The Rite of Swing: Expanding the Scope of Indianapolis Music

The Arts Council of Indianapolis has always striven to inject new life into the Indianapolis arts scene through a number of scholarships, grants, and fellowships to Indianapolis artists of all types and disciplines. One Indianapolis musician, jazz composer/pianist Becky Archibald, knows firsthand how generous the Arts Council can be. In 2008, she received a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis that took her all the way from her musical home of Indianapolis to the Dordogne International Jazz Summer School in Monteton, France. There, she learned the ins and outs of modern jazz, even composing her first jazz piece, “Midnight at Monteton.”

Video of Becky Archibald performing during the 2009 Rite of Swing event at ARTBOX in Indianapolis


Now, back in the Circle City, Becky Archibald is looking to head back to Monteton, this time with the Indianapolis music community at her back. To fund her dreams, Archibald will be putting on a production called The Rite of Swing, an Indianapolis event that will feature several sterling stars of the Indianapolis music scene. If you’ve got an interest in expanding the scope of Indianapolis music, you should definitely buy a ticket or two to The Rite of Swing. Designed as a showcase for Archibald’s new music with a backing band of several accomplished Indy musicians, The Rite of Swing will take place at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art in the Murphy Art Center on Thursday, June 10.

A “French-inspired” evening, The Rite of Swing will be replete with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and, of course, music. Standards and original compositions will be performed by Archibald and an illustrious backing band that will feature members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The Indianapolis band performing at The Rite of Swing will consist of Archibald on piano, Jim Farrelly on sax, P.J. Yinger on trumpet, David Bellman on clarinet, Ju-Fang Liu on bass, and Gene Markiewicz on drums.

Becky Archibald is a distinguished Indianapolis musician who is a boon to Indianapolis education and Indianapolis society. An Anderson, Indiana native, Becky Archibald helmed the “Fresh Faced Jazz” program at the Indianapolis Spirit and Place Festival, a program that featured compositions by Indianapolis children. Archibald has lectured and performed throughout many illustrious Indiana colleges, including appearances at Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI), Butler University, Ball State University, DePauw University, and Anderson University (of which she is a graduate). She has also performed at several Indianapolis music venues, including the Indiana History Center, the Jazz Kitchen, the Indianapolis Artsgarden, and with the American Cabaret Theater. Becky Archibald was also a guest artist/composer with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in the 2007-2008 season.

The Rite of Swing will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Indianapolis. Tickets are $25, but all proceeds go to support Archibald’s return trip to Monteton, and the ticket price includes the music, food, and wine at the event. Participants are also free to take in the beautiful artwork in the Indianapolis art gallery.

For more information on The Rite of Swing, including background information on Becky Archibald and the Dordogne International Jazz Summer School in France, visit Archibald’s homepage at

The Rite of Swing
7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 10
Tickets: $25

Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art
1043 Virginia Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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