Ether 09 13.04.09

The Music of David Byrne and Brian Eno. Brilliant mixed two hour set including the new album plus music from the first 3 Talking Heads albums and My Life in The Bush of Ghosts. DB dressed head to toe in white with a shock of white hair. Band, backing singers and dancers swapped roles with dancers playing instruments and singers/band dancing. Part choreographed, part improvised. Burning Down the House saw everyone in white tutu’s… final encore Brian Eno appeared… in white.

The band consisted of 2 drummers/percussionists, keyboard, bass, 3x backing singers, 3x dancers, and DB on guitar. (Sorry – bad mobile photos only) The sound was great – much livelier than the album versions and DB voice a lot more powerful than I was expecting. It was a “show”. Not so much dance routines as expressive movements with a loose structure to allow improvisation. Not pretentious – fun, eg. synchronised routine on black spinning office chairs. Occasional flamboyant balletic leaps. Lighting in bold blocks of primary colour.

The Ebbsfleet Horse. Mark Wallinger’s model for the Ebbsfleet Horse in the foyer window of the Hayward Gallery… again in white.