/2018 – Guadalajara, MEX – Sonico Festival
4/14/2018 – Indio, CA – Coachella
4/21/2018 – Indio, CA – Coachella
5/4 – 5/6/2018 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees
6/22-23/2018 – Prague, Czech Republic – Metronome Festival
6/25/2018 – Zagreb, Croatia – INmusic Festival
6/30 – 7/1/2018 – Ewijk, Netherlands – Down The Rabbit Hole
6/30 – 7/7/2018 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
7/5/2018 – Gdynia, Poland – Open’er Festival
7/11/2018 – Oeiras, Portugal – Cool Jazz Festival
7/13/2018 – Bilbao, Spain – Bilbao BBK Live Festival
7/13-14/2018 – Barcelona, Spain – Cruilla Barcelona
7/19/2018 – Ravenna, Italy – Ravenna Festival
7/20/2018 – Perugia, Italy – Umbria Jazz Festival
7/21/2018 – Trieste, Italy – Piazza UNita
7/27/2018 – Camden ,NJ – XPoNential Music Festival
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