The Luce Foundation Center for American Art’s multilevel space poses a challenge for musicians—the tile floor, courtyard-style setup, and high ceiling create a lot of reverb—but when everything clicks, the sound-plus-art experience can be pretty nifty. Odds are good that Collin Crowe’s electronic tunes, with their mix of acid-house and Italo-disco rhythms and New Age optimism, will be a perfect fit for the room. As the guitarist for D.C. band Buildings, Crowe favors complex, propulsive riffs; as a beatmaker, he’s all about classic Moog, Roland, and Korg tones. His new EP, Electric Paradise, begins with a mood piece (the title track), but it ends with a jam (“Jet Ski”), and Crowe might take the Luce crowd in a similar direction. He’s calling the project a “formalized improvisation,” hoping that “people find it to be a unique and pretty language.” Like a Buildings show, this one will include projections as part of the experience, too.
Collin Crowe discusses his work at 1:30 p.m. and performs at 2 p.m. at the Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-7970. americanart.si.edu.