One of the most distinctive audio/visual performers to date, violinist, producer and film-maker Zan Lyons’ stunning shows have received critical acclaim across the globe as explosive beats collide with melancholic concertos.
Using his laptop and custom foot pedals, Zan loops his violin, voice and sounds while manipulating his haunting visuals to incredible effect. Zan’s film-making process retains the organic approach established by his music. A one man army, Zan directs, shoots, edits, and lights everything himself as well as doing all of the complex animation and visual effects work.
The result is hypnotic and otherworldly, bringing a truly cinematic vision to the audio/visual world. His films have quickly earned Zan high profile recognition with nominations from Lux and the London Short Film Festival and screenings on MTV2 as well as the Cannes, Onedotzero and Raindance Film Festivals.
Recently, Zan has performed with the likes of Battles and Chris Clark as well as collaborating with Warp Records’ Leila and Nicolette. Impressed by Lyons’ unique audio/visual outlook, the UK’s Latitude Festival invited Zan to remix Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. This ever-evolving live reimagining of Scott’s classic sees lyons cut up scenes from the film-splicing in his own work in the process and replacing the soundtrack with his own score.
‘Zan Lyons vs Blade Runner’ has since been performed at: Berlin’s Berghain club; the Big Chill Festival; BFI Southbank; Tresor Berlin; Palma De Mallorca; LEV festival in Spain and the UK’s Leeds Festival with further performances planned for 2010/2011.
Visit Zan Lyons’ website for more music, videos and photos: ZanLyons.com
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