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. Ian sings one of a kind 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, rivertowns and natural gothic landscape along the Hudson River. The Hudson’s ancient mysticism and blue lore as a changeless and powerfully flowing constant to lives lived beside it.
Dark wave, early New Romantic, Minimal Synth, Shoegaze, Folk, Black Metal, No Wave, Industrial & Hardcore with vast arrangements of Woodwinds, Strings, World Instruments and live band style orchestration often 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 with 80’s DIY minimal synthwave along with paired down softer song arrangements, and flourishes of 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 music work includes his film scores for Netflix, short films, dance, his live archival Noir Nights, solo score pieces, his past noted Brooklyn indie bands Angriest Pussycat, Auto-matic Vaudeville, and his current band project, LOST ANIMALS.
He is also known for his time spent in and a member of JANDEK as a close collaborator, solo artist for live film scoring and foley in The Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra debut, tow honorariums as artist in the Performa 13 Biennial, his first film score produced with past members of THE RESIDENTS, and his legendary 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, with many in the NYC indie, avant garde, new music, classical, jazz and darkwave, minimal synth scenes.
He operates out of his Army of One Productions Studio at Rockwood Studios in Ridgewood Queens, NYC.