Owen PallettOn Our Show: March 19, 2011
Birth Year: 1979
Origin: Toronto, Canada
About Owen Pallett:
Born in 1979, Owen Pallett, the son of a church-playing organist, began playing the violin and piano at the age of three and composed his first piece at thirteen. While studying composition at the University of Toronto, he joined the band Picastro. He went on to form Les Mouches who gained early fame with their 2004 album, You’re Worth More to Me Than 1000 Christians.
Eventually, Pallett began performing as a solo artist known as Final Fantasy. It was during this period that Pallett began layering the sounds of his 135-year old violin into big compositions. Working on the Final Fantasy project, Pallet began collaborating with the Montreal rock band, Arcade Fire, on their successful album, Funeral. He soon became both their opening act and a violinist with the band.
He attracted a lot of attention as an arranger, and has worked with other bands including the Hidden Cameras, Stars, Grizzly Bear, and Beirut. Apart from the indie music scene, he has had commissions from Bang on a Can, the Vancouver CBC Orchestra, and Fine Young Classicals. In 2010, Pallett released his third Final Fantasy album, Heartland.