The Indianapolis Museum of Art and Big Car’s Service Center for Contemporary Art and Culture present OUTSOUND, a three day festival of art and experimental music. This Indianapolis festival features local talent, but also marks the return of up-and-coming Hoosier musician Ryan Lott, known as Son Lux. The event runs from August 10th to August 12th at both the IMA and the Service Center (38th Street). Tickets range from $5 to $12 depending on the Indianapolis event. Hear what’s new to Indianapolis music as Son Lux expands the minds of his listeners.
A graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, Ryan Lott has been making waves in experimental music since 2001. In 2005, he received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. Recently, his music was featured at the Guggenheim Museum in New York as part of their Works and Process Series. And NPR’s All Songs Considered named Son Lux Best New Artist this past February, when they challenged him to record an album in one month. The result was his latest release We Are Rising.
Son Lux’s experimental sound blends classical notions of composition with modern electronics and a surprising pop appeal. A student of diverse compositional techniques, Son Luz is able to blend classical seamlessly with more modern genres like jazz and even rock. Driven by collaboration, Son Lux has worked with choreographers and dancers placing movement to his unique sounds. Notable collaborations include Gina Gibney Dance, Marah Dance Theatre, Steve Rooks, Inlet Dance Theatre, Dance Ad Deum, Groundworks Dance Theatre and most impressively Martha Graham Dance Company.
In creating layered soundscapes, Son Lux finds its useful to work under a set of limitations, whatever they may be. When NPR approached him about creating an entire album in one short month, it was right up the artist’s alley. “The imposition of restriction for me is an effective way to tunnel out new paths during the creative process,” says Lott.
Hear him play live at the OUTSOUND festival at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Thursday, August 11 at 7 pm. Opening for Son Lux is Helado Negro, an electronic and latin music fusion artist who creates unique abstract-expressionist sound experiences. Tickets to this Indianapolis music event are $12 for the public and $8 for members of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Catch the rest of the OUTSOUND festival at the Service Center for Contemporary Art and Culture on Wednesday, August 10 and Friday, August 11. Featured Indianapolis artists include Gala Bent, Zack Bent, Lynn Cazabon, Austin Dickson, Jonathan, Dueck, Nadio Hironaka and Matthew Suib, Ryan Irvin, Roberto Lange, Mike Szegedi and Lauren Zoll. Indianapolis bands include Nathan Monk, the glitch clique, dREKKa, Melt-Face, Jordan Munson, Matt Davignon, shedding, Kristin Miltner and DMA.
Tickets to all events at the Service Center are only $5. This is an all ages events, but beer will be available for purchase for Indianapolis people who are 21 and up.
Before the event, grab dinner in the International district of 38th Street or head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, for a bite to eat at any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, discuss the merits of musical experimentation over drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars.
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August 10 to 12
Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Service Center for Contemporary Art and Culture
3919 Lafayette Road