Music in the Park

Falk’s ‘Indigo’ band
jazzes up Butler Turpin lawn

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (Sept. 2003) – Jazz has been called the purest expression of American democracy – music built on individualism and compromise, independence and cooperation. For as long as he can remember, Gary Falk said this music genre has been “a big part of my life.” Falk has been with the four-member band, Indigo, since the early 1980s.

Gary Falk of Indigo
Gary Falk of Indigo
Throughout the summer, audiences have had the opportunity to experience many different types of music at the Music in the Park concert series in Carrollton. Indigo will perform at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the Butler-Turpin House inside Gen. Butler State Resort Park. Audiences are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
Indigo band is composed of Falk, who plays flute and tenor sax; Duke Marsh on keyboard; Ed Abraham on vocals and percussion; and Gail King, founder of the quartet. Due to a previous engagement, King will not accompany Indigo, but in her place will be Sahara Waiters. All band members are from the Louisville and New Albany, Ind., areas.
Falk is originally from Chicago but relocated to Kentucky with his family in 1969 when IBM bought out the small company where his father worked. His father was then transferred to Lexington, and Falk graduated from nearby Eastern Kentucky University.
He has studied clarinet with Bruno Micheletti and is fluent on sax, flute, clarinet and washboard. For the last two years, he has served as vice president of the Louisville Federation of Musicians.
“I like to please the people I’m playing for,” said Falk in reference to what he likes best about jazz music. He and the other members of Indigo get plenty of chances to entertain by performing a variety of jazz standards once or twice a week. When not with Indigo, Falk said he plays in several other bands.
Although some might say that jazz is a musical form that involves improvisation, Falk said Indigo doesn’t adhere to this idea. The swing in their music gives it a buoyancy and a life of its own.
Since 1971, Falk has owned Falk Audio, a full-service recording studio. Falk Audio has been an integral part of the Louisville music scene since its conception, recording bands, orchestras, industrial scripts and jingles.
Evelyn Welch, curator of the Butler-Turpin Historic Mansion, said she became aware of Indigo through another band, Ten Penny Bit, that had performed at the park. Welch said the goal of these summer concerts is to expose audiences to a wide genre of music.
“I like all kinds of music,” said Welch, which is why she chose such a versatile lineup. She said many audience members come to Carrollton for the day, dine at the lodge and stay for the evening performance. The town has much to offer tourists, including the 800-acre state park, gift shops, antiques stores, a golf course and historic homes.
Tours of the Butler-Turpin home are given at intermission, drawing attention to the house built in 1859 by Mary Ellen Butler Turpin and her husband, Philip O. Turpin. Welch said that increasing awareness of the home was “the sole reason for doing” these concerts.
Welch is already hard at work planning next year’s Music in the Park series. If the concerts are as successful as they have been this year, “You couldn’t ask for it to be any better,” she said.

• For more information on the music series, call the tourism office at 1-800-325-4290.

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