The last time David Byrne, his band and a troop of dancers performed at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts, I scrawled a note in my journal after filing my review and returning home.
"One of the 10 best shows, no question," I gushed to no one but myself. I stand by that assessment, and fully expect to scrawl something similar when Byrne and his band return to the CFA for a show at 7 p.m. March 6.
David Byrne has been turning restless creativity into funky fine art for 40 years. As leader of Talking Heads, he brought art-rock sensibilities, funk and world music influences, and a distinctive minimalist narrative voice to what they had been calling New Wave.
If he'd retired then, his prominent place in 20th century popular music would have still been assured. But Byrne was only getting started when Talking Heads called it a day at the end of the 1980s. His solo career has marked by an exploratory genius and an insatiable appetite for successful creative collaborations, with everyone from Fat Boy Slim to St. Vincent, Brian Eno to Caetano Veloso.
He's also proven himself to be an astute writer – his "How Music Works" could and should be employed as a college text on music appreciation – and a contributor to emerging notions of immersive theater.
I'm not sure when the guy finds time to sleep.