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In Spite of Wishing and Wanting

by David Byrne

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Horses 04:31
Sleeping Up 12:12
Speech 05:26
Fear 02:33


After David Byrne was "knocked out" by a performance by the Ultima Vez dance company in 1991, he kept in touch with Wim Vandekeybus (director) and the dancers. After some time passed, the company, Wim, and David, who contributed his unique compositional voice, collaborated on a production based on the stories of Argentine writer, Julio Cortázar.

"I see that this piece is pulling together so many elements, both physical, emotional and musical... I see movement and dance grammar based on patterns and gestures found outside the normal dance vocabulary... and music and sound found outside the pop, rock and dance music vocabularies... but containing and referring to elements of all of them." -David Byrne, 1999

The world premiere of In Spite of Wishing and Wanting took place on March 12th, 1999 at the Teatro Communale di Ferrara, Italy.


released January 1, 1999

vocals, guitars, bass, programming, samples: David Byrne
bass guitar: Pierre Vervloesem
drums, percussion: Didier Fontaine
baritone saxophone: Eric Sleichim
accordeon, organ: Ad Cominotto
viola: Paul De Clerck
cello: François Deppe


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