In celebration of David Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy,” a slew of fantastic musicians are joining forces to honor the late artist. The Berlin Trilogy refers to the three albums Bowie coined while living in Berlin, including 1977’s Low and Heroes, 1979’s Lodger, which were made with Brian Eno and Tony Visconti. The tribute show will take place over the course of three nights as part of WNYC’s New Sounds Live series. Each night will feature a live performance of one of the three albums – Low on October 17, Heroes on October 18, and Lodger on October 19. All shows will be free of charge and will take place at Brookfield Place. The New Sounds Live Series host performances all over New York City and aim to promote the sounds of “adventurous musicians that defy categorization.” It is no surprise their latest endeavor includes pieces from Bowie’s discography.
Jonathan Meiburg, lead singer of Shearwater, will lead the ensemble of musicians who will come together over the three nights including Carlos Alomar who was Bowie’s rhythm guitarist for 30 years, Angel Deradoorian, Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart, Greg Fox, and Deerhoof’s Ed Rodriguez. Other members of Shearwater will also join the crew of musicians as well as the Wordless Music Orchestra. Not only will each album be performed in its entirety, but each night will also start off with short programs of music that inspired the Berlin Trilogy. The Berlin Trilogy marks a period in Bowie’s life of profound creation, perhaps the most productive periods of his life. Life in Berlin was born out of a need to escape the drug-induced world of Los Angeles, a desire to seek a sanctuary where he could explore new sounds. Of this period in his music, Bowie once said, “For whatever reason, for whatever confluence of circumstances, Tony, Brian and I created a powerful, anguished, sometimes euphoric language of sounds.”
Witness the Berlin Trilogy performed live in its entirety this October at Brookfield Place, led by a stellar lineup of musicians.
10/17 – 10/19