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Tim Berne & Dave King Duo

October 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


For Immediate Release

Minneapolis College of Art and Design


The Department of Liberal Arts

Designer Stephen Byram Pop-Up Exhibition & Lecture: 1 pm


Tim Berne & Dave King Live in Concert: 7:00 pm

Are pleased to present a special lecture & concert event on Tues. Oct. 1st (Auditorium 150)

on the MCAD campus, 2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

All events are Free! But seating is limited.

Please join us for an afternoon with Steve Byram who will install a pop-up exhibition of his drawing and illustration work, followed by a public lecture at 1 pm. Frequent collaborators Tim Berne and Dave King will perform a duo concert in Byram’s honor at 7:00pm.

Steve Byram (http://byramart.com)

Tim Berne (https://screwgunrecords.com)

Dave King (https://www.daveking.net)

Currently a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York, award winning (AIGA and Broadcast Design Assoc.) artist and designer Steve Byram has had a long career in graphic design. He was Senior Art Director at Columbia Records across most the 1980s—think Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill— returning to work for Sony as Senior Art Director in the early 2000s. Byram’s design studio clients include some of the largest names in the music industry: Time Warner, EMI Music, Universal Music, Rolling Stone, MTV, and jazz labels like Blue Note Records, Winter & Winter and Screwgun Records.

Byram practice overfills categories such as illustrator or designer; his work is polyphonic. Embracing contrasts his work is marked by explosions of color and the monochromatic; his line can be refined and raw; and figures within his work may be simultaneously disintegrating line and coalescing collage. At MCAD, Byram will exhibit both drawings and preliminary illustrated work done for client projects. At 1pm, Byram will present an artist talk to the community sharing insights into his decades-long career in art and design.

Saxophonist and bandleader Tim Berne has been recording under his own name since the mid-1980s. He gained broad attention with his 1987 record release Fulton Street Maul—Byram was the designer. A central figure of the “Downtown Music” scene in New York, Berne recorded with Bill Frisell, John Zorn and collaborated with former flatmate Julius Hemphill. His longstanding project Bloodcount was one of the most significant jazz ensembles of the 1990s. After disbanding the group, Berne founded a number of remarkable groups: Big Satan, Science Friction, and Paraphrase—the latter two including Craig Taborn who hails from the Twin Cities. Since 2010 Berne’s primary group has been a quartet called Snake Oil. Berne will be in town in support of another project entitled Broken Shadows which is dedicated to the compositions of Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, and Julius Hemphill. (Broken Shadows performs at Icehouse on 9/30).

Dave King is the hometown hero of creative music. Known most widely for holding down the drum chair in The Bad Plus, he also leads Happy Apple and The Dave King Trucking Company. King has been collaborating with Berne since 2008’s band Buffalo Collision, and King continually works hard to expand the audience for jazz and creative music in the Twin Cities. He co-hosts the weekly radio show “The King’s Speech” on The Current, and he has introduced many new listeners to the joys of improvisation with his YouTube series Rational Funk—where he counts off the downbeat with tongue firmly inserted in cheek.

For questions and/or interviews, please contact Damon Stanek (dstanek@mcad.edu) or Gretchen Gasterland-Gustafsson (ggasterland-gustafsoson@mcad.edu).


October 1, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Minneapolis College of Art and Design


Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Ave.
Minneapolis, 55404 United States
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