Owen Pallett Biography

Michael James Owen Pallett (born September 7, 1979) is a Canadian composer, violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist, who performs solo as Owen Pallett or, before 2010, under the name Final Fantasy. As Final Fantasy, he won the 2006 Polaris Music Prize for the album He Poos Clouds.

On his Final Fantasy releases, Pallett has collaborated with Leon Taheny, who is credited as drummer and engineer. Following the release of Heartland, Pallett has toured with guitarist/percussionist Thomas Gill and more recently with his former collaborators in Les Mouches, Rob Gordon and Matt Smith.

Pallett has been noted for his live performances, wherein he plays the violin into a loop pedal, a technique also used by musicians such as Andrew Bird, Jeremy Larson, Kishi Bashi, Emily Wells and Zoe Keating. Pallett uses Max/MSP and SooperLooper to do multi-phonic looping, which sends his violin signal to amplifiers across the stage.

In January 2014, Pallett and William Butler were nominated for Best Original Score at the 86th Academy Awards for their work on Her.

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Owen Pallett announces release of new album 'In Conflict'

The Oscar nominated artist's fourth LP will come out on May 12

  • Feb 6, 2014

Matt Damon, Natalie Portman in Owen Pallett-scored '14 Actors Acting' project

James Franco, Javier Bardem and Vincent Cassel also feature

  • Dec 8, 2010

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Owen Pallett - 'In Conflict'

Owen Pallett - 'In Conflict'

US indie's violinist-for-hire adds hints of sci-fi to the gothic aura of his fourth solo record

  • May 23, 2014

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