Classically-trained composer Son Lux (Ryan Lott) has kept busy in the wake of praise for his last album “At War With Walls & Mazes”. He just released his Weapons EP on anticon. and is working on his sophomore follow-up. Lott also recently spent a good deal of time working on the upcoming These New Puritans album arranging brass and woodwinds. In the spirit of collaboration, Son Lux has been commissioned to score a ballet for the National Dance Company of Wales.Son Lux will be performing live July 1st in Prospect Park for Celebrate Brooklyn!, where he will perform with seven musicians and seven dancers (Lottdance) playing new and old material in new ways. For more info check it out HERE. Son Lux just debuted this “barely safe for work” video on NPR’s All Songs Considered. Here are some thoughts on it from director Landis Smithers.
“Working with Son Lux was an amazing creative experience. I immersed myself in multiple iterations of “weapons”, and found myself coming back again and again to the idea that we all use outward appearances as a form of protection against the world, separating ourselves from life and conflict with defenses constructed from our own desires and self-image. Working with my team, we created before and after “dream” states for the models, reflecting how we are in some ways most beautiful when we are defenseless (without our weapons) and in some ways most frightening when we are “safe” (concealed behind our masks). In the end, we cross the lines between self and self-creation often, and rarely let anyone in. Son Lux’s music haunts me, and this piece is an expression of how deeply his insights and inspirations have affected me.”