photo: Michael Slobodian

James O’Callaghan (b. 1988) is a composer and sound artist based in Montréal praised for his “mastery of materials and musical form” (Electromania, Radio France). His music has been described as “very personal… with its own colour anchored in the unpredictable” (Goethe- Institut). His work spans chamber, orchestral, live electronic and acousmatic idioms, audio installations, and site-specific performances. It often employs field recordings, amplified found objects, computer-assisted transcription of environmental sounds, and unique performance conditions.

His music has been the recipient of over 30 prizes and nominations, including the ISCM Young Composer Award (2017), the Salvatore Martirano Award (2016), and the Jan V. Matejcek Award in New Classical Music (2018). Significant nominations include those for the Gaudeamus Award (2016), Prix Métamorphoses (2018), and a JUNO Award for classical composition of the year (2014).

Originally from Vancouver, he received a Master of Music degree in composition from McGill University in 2014, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts honours degree from Simon Fraser University in 2011. He is a founding member and co-director of the Montréal Contemporary Music Lab, and an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

James O’Callaghan (née en 1988) est un compositeur et artiste sonore basé à Montréal, acclamé pour sa «grande maîtrise des matériaux et de la forme musicale» (Électromania, Radio France). Sa musique a été décrite comme «bien personnelle, qui possède sa propre couleur ancrée dans l’imprévisible» (Goethe-Institut). Son travail comprend de la musique de chambre, orchestrale, de l’électroacoustique en direct, de l’acousmatique, des installations sonores et des performances in situ. Il tire souvent son matériel sonore d’objets trouvés amplifiés ainsi que des sons de l’environnement naturel et urbain.

Sa musique a reçu plus de trente prix et nominations, y compris le SICM Young Composer Award (2017), le prix Salvatore Martirano (2016) et le prix Jan V. Matejcek en nouvelle musique classique (2018). Sa musique a aussi été en nomination au Gaudeamus Award (2016), au Prix Métamorphoses (2018) et au Prix Juno dans la catégorie «Composition classique de l’année» (2014).

Originaire de Vancouver, Il est titulaire d’une maîtrise en musique (2014) de l’Université McGill, et il a reçu son baccalauréat en beaux-arts de l’Université Simon Fraser en 2011. Il est membre fondateur et co-directeur du Laboratoire de musique contemporaine de Montréal et il est compositeur agréé du Centre de musique canadienne.


Alone & Unalone

Release Date: October 25, 2019
Catalog Number: RR8020
21st Century
New from Ravello Records comes composer James O’Callaghan’s ALONE AND UNALONE, a scintillating dance between reality and abstraction that is sure to spark the listener’s imagination and unearth their most primal misgivings. Montréal-based O’Callaghan has been laurelled with innumerable awards and prizes for his work–and rightfully so. Marrying traditional instruments, ambient sounds, and the incomparable power of the human voice, ALONE AND UNALONE dares the listener to grapple with solitude.