LOST ANIMALS is the music of local Brooklyn composer, singer, performer and arts director Ian M. Colletti. Presented often solo, sometimes performed as duo with a percussionist, and in other iterations with added expansive ensembles. A full, unique sound harbored onto it’s own gothic aesthetic. Ian sings one of a kind, sturdily built songs while playing everything live from synthesizers, analog sequencers and modulars, drum machines and instruments pulled from a stark black iron “waiting for godot-esque” instrument tree set against video of a dark blue hudson river.
LOST ANIMALS debut concept record "On The Hudson" and it’s performance is a nostalgic musical homage to New York City’s hard outer cusps, dreary broken industries, sleepy hollow rivertowns and natural gothic landscape of the Hudson River. The Hudson’s ancient mysticism and quiet blue lore, pouring into the mouth of NYC, a changeless and powerfully flowing constant to the generations and lives lived beside it.
Dark wave, early New Romantic, Minimal Synth, Shoegaze, Folk, Black Metal, No Wave, Industrial & Hardcore share space with one of a kind vast classic arrangements of intricate Woodwinds, Strings, World Instruments and live band style orchestration with the dynamic range and subtlety reminiscent of the Golden Days of studio recording. Mostly performed by Ian, with guest performances from the corners of the NYC Heavier Music, New Music, Indie, Jazz and Chamber Music scenes.
Influences of 90’s Bowie, later Talk Talk records, Scott Walker late 60’s solo records, Tears for Fears, Leonard Cohen and Ian Curtis can be heard at times along with a daring musical take on 80’s DIY minimal synthwave, some pushing, some paired down softer song arrangements, and some with memorable flamenco guitar.
Produced, arranged and also performed almost entirely by Ian, engineered by Scott Solter (St Vincent, Spoon), Andre Kelhman (Dangermouse) and Rich Bennet (Acme Studios), scheduled for song releases with the singles “I Will Follow You” and “Support” along with video releases, and select local and international shows in 2018/19.
Playing violin in Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center by age 12, Ian’s body of past music work includes his own noted Brooklyn bands Angriest Pussycat, Auto-matic Vaudeville, his own live performances under his name, scores for fashion, dance, reel & archival film scores at NYC Film theaters, and many gallery showcases. He is also noted for his time spent in JANDEK as close collaborator, artist in The Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, the Performa 13 Biennial, film scoring with members of THE RESIDENTS, and his Williamsburg music studio turned arts venue sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts; VAUDEVILLE PARK. Much of his musical years have been spent playing shows along side in the same pool as many NYC/ Williamsburg luminaries such as members from tv on the radio, deerhoof, yeah yeah yeahs, dirty projectors, grizzly bear along with many in the NYC gallery/ museum, avant garde, chamber music, minimal synth and indie scenes.