Joan Arnau Pàmies is a composer, a multi-instrumentalist, and a performing artist. His music has been described as “beautiful in the Aristotelian sense of proportion and harmony” (Revista Musical Catalana) and “chaotic and elemental yet discernibly balanced” (The New York Times).
Born in Catalonia, Pàmies was introduced to music at a very early age. At home, his father, a professor of Catalan literature, would often play records by Miles Davis, Lester Young, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and Glenn Gould. At age three, his mother, a public school teacher, gave him a toy saxophone as a birthday gift. A few years later, Pàmies started learning the piano at a local music school.