A double CD celebrating the unique art of one of the most original artist of our time. “Encyclopedia” collects 15 of his most “charming” tracks recorded in the last 20 years plus a bonus cd recently recorded live.
Born in the United States and raised in Brazil, the multi-faceted songwriter/producer/vocalist/guitarist has forged an international
reputation as an artist whose work is as seductive as it is challenging. From his late ‘70s recordings of abrasive “no wave” through his acclaimed series of solo albums beginning in the late‘90s, Lindsay has bonded rhythms and melodies from diverse
cultures and genres in provocative new ways, crafting inimitable
soundscapes whose impact can range from fragile pop pleasure to
sheer sonic assault. Lindsay remained a key figure in the downtown Manhattan scene
throughout the 1980s, playing with early versions of the Lounge Lizards and the Golden Palominos, producing tracks for Laurie Anderson and David Byrne, collaborating with John Zorn, contributing lyric translations to compilations of Brazilian music on Byrne's label Luaka Bop, even popping up in the films Desperately Seeking Susan and Candy Mountain.
The 1990s launched an ongoing series of solo releases — O Corpo
Sutil / The Subtle Body, Mundo Civilizado, Noon Chill ,Prize and
Invoke, continuing to explore samba, bossa nova and more recent Brazilian song structures on his own terms. Lindsay's critical reputation brought him back to Brazil to work as a producer on recordings by Caetano Veloso, Vinicius Cantuária, Gal
Costa, and Carlinhos Brown, among others. A 1999 New York Times
article on the legacy of the Tropicália movement hailed Lindsay's
contributions to “the finest Brazilian pop albums of the past dozen years,” and he earned a Latin Grammy for “Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album” for his production work on the platinum-selling Marisa Monte album, Memórias, Crônicas e Declarações de Amor. On yet another front, Lindsay has long been active in the field of sound art as both a curator and as an installation artist in his own right. Working with sound designer /artist Ben Rubin, Arto has curated music and audio art for Brazil's Carlton Arts Festival, London's Barbican Centre and the nightclub Tonic in New York. In the process, he has become one of the first musicians to use Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound in a live concert format. Lindsay's past collaborators include German theater director Heiner Muller, Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, American multidisciplinary artist Vito Acconci and British
producer/conceptualist Brian Eno, and he has recently been commissioned by choreographer Richard Move, to compose music for a dance/theater piece for Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Company.
Pop musician, audio provocateur, sought-after producer: regardless of the title, Arto Lindsay is an artist, a living “Encyclopedia” of the arts.