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Lindsay, Arto

Encyclopedia of Arto Lindsay [2 CDs]

Lindsay, Arto : Encyclopedia of Arto Lindsay [2 CDs] (Northern Spy)

NY-based Arto Lindsay's diverse career includes No Wave band DNA, Ambitious Lovers with Peter Scherer, acclaimed Brazilian-tinged pop records, and improvising with a great set of Downtown NY players, much of which is presented in this excellent cross-section of his work to date.

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UPC: 081159198916

Label: Northern Spy
Catalog ID: Northern Spy 055
Squidco Product Code: 18920

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve 3 panels with Booklet
Recorded at Pete's Candy Store In Brooklyn, NYC, on May 8th, 2012, by Hiroshi Sunairi.


Arto Lindsay-guitar, vocals

Amedeo Pace=guitar

Brian Eno-sonics

Davi Moraes-acoustic guitar, Surdo

Melvin Gibbs, bass, Surdo

Peter Scherer-keyboards

Ryuichi Sakamoto-keyboards-Andres Levin-keyboard, programming

Nana Vasconcelos-Repique, stand up kit

Stephan Gibbs-bass

Stephen Barber-keys, guitar

Skoota Warner-drums

Bob Malach-saxess, clarinets

Sandra Parks-violin

Sharon Yamada-violin

Robert Rinehart-viola

Allen Stepansky-cello

Vinia Mojica-additonal vocals
Marivaldo Paim-Surdo, Caixa

Marcelo Camelo, Felipe Pinaud-horn arrangements

Bidu Cordeiro-horns

Mauro Zacharias-horns

Jeferson Victor-horns

Vinicius Canuaria-guitar, percussion

DJ Spooky-additional samples

Nany Assis-percussion

Dougie Brown-additional keyboards, beats

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Artist Biographies:

"Arto Lindsay (b. 1953) has stood at the intersection of music and art for more than four decades. As a member of DNA, he contributed to the foundation of No Wave. As bandleader for the Ambitious Lovers he developed an intensely subversive pop music,a hybrid of American and Brazilian styles.. Throughout his career, Lindsay has collaborated with both visual and musical artists, including Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Animal Collective, Matthew Barney, Caetano Veloso and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Having been involved with carnaval in Brazil for many years in 2004 he began making parades."

-Arto Lindsay Website (

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"Brian Eno, in full Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, (born May 15, 1948, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Eng.), British producer, composer, keyboardist, and singer who helped define and reinvent the sound of some of the most popular bands of the 1980s and '90s and who created the genre of ambient music.

While an art student in the late 1960s, Eno began experimenting with electronic music, and in 1971 he joined the fledgling band Roxy Music as keyboardist and technical adviser. A rivalry with singer Bryan Ferry led Eno to leave the group in 1973, whereupon he launched a solo career. No Pussyfooting (1973), a collaboration with guitarist Robert Fripp from King Crimson, used tape-echo and tape-delay techniques to create new sounds and reached the Top 30 in Britain. Eno's next album, Here Come the Warm Jets (1973), was soon followed by the proto-punk single "Seven Deadly Finns." In the mid-1970s Eno began developing his theory of ambient music, creating subtle instrumentals to affect mood through sound. Albums such as Discrete Music (1975), Music for Films (1978), and Music for Airports (1979) exemplified this approach.

During this period Eno also began producing albums for other artists, and his experimental approach to music making was well suited to such alternative performers as Devo, Ultravox, and David Bowie (especially on Bowie's trilogy of albums recorded primarily in Berlin). Although Eno's work was influential, it was not until his collaborations with Talking Heads and U2 that mainstream listeners became familiar with his sound, most notably on Talking Heads' Top 20 album Remain in Light (1980) and U2's chart-topping albums Unforgettable Fire (1984), The Joshua Tree (1987), and Achtung Baby (1991).

Throughout the 1990s, Eno joined a number of visual artists to provide sound tracks to installation pieces, and in 1995 he worked with Laurie Anderson on Self Storage, a series of installations housed in individual lockers at a London storage facility. Anderson provided the vocals for a track on Eno's electronic album Drawn from Life (2000), and Eno followed with a rare vocal album of his own, Another Day on Earth (2005). He returned to the producer's chair for Paul Simon's critically lauded Surprise (2006) and Coldplay's multi-platinum Viva la Vida (2008). In 2008 Eno teamed with former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne for their first collaborative effort in nearly three decades. Adopting the self-publishing model popularized by Radiohead, Byrne and Eno released Everything That Happens Will Happen Today on the Internet, where listeners could stream the entire album for free or purchase physical or digital copies directly from the artists."

-Britannica (

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"Juvenal de Holanda Vasconcelos, known as Naná Vasconcelos (2 August 1944 - 9 March 2016), was a Brazilian percussionist, vocalist and berimbau player, notable for his work as a solo artist on over two dozen albums, and as a backing musician with Pat Metheny, Don Cherry, Björk, Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti, Gato Barbieri, and Milton Nascimento.

