2016-17 CONTEMPORALE Series: Owen Pallett

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Curated by Split Works

Presents: Owen Pallett

“Ambitious, cleverly arranged, dense with possible meaning– and, yes, a little strange” – Pitchfork

All the way from Mississauga, Canada, we are thrilled to present a special Contemporale show for Owen Pallett.

He’s a violinist and composer of gorgeous, dizzying songs; soaring violins creating loops that pull listeners into his fantasy world. His take on indie-pop is intricate and layered. Pallett’s compositions are universes in miniature, worth exploring time and time again.Case in point: His score for Spike Jonze’sHer,nominated for an Oscar in 2014.

Winner of the inaugural Polaris Music Prize, Palletthas a long and illustrious back catalogue under both his birth name and as ‘Final Fantasy’, his previous moniker. He’s worked with Arcade Fire, Mika, The National, Franz Ferdinand and countless others, ranging from forceful krautrock and brutal prog to serene neo-classical compositions.

On stage, Pallett is “moody, majestic, cosmic.” Finding “beauty in a blizzard of sound.” [The Guardian].Leading the audience into uncharted musical waters and strange new worlds.

Saturday 22 April 2017 at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Chamber Hall. Expect avant-garde orchestral pop at its finest, delivered with quirky, pointed humour.

Owen Pallett’s glittering career has been punctuated with collaborations with the likes of Arcade Fire, The National, Mika, Jim Guthrie, Linkin Park and more.He’s also worked with The National Ballet of Canada, The Vancouver CBC Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on commissions.

Pallett has released four solo albums. 2005’s Has A Good Home and 2006’s He Poos Clouds, released under the ‘Final Fantasy’ moniker, were playful and irreverent. But it was 2010’s Heartland and 2014’s In Conflict that established his name as a virtuoso contemporary artist and composer. His music forthe science fiction hitHer, for which he received an Acacemy Award nomination,brought his style into mainstream consciousness.

Like that film, Pallett confronts you with the beauty of our own world and makes you believe in the magical existence of others.

April22 at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Chamber Hall.Guaranteed to prove an enduring highlight of 2017.

CONTEMPORALE Presents: Owen Pallett
Date: Saturday, April 22 2017
*Performance will start promptly at 7:45pm. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to show time.
Price:180 / 120 / 80 RMB
Tickets (SOUL OUT!): http://www.shsymphony.com/item-index-id-709.html
Location: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Hall
Address: 1380 Middle Fuxing Road, Xuhui District, near Baoqing Road

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra official website:www.sh-symphony.com
Split Works official website:www.spli-t.com
Owen Pallett official website:www.owenpalletteternal.com/

About Contemporale:
The Contemporale series began in the autumn of 2014 as a collaboration between the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Split Works and hosts exciting contemporary musical acts in a classical music environment, at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s new home in downtown Shanghai.

The 2014-15 season saw piano, guitar and strings from the Ukraine (LubomyrMelnyk), Canada (Moonface) and the US (Bill Callahan).  The 2015-16 season saw seven sold-out shows from six artists, including three performances in the 1,200 seat Concert Hall. These ranged from the neo-classical (OlafurArnalds), avant-pop (Julia Holter) and baroque (John Grant) to alt-rock (Destroyer), folk (Damien Rice) and modern country (Lambchop).

About Split Works:
Split Works has been rocking in the free (ish) world since 2006. Working with inspirational artists from across the globe, the good people at Split Works HQ have been a key contributor to the continued rise of China’s music scene.

Split Works has launched five music festivals and promoted over 400 tours to 30 Chinese cities, always striving to stay true to a familiar refrain: the music has to be special, every single time. From Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Sonic Youth, from Thee Oh Sees to Mac Demarco and Shabazz Palaces, from Black Rabbit to JUE and Wooozy to Echo Park and More Music. We love music, we love China and we love you.

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