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Owen Belton has been composing for dance since 1994, year where he was commissioned a score for Crystal Pite’s ballet Shapes Of A Passing (created for the Ballet Jörgen in Toronto), then one for a short film by Dan Sadler, A Hollow Place. Since then, he has been working with many companies, such as Kidd Pivot, the National Ballet of Canada, The Stuttgart Ballet, The Frankfurt Ballet, the Nerderlands Dans Theater and the Cullberg Ballet. Owen Belton also composed the soundtracks of many short films and theatre plays. In 2009, he won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for best dance score for Emergence, a choreography by Crystal Pite, performed by the National Ballet of Canada. In 1993, he graduated from the Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts where he studied composition with Owen Underhill and Barry Truax. He also studied electronic music, and particularly granular synthesis that became a major element in many of his compositions. To him, nothing is too strange and he adds a wide range of acoustic, electronic and everyday life sounds in his compositions. Owen has his own digital music studio where he weaves his sonic webs. He also works as a recording engineer for other composers and musicians, and performs as a singer-songwriter with the band Lost Hombre.
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