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 intersects acoustic and electroacoustic media, employing field recordings, amplified found objects, computer-assisted transcription of environmental sounds, and unique performance conditions.
His work, spanning chamber, orchestral, live electronic and acousmatic idioms, audio installations, and site-specific performances, has been variously commissioned by the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (INA-GRM), the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Ensemble Paramirabo, Quasar quatuor de saxophones, l’Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, and Standing Wave, among others. In 2016, an album of his acousmatic music was released by empreintes DIGITALes. His work has been recognized through many national and international prizes, including the Robert Fleming Prize (2015), the Salvatore Martirano Award (2016), JTTP (2014), the SOCAN Foundation John Weinzweig Grand Prize (2014), and through nominations in the JUNO Awards (2014), KLANG! Acousmonium (2015), the Prix collégien de musique contemporaine (2016, 17) and the Gaudeamus Award (2016).