Arto Lindsay

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Arto Lindsay
Lindsay at Moers Festival in 2010
Lindsay at Moers Festival in 2010
Background information
Birth nameArthur Morgan Lindsay
Born (1953-05-28) May 28, 1953 (age 68)
OriginRichmond, Virginia, U.S.
GenresNo wave, noise, avant-garde jazz, MPB
Occupation(s)Composer, musician, record producer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
LabelsZE, Righteous Babe
Associated actsDNA, The Golden Palominos, The Lounge Lizards, Ambitious Lovers

Arthur Morgan "Arto" Lindsay (born May 28, 1953) is an American guitarist, singer, record producer and experimental composer.[1]

He has a distinctive soft voice and an often noisy, self-taught guitar style consisting almost entirely of extended techniques, described by Brian Olewnick as "studiedly naïve ... sounding like the bastard child of Derek Bailey".[2]


Although Lindsay was born in the United States, he grew up in Brazil.[3] In the late 1970s, he helped form the no wave band DNA[4] with Ikue Mori and Robin Crutchfield, although Tim Wright of Pere Ubu soon replaced Crutchfield.[5] In 1978, DNA was featured on the four-band sampler No New York (produced by Brian Eno)[5] In the early 1980s, Lindsay performed on early albums by The Lounge Lizards and The Golden Palominos.[6][7]

Arto Lindsay, mœrs festival 2010

After the Lounge Lizards, Lindsay and keyboardist Peter Scherer formed the Ambitious Lovers, influenced by pop, samba, and bossa nova. In an interview with Bomb magazine, Linsday said, "the whole idea was Al Green and samba. That against this; this against that; not a blend, a juxtaposition, loud/soft. There's no particular point in putting these things together. The point is what comes out in the end."[8] The band's albums included Envy, Greed, and Lust.[9]


Lindsay began his experience as producer in 1981 working with Italian No wave band Hi-Fi Bros. He has produced recordings by Brazilian musicians Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Vinicius Cantuária, Gal Costa, Carlinhos Brown, Marisa Monte, Adriana Calcanhotto, Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda and Lucas Santtana. He also co-produced the first album of Anarchist Republic of Bzzz.[10]


In 2013, Lindsay sang on "I Guess We're Floating" by Stephon Alexander and Rioux. The song was released on the album Here Comes Now in August 2014 by Connect Records.[11]


  • netmage 2006 performs Ipanema Théories with Dominique Gonzalez Foerster and alone Garden of self regard


As leader[edit]

With Ambitious Lovers

With DNA

  • A Taste of DNA (American Clave, 1981)

With The Golden Palominos

With The Lounge Lizards

As guest[edit]

With Vinicius Cantuaria

  • Sol Na Cara (Gramavision, 1996)
  • Tucuma (Verve, 1998)

With Kip Hanrahan

  • Coup De Tete (American Clave, 1981)
  • Desire Develops an Edge (American Clave, 1983)
  • Vertical's Currency (American Clave, 1985)

With John Lurie

  • Music from the Original Scores: Stranger Than Paradise and the Resurrection of Albert Ayler (1985)
  • Down by Law (1987)

With Jun Miyake

  • Innocent Bossa in the Mirror (2002)
  • Stolen from Strangers (2008)

With Ryuichi Sakamoto

  • Esperanto (1985)
  • Futurista (1986)
  • Beauty (1990)
  • Smoochy (1996)

With Caetano Veloso

  • Estrangeiro (Elektra Musician, 1989)
  • Circulado (Elektra Nonesuch, 1991)

With John Zorn

  • Locus Solus (Rift, 1983)
  • The Big Gundown (Nonesuch, 1986)
  • Cobra (Hat Hut, 1987)
  • Cynical Hysterie Hour (CBS/Sony, 1989)

With others


  1. ^ Dougan, John; Westergaard, Sean. "Biography: Arto Lindsay". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  2. ^ Olewnick, Brian. "DNA (Last Live at CBGB's)". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  3. ^ Fleischmann, Mark; Robbins, Ira; Kenny, Glenn. "Arto Lindsay". Trouser Press. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  4. ^ Masters, Marc. No Wave. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2007, pp. 52-67
  5. ^ a b Robbins, Ira; Fleischmann, Mark; Payes, Robert. "DNA". Trouser Press. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  6. ^ Fleischmann, Mark; Sheridan, David; Shupe, Rich; Isler, Scott. "Lounge Lizards". Trouser Press. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  7. ^ Fleischmann, Mark; Schinder, Scott; Mirkin, Steven; Robbins, Ira. "Golden Palominos". Trouser Press. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  8. ^ Krasnow, David. "Arto Lindsay", Bomb magazine, Spring 2000. Retrieved on January 20, 2012
  9. ^ Reviews: Pop - Recommended. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 12 January 1985. pp. 101–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  10. ^ Mattioli, Valerio (2 July 2014). "Arto Lindsay, un'intervista enciclopedica". XL (in Italian). Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Premiere: Stephon Alexander and Rioux Recruit No Wave Icon Arto Lindsay For Ecstatic 'I Guess We're Floating'". 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2014-09-20.

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