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Live from Carnegie Hall: Caetano Veloso and David Byrne

Next up in our Live from Carnegie Hall summer series that focuses on the music of Latin America is the recent release of Caetano Veloso and David Byrne's Carnegie Hall concert recording from 2004.

Together with Voices from Latin America Artistic Advisor Giberto Gil, Caetano Veloso was a central figure in the creation of the Tropicália Brazilian music movement. For their part in that and their participation in protests against Brazil's military junta, both men were arrested and jailed without charge for two months in the late 1960s. They were subsequently held under house arrest for four months before being exiled.

Artist: Caetano Veloso and David Byrne
Album: Caetano Veloso and David Byrne Live at Carnegie Hall
Label: Nonesuch
Date Recorded: April 17, 2004
Fun Fact: Caetano Veloso (2004) and David Byrne (2007) have each curated a series of Carnegie Hall Perspectives concerts.

This concert—part of Caetano Veloso's Persepective series—was one of "three halves." Veloso's set was first, followed by a Byrne solo set, after which the two musicians took the stage together. Backed by cellist Jaques Morelenbaum and percussionist Mauro Refosco, Veloso performed a selection of his his own tunes, including "Coração Vagabundo" and "Manhatã."

Caetona Veloso and David Byrne at Carnegie Hall, April 17, 2004. Photo by Chris Lee.

The two came together briefly for the David Byrne / Talking Heads song "The Revolution" from Byrne's 2001 solo album Look Into the Eyeball. Byrne revealed from the stage that "The Revolution" had been modeled on the rhythm of Veloso's "Manhatã." Refosco remained onstage to accompany Byrne and together they played bare-bones acoustic versions of some of Byrne's best-known songs, including "And She Was," "Life During Wartime," and "Road to Nowhere."

Judging from the audience reaction, their joint performance of Talking Heads' "(Nothing but) Flowers" was one of the highlights of the concert. The album ends with their clever linguistic juxtaposition of Veloso's "Terra," followed by Byrne's "Heaven."

Veloso has not performed at Carnegie Hall since his Perspectives series but, three years later, Byrne went on to curate his own Perspectives series at the Hall.

Jaques Morelenbaum, Caetona Veloso, David Byrne, and Mauro Refosco at Carnegie Hall, April 17, 2004. Photo by Chris Lee.

The official music video for "Dreamworld: Marco de Canaveses," an acoustic version of which was performed by Veloso and Byrne that night.

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