On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, New Sounds Live and the Ecstatic Music festival present Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre) and Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) along with yMusic. Parry, well-known for his work as part of the Grammy Award-winning Arcade Fire and the chamber collective Bell Orchestre, here takes on the role of composer, presenting a series of works for yMusic and its members utilizing the organic processes of the human body — heartbeats and breathing — to articulate the works’ progress. Son Lux will likewise have his yMusic compositions (from their debut album, Beautiful Mechanical) performed, and will also present new arrangements from his album We Are Rising ("shamefully good," Seattle Post-Intelligencer), which used yMusic as source material for its electronic compositions. Parry and Lott will also each write new works that incorporate each other into the process, as vocalists, instrumentalists, or even as providers of source material for the new compositions.
This concert is a part of the Ecstatic Music Festival and will be webcast live on our sister station WQXR's web service, Q2. Bonus live introductions and interviews with host John Schaefer will be taped from the stage for later broadcast on New Sounds.
Richard Reed Parry
is a multi-instrumentalist-composer-producer-musican-artist, who divides his time between his two bands: the Grammy award-winning Arcade Fire and Juno award-winning Bell Orchestre, in both of which he writes, plays, records and performs. He has composed music for Kronos Quartet and Ymusic and collaborated with dance luminaries LaLaLa Human Steps, performed with musicians David Byrne and David Bowie, and studied alongside visionary double bassist Edgar Meyer and cellist David Darling. He has done production work and occasional performances with The National, Little Scream, Islands and The Unicorns.
NYC-based composer / musician / remixer Son Lux, aka Ryan Lott, is a man classically trained, but rewired by his own design. Somewhere between the concert hall and the dingy hip-hop club, you’ll find his haunting liquid soundscapes, born of beatwise means, rich in their orchestral warmth, always hinting at some divine unreachable height. After studying composition and piano at Indiana University School of Music, Ryan moved to Cleveland, OH, where he lived for six years, earning a reputation as a versatile and zealous collaborator. Equally at ease in the creative company of choreographers, classical musicians, and break dancers, he cut his teeth spear-heading multi-disciplinary "performance parties," composing music for modern dance companies, and collaborating with musicians across many genres. His works have been performed dozens of times in NYC and throughout the US and Europe. In the cracks of time and energy between Ryan's collaborations, his creative alter-ego "Son Lux" was born out of an urge to finally set about making an album of his own.
Created in 2008, yMusic is a group of young performers (Rob Moose, CJ Camerieri, Hideaki Aomori, Alex Sopp, Nadia Sirota, and Mike Block), actively engaged and equally comfortable in the overlapping classical and pop music worlds. Its unique instrumentation includes a traditional string trio as well as the distinctive combination of flute, clarinet and trumpet. This exciting composite of sounds has sparked a burgeoning repertoire of commissions from some of today’s most important artists. Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Ryan Lott (Son Lux), a select group of indie rock luminaries, have crafted instrumental works specifically for the ensemble. yMusic has toured and recorded with top artists across genre lines such as Bjork, Peter Gabriel, Antony and the Johnsons, Ryuichi Sakamoto, The National, Rufus Wainwright, Grizzly Bear, Meredith Monk, Yo-Yo Ma, The New York Philharmonic, David Byrne and Sufjan Stevens.