Experimental musician Laurie Anderson has been making music and breaking rules throughout her career. But perhaps her most revolutionary undertaking? When she performs exclusively for dogs, as she did on a recent taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
On March 16, Anderson joined Colbert on his show to discuss the inspiration behind her canine concerts. She even treated a audience of six lucky pooches to a special live performance.
According to Anderson, the idea first came to mind in a green room where the artist was the commencement speaker. While the ceremony was taking place, Anderson was killing time with Yo-Yo Ma, and the topic of performing for dogs came up in conversation.
“I was saying [to Yo-Yo Ma], I have this fantasy when I’m doing a concert, I look out and the whole audience is dogs,” Anderson said. “And he said, ‘I have that fantasy, too.'” (I mean, who doesn’t?)
Anderson’s first dog-specific performance occurred in 2010 when she directed a festival in Sydney, Australia. In January, Anderson also put on a pop-up performance in Times Square.
When Colbert asked if the music she played was tuned any differently than music for human consumption, Anderson didn’t pretend to know the answer. Nevertheless, the dogs in attendance on Wednesday seemed to enjoy the performance. Check out Anderson’s dog-specific piece below.