Vasconcelos was born in Recife, Brazil. Beginning from 1967 he joined many artists' works as a percussionist. Among his many collaborations, he contributed to four Jon Hassell albums from 1976 to 1980 (including Possible Musics by Brian Eno and Hassell), and later to several Pat Metheny Group works and Jan Garbarek concerts from early 1980s to early 1990s. In 1984 he appeared on the Pierre Favre album Singing Drums along with Paul Motian. He also appears on Arild Andersen's album If You Look Far Enough with Ralph Towner.

He formed a group named Codona with Don Cherry and Collin Walcott, which released three albums in 1978, 1980 and 1982.

Between 1984 and 1989, he was the Honorary President of the first samba school in the UK, the London School of Samba.

In 1981 he performed at the Woodstock Jazz Festival, held in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Creative Music Studio. In 1998, Vasconcelos contributed "Luz de Candeeiro" to the AIDS benefit compilation album Onda Sonora: Red Hot + Lisbon produced by the Red Hot Organization.

Vasconcelos was awarded the Best Percussionist Of The Year by the Down Beat Critics Poll for seven consecutive years, from 1984 to 1990. He was also honored with eight Grammy Awards.

Vasconcelos was diagnosed with lung cancer in mid 2015. He died from the disease on 9 March 2016, in Recife.

Vasconcelos has played congas, berimbau, gourd, triangle, drums, cymbals, repique, tambourine, gong, caxixi, talking drum, cuica, shaker, palmas, pandeiro, zabumba, udu, cabasa, prato, tambor, hi-hats, bells, water drum, vibraphone, güiro, ganza, cowbell, tabla, xequere, Turkish drum, repique, cymbals, surdo, shells, African bells, agogo bells, clay pot, timpani, snare drum, flexatone, Tibetan gong and other assorted percussion."

-Wikipedia (

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track listing:

CD 1

1. 4 Skies 3:12

2. Simply Are 3:44

3. Illuminated 3:38

4. The Prize 4:01

5. Kind Of Bill 4:44

6. Child Prodigy 4:19

7. Ridiculously Deep 4:13

8. Complicity 4:08

9. Invoke 4:29

10. Reentry 3:35

11. Combustivel 4:59

12. Ondina 4:01

CD 2

1. The Prize 4:48

2. Privacy 2:07

3. Pony 3:08

4. Erotic City 4:31

5. Invoke 2:47

6. Maneiras 3:24

7. O Mais Belo Dos Belos 3:44

8. Garden Wall Of Guitar 1:16

9. Illuminated 4:15

10. Simply Beautiful 3:40

11. Estacao Derradeira 3:35

12. Wall Of Guitar 1:59
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Since his infancy, spent mostly in Brazil, Arto has been absorbing the music that surrounded him and elaborating a synthesis between experimental music and pop music. His first group, DNA, along with Ikue Mori, Robin Crutchfield and Tim Wright, without ever publishing an actual album, has deeply influenced the New York and worldwide experimental music scene, helping bring about the No Wave movement, brought to light by a compilation produced by Brian Eno in 1978 and titled No New York.

As was clear from the innovative rhythmic elements already present in DNA, his Brazilian musical development already stood out in those years with Tropicalismo, Samba and Bossanova and with the Ambitious Lovers, the project which he gave life to in 1984 with the keyboard player Peter Scherer. No Wave and Post Punk were being enriched with Brazilian sonority such as Pagode and Bossanova which reached their heights in the cover of "Dora" by Dorival Cayimmi, an example of a popular Brazilian traditionshowing up for the first time in a musical contest, that being that of the alternative American music which, up until then, had been absolutely distant.

In this unique journey and in the many other collaborations with artists of varying extraction (from John Lurie and Marc Ribot to Ryuichi Sakamoto) and in important musical productions, (the most important of all being Estrangeiro in 1989, a turning point album in Caetano Veloso's artistic career) and reaching deserved recognition in 2002 with the victory of the Latin Grammy Award (for the production of Marisa Monte's record, Memorias, Cronicas e Declaracoes de Amor), these apparently contrasting elements permeated each other more and more, giving shape to the unmistakable style and creativity of Arto Lindsay.

The first CD which makes up Encyclopedia of Arto includes the tracks that Lindsay has chosen from his solo albums of the period between 1996 and 2004, "O Corpo Sutil", "Mundo Civilizado", "Noon Chill", "Prize", "Invoke" and "Salt", tracks that he wrote with exceptional travel companions like Amedeo Pace (Blonde Redhead), Marisa Monte, Caetano Veloso, Kassin, Vinicius Cantuaria, as well as the faithful Andrés Levin and Melvin Gibbs.

In the second CD we find a solo performance of Arto, voice and guitar, a naked, cutting sound where the vocal melodies and the atonal guitar playing manage to epitomize all his "musical poetics"; it's the essential Arto. Besides an unreleased track titled "Pony", we find tracks from the aforementioned solo albums, including covers of Prince and Al Green, which revolutionize the studio versions recorded on "Mundo Civilizado" . We also find unreleased covers by Chico Buarque and also of the tradition of carioca Samba "Maneiras" (lead to success in Brazil by Zeca Pagodinho) and of the Samba Reggae "O Mais Belos Dos Belos" of Bahia."-Northern Spy

Also available on vinyl LP.
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