Biography

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Joan Arnau Pàmies is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. Born in Catalonia in 1988, Pàmies’ career spans fifteen years of highly diverse work, which encompasses chamber and ensemble music, unusual forms of music notation, electroacoustic pieces, live electronics performances, and free improvisation on multiple instruments. Stylistically, he is comfortable exploring the boundaries of multiple musical genres, including classical and electronic music, jazz, pop, and experimental music.

Photography by Ken Goddard

Pàmies’ music has been performed by prominent ensembles and soloists, including BCN 216, Chartreuse, Diamanda La Berge Dramm, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Recherche, Fonema Consort, the JACK and Arditti quartets, Jeff Gavett, Jeff Siegfried, Jessica Aszodi, Joan Martí Frasquier, Kathryn Schulmeister, Kevin Toksöz Fairbairn, Laura Cocks, Liam Hockley, Loadbang, Marc Horne, Miranda Cuckson, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, NO_Input Ensemble, TAK Ensemble, Tessa Lark, Tony Rymer, Uusinta, Vertixe Sonora, and William Lang, in venues and festivals such as Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (United Kingdom), MATA, Resonant Bodies Festival, Spectrum, DiMenna Center, The Stone (New York), Ear Taxi, Constellation (Chicago), Center for New Music (San Francisco), Versipel New Music (New Orleans), Tsai Performance Center (Boston), Unruly Music Festival (Milwaukee), Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez (Mexico City), Ostrava New Music Days (Czech Republic), Cité Universitaire (Paris), Darmstädter Ferienkurse (Germany), Kloster Lehnin (Berlin), Intersonanzen Brandenburgisches Fest der Neuen Musik (Potsdam), National Museum Reina Sofía (Madrid), 36th Encontre Internacional de Compositors, ME_MMIX (Palma de Mallorca), Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Santiago de Compostela), Cafè del Teatre (Lleida), Petit Palau, Continental, and Mixtur (Barcelona).

Recent projects include Lied (2020), a piece for ensemble, live electronics, and voice commissioned by Liceu Opera House in Barcelona; Nocturnes, fantasias (2021), an album of new electroacoustic pieces published by Chicago’s contemporary music label Sideband RecordsString Quartet No. 3, “Forma infinita” (2021-22), commissioned by L’Auditori for Barcelona’s International Biennale of String Quartets and premiered by the JACK Quartet; and DES DE LA PROFUNDITAT (2022), a new work for piano, synthesizers, field recordings, and Ableton Live written collaboratively with renowned avant-garde jazz pianist Aruán Ortiz—this project is funded by a Research and Innovation Grant from the Department of Culture of the Government of Catalonia and will be premiered in 2023.

Photography by Jordi Mateu

In addition to his work as a composer, Joan Arnau Pàmies is a pianist who performs his own music on that and other instruments, including electric guitar, bass and double bass, drums, and live electronics. In 2019, Pàmies launched Inlet Industry, a project through which he creates music that mixes elements of ambient, glitch, synth-pop, and techno. As Inlet Industry, he released Dialectics of Collapse (Grans Records, RAT Produccions, 2020), a concept album influenced by science fiction and parallel universes. In the spring of 2023, Inlet Industry will be releasing a brand new track with 7K!, a label based in Berlin which focuses on the intersection of classical, ambient, and avant-garde music.

Pàmies is the founder of Protomaterial Records, a record label launched in 2022 which will be releasing debut albums by Ukranian classical pianist Oksana Shymanska, Mexican composer Luis Fernando Amaya, and Catalan drummer and sound artist Genís Bagés in 2023.

Pàmies is also committed to music as an academic field. This has brought him to give talks and presentations about his music at major research universities and conservatories, including Columbia University, Goldsmiths, University of London, UNAM (Mexico City), University of Nottingham, Harvard University, Real Conservatorio Superior de Música (Madrid), and ESMUC (Barcelona). He has written articles on music, culture, and society for a wide variety of publications, which include Divergence Press, University of Huddersfield Press, &&& Journal, NewMusicBox, Open Space Magazine, and Revista Musical Catalana. Currently, Pàmies is completing a chapter on musicological critique for an upcoming volume for Routledge.

Joan Arnau Pàmies holds a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music (Boston, Massachusetts) and a doctorate from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). Recordings of his music can be found on Sideband Records, Carrier Records, Grans Records, RAT Produccions, and La Mà de Guido.