Ryan Lott studied composition and piano at Indiana University School of Music before moving to Cleveland, OH, where he lived for six years and earned 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, South America, and Europe, including the Guggenheim's Works & Process Series, and the World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia.
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. What Ryan, as Son Lux, wove together over 4 years in his attic studio, is critically acclaimed as one of the best records of 2008. It is At War With Walls and Mazes, an impressive debut which earned Son Lux the title of "Best New Artist" by NPR's All Songs Considered.
Ryan moved to New York City in 2007 while still finishing up the Son Lux record, and has since become a sought-after arranger and remixer, reimaging the music of Beirut, Nico Muhly, My Brightest Diamond, and many others. Film credits include arranging and programming for the score for The Brothers Bloom (2008). Recent commissions include three works for NYC choreographer Stephen Petronio, co-commissioned by Ballet de Lorraine, National Dance Company Wales, and OtherShore NYC. Present projects include a series of new releases under the Son Lux moniker, and a new work for Atlanta Ballet.