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Arto Lindsay feat. Melvin Gibbs

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When: Thursday 19 October

Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Cost: Free

Location: The Event Space


Arto Lindsay feat. Melvin Gibbs


Arto Lindsay, self-taught corrosive guitar scratcher, might be the closest experimental noise has to a soul man. Since the late 1970s, when he unleashed one of the world’s greatest manifestations of—in the immortal words of Lester Bangs—“horrible noise” with his experimental rock trio DNA, one of the flag-bearers of the New York City’s downtown No Wave zeitgeist — this vanguardist guitarist, singer, record producer and experimental composer has spent decades at the off-the-beaten sonic paths and colorful intersections of music creations and stage performances, including forging art-pop (a)tunes that melds koan-like poetry with the sophisticated Latin pop he grew up hearing while living in Brazil with his missionary parents. His heavy involvement, as both artist and producer, in a string of Tropicalia and Bossa records from the late 1980s onwards attest to his maverick, shape-shifting interests.

Most of Arto’s songs bask in a lovely sonic tension, where the hushed intimacy of the melodies and vocals is battered by low-end grooves that shimmy with elegance but aren’t overcrowded by the singer’s gentle warble. The King of Skronk doesn’t play actual soul jams. Rather, his trademark iconoclastic guitar style is, kinda unsexy-sexy: rhythmic, atonal, full of discordant bursts and unseemly, metallic feels. But in a career that goes back more than 40 years, with help from a changing cast of instrumentalists and songwriters at the vanguard of various styles, including his long-time collaborator Melvin Gibbs, the pioneer “non-musician” Arto Lindsay has put a high premium on feelings, expressing universality of love and intimacy even while he’s bucking convention.

Watch Arto Lindsay play ‘Illuminated’ here: www.youtube.com/watch

Watch Arto Lindsay play ‘Simply Are’ here: www.youtube.com/watch


Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Melvin Gibbs has been called “the greatest bassist in the world” by Time Out New York magazine and was cited for particular mention by New York Times in their “Best Jazz Performances of 2017”. He first came to notice as a member of Defunkt, a pioneering band that rose out of the early 1980s no wave scene. He and longtime friend Vernon Reid, leader of the band Living Colour, were members of Ronald Shannon Jackson’s seminal free-funk group The Decoding Society. Since 1998, along with drummer JT Lewis and guitarist Brandon Ross, Gibbs has been a member of the band Harriet Tubman. Another band Gibbs co-led, Eye And I, was the inspiration for the Black Rock Coalition. Along with Ronald Shannon Jackson and Bill Frisell, he formed the group Power Tools. And as a member of The Rollins Band he was nominated for a Grammy. The list of artists he’s played with includes Femi Kuti, Caetano Veloso, dead prez, Eddie Palmieri, David Byrne and many others.


Thursday 19th October

8pm – 9.30pm




18’s and over only

Event Organiser

The Red Brick Building

01458 899564