David Byrne hosts and curates an evening of music and performance in celebration of his book How Music Works, his incisive and enthusiastic look at the musical art form. This exclusive event will include all sorts of performance: music, of course, but also theater, dance, science and humor… and more.

This edition of How Music Works includes a new chapter on the latest developments in music discovery. Music, like everything else, is determined by forces that are often external to the music itself: the acoustics of where we hear it, the technology of recording and reproduction, the economy of the arts, the way it is performed, and the way our social world and education shapes our opinions about what we hear.

Join us for this special live event as musician, filmmaker and author—and impresario—David Byrne takes an illuminative look inside the formative elements of music.

“A supremely intelligent, superbly written dissection of music as an art form and way of life.” -Kirkus


Batalá New York

Battlefest Flex Dancers

North Coast Improv Group

Brooklyn Technical High School’s Lady Dragons
Step Team

FloydLittle’s Double Dutch

Paul Lazar’s Cage Shuffle

Peace Industry Music Group


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Presented in association with Strand Books.

How Music Works is published by The Crown Publishing Group | Penguin Random House


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Presented by:
Town Hall in assoc. with Strand Books