Arto Lindsay

Arto Lindsay ( born May 28, 1953 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American guitarist, singer, record producer and sound artist.


Lindsay grew up as the son of American missionaries in Brazil. From an early age he listened to a lot of music of both cultures. He calls the experimental Tropicália movement of that time as a strong influence, especially Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Os Mutantes and Gilberto Gil.

In 1970 he went back to the U.S. to go to college, 1974, he moved to New York where it attracted the vibrant art and music scene, particularly the free jazz and just evolving punk rock movement.

His first band, "DNA", published for the first time in 1978 on Brian Eno's compilation " No New York ", which coined the label No Wave for this style (co-). He then played in many different bands, often together with John Lurie, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, John Zorn ( Spillane ) and Bill Laswell.

Since then, Lindsay was one of the central figures in the music scene of Manhattan. He played with John Lurie of the Lounge Lizards, with Anton Fier at the Golden Palominos, he produced Laurie Anderson and David Byrne, for his label Luaka Bop he also translated Brazilian lyrics, played in several films, including Susan ... desperately sought, and eventually founded his own group, the " Ambitious Lovers".

Since the 1990s, he released his albums as a solo artist. They are more influenced by his Brazilian roots, but in a modern electronic sound.

Most recently, he was commissioned to compose the music for a production of Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project '.

Typical is his gentle voice and his often lärmiges, chord -free, self-taught appropriated guitar game that was described by one critic as " sophisticated naïve as the illegitimate son of Derek Bailey ".


Lindsay has the albums of many Brazilian musicians produced, including those of Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Gal Costa, Carlinhos Brown and Marisa Montes platinum album " Memórias, Cronicas e Declarações de Amor ".

Art projects and collaborations

Apart from the abovementioned Lindsay has collaborated over the years with many other artists, so among other things, Heiner Müller / Heiner Goebbels, They Might Be Giants, Marc Ribot, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Kip Hanrahan. 2005 Lindsay wrote the afterword of the official biography of the band Einstürzende Neubauten " Just what is not, is possible."

Through his friendship with Diego Cortez (aka James Curtis ), he also came into contact with many visual artists, particularly the East Village, including Jean -Michel Basquiat, Nan Goldin, Francesco Clemente and Andy Warhol. Images of Goldin, Kara Walker and Matthew Barney already adorned her albums. He has also worked with the Canadian artist Rodney Graham in an exhibition, as well as a sound art exhibition of the New York gallery PS1.


Ambitious Lovers

  • Envy (1984 ), with the club hit " Let's be adult"
  • Greed ( 1988), guest musicians: Naná Vasconcelos, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, among others
  • Lust ( 1991)


  • O Corpo Sutil ( The Subtle Body) (1996 )
  • Orb Civilizado (1997)
  • Noon Chill (1998)
  • Prize (1999)
  • Invoke ( 2002)
  • Salt (2004)