Indianapolis Art Center, April 21
Mythopeic’s Nick Ohler, the local impresario who’s trying to make Indianapolis part of the larger world of new and cutting-edge music, presented a dazzling show last Saturday night. Graham Reynolds proved himself to be not only an ingenious composer, whose work includes the soundtrack for A Scanner Darkly and now Eisenstein’s 1926 silent masterpiece, Potemkin, but a fine pianist and powerful drummer, to boot. Along with his trio — cello, sax and bass with assorted percussion instruments — Reynolds took us on a guided tour of how he scored Scanner and then he and Golden Arm played live to Potemkin in what proved to be a performance as stirring as the film itself. The scant crowd experienced some massive music-making. Where was everybody? This was a show, like so many other Mythopeic offerings, that you’ll read about taking place at Joe’s Pub in The New Yorker in another week or two. Surely there are enough people in this town to support adventurous shows like these. They better start showing up. On May 31, Mythopeic presents the surreal Bay Area band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum at Radio Radio in Fountain Square.