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James O’Callaghan (Canada), Music, Residency 15 October – 15 December 2017

James O’Callaghan (Canada), Music, Residency 15 October – 15 December 2017

The residence takes place within the framework of an exchange program in cooperation with the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Goethe-Institut Montreal and Le Vivier – Carrefour des musiques.

The Canadian composer James O 'Callaghan was selected by HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden as this year's music scholarship. As part of an exchange program he was invited to HELLERAU for two months. The composer and sound artist O'Callaghan uses elements of classical chamber music and diverse computer-assisted techniques in his compositions. His music intersects acoustic and electroacoustic media, employing field recordings, amplified found objects, computer-assisted transcription of environmental sounds, and unique performance conditions.

During his residency in HELLERAU, he will devote himself “to a period of dedicated composition and research on a new series of works for soloists. In these works, the instrumentalist is accompanied by a ‘disembodied copy’ of their instrument, activated by electronic sound.”

born 1988, is a composer and sound artist based in Montréal. Originally from Vancouver, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts honours degree from Simon Fraser University in 2011, studying among others with Barry Truax. He later received a Master of Music degree in composition from McGill University in 2014 while studying with Philippe Leroux. 

On 12 December, O'Callaghan will be a guest at Max Rademann's „Dienstagssalon“, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 5601109 Dresden. More information in our schedule


Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden