Joan Arnau Pàmies

Friday, February 21st, 2014 - 2:45 am


The music of Joan Arnau Pàmies is concerned with the relationship between text, notation, and sound, and the distinction between composition and performance as categorically different activities. His most recent explorations deal with the possibilities of unconventional notational strategies to develop rich formal processes.

Born in Catalonia in 1988, Pàmies’s works have been performed and work-shopped throughout the United States, Canada, Russia, and Europe by ensembles and individuals such as the Arditti Quartet, BCN 216, Dal Niente, Felix Del Tredici, ensemble recherche, Fonema Consort, loadbang, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, New Morse Code, Nora Volkova Ensemble, Kathryn Schulmeister, and Vertixe Sonora Ensemble.

Pàmies holds a Bachelor of Music degree with Honors from the New England Conservatory and is currently pursuing a doctorate in composition at Northwestern University, where he also teaches aural skills. He has lectured on his own work at the University of Huddersfield (CeReNeM), Goldsmiths, University of London, Columbia University, and Northwestern University.

Joan Arnau Pàmies’s music is published by Periferia (Barcelona), Éditions Bar&Co (Limoges), and BabelScores (Paris).