Posted in music | tour dates on September 11, 2012

by Kelly Pratt with photos by Bryan Murray

David Byrne and St VincentDavid Byrne and St Vincent

Kelly Pratt is no stranger to the pages of BrooklynVegan. From being a member of Beirut to playing in Arcade Fire to performing at LCD Soundsystem's final show to his own projects Team B and now Bright Moments, we've written about stuff Kelly Pratt does a lot. Now we're going to let him write a bit. This time about his latest project, which as previously mentioned, is being co-musical director and a band member on the St. Vincent and David Byrne tour that begins this week in support of the pair's new album "Love the Giant" which is out now via 4AD and streaming on Spotify and at NPR. Look for a new post by Kelly right here on BrooklynVegan each week, starting now...

David Byrne/St. Vincent North America tour Fall 2012 - rehearsal
David Byrne rehearsal
David Byrne rehearsal

The Band:
David Byrne - vocals/guitar
Annie Clark - vocals/guitar
Daniel Mintseris - keyboards/co-musical director
Brian Wolfe - drums
Kelly Pratt - trumpet/flugelhorn/French horn/flute/co-musical director
Carter Yasutake - trumpet/flugelhorn
Rachel Drehman - French horn
Jason Disu - trombone
Dave Nelson - trombone
John Altieri - tuba
Bryan Murray - saxophones/clarinet
Jon Natchez - saxophones/flute/clarinet/flugelhorn
New York, September 11

We've been in rehearsal for the last three weeks on an extremely intensive schedule: 8 hours a day, 6 days a week. The first week is primarily focused on drum programming and rhythm section coordination. With week 2 all the rest of us join in. As one can imagine, putting together a full set of music for twelve people can be a bit of a daunting task! Fortunately we have an experienced, talented, and motivated group of people involved.

By the beginning of the third week we are running the set with a pretty high degree of success. Then the choreography starts. I have six years of marching band experience (strictly "don't ask, don't tell" information), but most of the rest of the horns have never moved and played at the same time. Learning to play a brass instrument while walking around a stage is a bit like patting your head and rubbing your stomach. But way harder. Finally Sunday we manage to run the set with choreography. It's going to be pretty impressive.

Monday we play Jimmy Fallon, definitely the most welcoming and my personal favorite of the late night programs. It's our first public performance, and goes pretty well. Right before we play we all get a moment to warm up our horns. Carter starts playing Chuck Mangione's "Feels So Good" as he tends to do 70% of the time he puts the horn to his face. Jimmy Fallon comes over and beamingly declares "I love that song!"

The next two days we head out to New Jersey for full production rehearsals at the Wellmont Theatre. After that we hit the road, first stop Minneapolis!

'Til then,
Kelly Pratt

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Watch the Fallon videos HERE. All tour dates, more pictures from rehearsal, and the official video for "Who". below...

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David Byrne rehearsal
David Byrne rehearsal
David Byrne rehearsal

David Byrne & St. Vincent - 'Who'

David Byrne / St. Vincent 2012 Tour Dates
09/15 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theater
09/16 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
09/18 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
09/20 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
09/21 - Montreal, QC - POP Montreal
09/23 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
09/25 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
09/26 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
09/27 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theater
09/29 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Park
09/30 - N. Bethesda MD - The Music Center at Strathmore
10/02 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10/03 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Center
10/05 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
10/06 - Houston, TX - Hobby Center
10/07 - Dallas, TX - McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
10/10 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's
10/11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre
10/12 - Costa Mesa, CA - Segerstrom Theater for the Arts
10/13 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater
10/15 - San Francisco, CA - Orpheum Theatre
10/17 - Seattle, WA - 5th Ave Theatre
10/18 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Auditorium
10/20 - Vancouver, BC - Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts

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Comments (34)

Hey guys remember the olympics?????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 5:09 PM

wasn't deantoni parks drummer for this record (thought i read that somewhere) ?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 5:10 PM

What I want to know is how many Talking Heads songs are going to be in the set, that's all anyone wants to hear anyway

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 5:18 PM

@518 i'm curious about st. vincent songs too. oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 5:24 PM

I got a sick neck tat of a screenshot of this article, under the words "NEVER FORGET - NEVER FORGIVE - 9/11/01 - I'M PAINTING AGAIN"

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 5:24 PM

5:24 I have that same sick piece bro

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 5:53 PM

No black people listen to this music.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 5:59 PM

5:59 are you talking about all of BV?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 6:04 PM

Listened to this album today. It fucking sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 7:28 PM

David Burn-out.

He sucks now.

Next.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 8:25 PM

Why would anyone agree to contribute anything creative to Brooklyn Vegan when they run the comment section like this. Switch to Disqus. Or something that allows down voting of comments and some form of identity consistency to improve the tone. Please.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 8:32 PM

^ why would anyone give a damn about what you think?

The comments here are pure genius.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 8:42 PM

That is the main reason people come to the site?!?! The comment section is unpredictable!

Posted by Corky | September 11, 2012 8:48 PM

@8:32, shut up. Cunt.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 8:57 PM

Anybody have a hummus recipe to share? I have a dinner party approaching and need a good one!

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 9:04 PM

"I have six years of marching band experience but most of the rest of the horns have never moved and played at the same time."

GOOD FOR YOU

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 9:08 PM

This is a good contribution and BV could use more of this.

Wish he was more honest as a writer --- there are probably three more months of touring than that list indicates. No one rehearses for four weeks for a five week tour. C'mon Pratt -- spill the real inside dirt and details or save it for the press release.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 9:32 PM

how many Talking Heads songs are going to be in the set??

Posted by dualshine | September 11, 2012 10:00 PM

you wanna know how many Talking Heads songs are going to be in the set? you wanna know? hey everybody, dualshine wants to know how many Talking Heads songs there are going to be in the set! you wanna know? here's how many Talking Heads songs there are going to be: FUCK SPIT. take some spit, fuck it, then convert that into a real amount of Talking Heads songs. that's how many there are going to be. and may God end both our lives by midnight.

Posted by until jail | September 12, 2012 1:12 AM

The album sounds like a bad imitation of the dirty projectors... which sounds like a bad imitation of david byrne... which sounds like a bad imitation of the talking heads...

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 11:20 AM

At least DB is staying true to the headset mic in the rehearsals.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 12:55 PM

LOL 11:20 WTF

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 2:01 PM

You're all shitheads

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 9:03 PM

I mean let's be honest, David Byrne hasn't made a really good album since Speaking in Tongues. Fierce Creatures is ok, but True Stories and Naked are garbage. Byrne's solo career has been one big game of grasping at straws. So, after about 8 years of making brilliant music ('76 - '84), he's been coasting for 28 years. Did you really expect this new album would be anything but the very piece of rubbish that it is?

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 10:14 PM

I mean let's be honest, anon 10:14 PM hasn't made a decent comment since he said "meh" on June 15, 2003. Did you really expect this new comment would be anything but the very piece of rubbish that it is?

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 10:26 PM

10:14 has a point. David Byrne and James Murphy should look in the same mirror and travel back

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 10:31 PM

I'll give Byrne a lifetime pass solely for Remain in Light, but I'll admit his solo work doesn't do much for me.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 11:08 PM

shit, poop, doo doo...it's all the same.

Posted by calling the shit 'poop' | September 15, 2012 8:35 PM

So many unhappy people hurling their feces all over the internet these days. Anonymity just emboldens this angry, low self-esteem crowd. Much easier to put down the accomplishments of others than do something constructive.

Good music is the music you like. Period. That goes for all of us. People are going to disagree with you the rest of your life. Get used to it.

As for Byrne, his career speaks for itself. I think it'll survive the mentally challenged hiding behind a keyboard with nothing better to do than exhibit their immaturity.

Posted by Colin Rutheford | September 16, 2012 12:11 AM

Puppat least we aren't hipsters

Posted by anus Kraus | September 16, 2012 12:17 AM

Bravo, Colin Rutherford.

Posted by MB | September 19, 2012 12:08 AM

Who is that mulatto adonis in the top picture?... we can still use the term mulatto right?

Posted by Anonymouse | September 24, 2012 6:46 PM

lol white people

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 7:28 PM

david is amazing.

Posted by jordon | July 22, 2013 2:00 PM

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