COMPOSER for film, television and games, VIOLIN, PRODUCER, SONGWRITER, ARRANGER, CONDUCTOR
JAMES DESAUTELS is an accomplished composer, violinist, songwriter, conductor, and producer. From concert halls, rock clubs, and outdoor festivals to recording studios, he is enjoying a 20+ year full-time career in the music-entertainment industry. He has performed on 5 continents and in 36 countries.
Born in Calgary, Canada, Jamie began studying classical violin at age 5. Two years later he began studying fiddle, country, and bluegrass music. As a teenager he toured internationally performing classical and fiddle music. Upon achieving a Music Performance Diploma from Mount Royal University Conservatory at age 19 and a Bachelor of Music degree with Distinction from the University of Calgary at age 21, Jamie moved to the United States and achieved a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona. He then moved to Austin, Texas and studied for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, obtaining All But Dissertation.
As a FILM COMPOSER, Jamie's music can be heard in the short film 'Talk Radio'. He is the SOLO VIOLINIST on the soundtrack to the Hollywood movie 'Badland'. He is first violinist on the soundtrack for the series finale episode of 'The Office' (NBC), and a violinist on the soundtrack for Terence Malick's film 'To the Wonder'.
Jamie first gained international attention when he was invited to tour with David Byrne and Tosca Strings. Initially hired as a violinist, his role expanded when he began composing string arrangements for the group. Jamie has worked with David Amram, Arcade Fire, Austin Pops Orchestra, Marcia Ball, Garth Brooks, Diahann Carroll, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Christopher Cross, Sheena Easton, Falls, Nanci Griffith, Neon Hitch, Diana Krall, Ray LaMontagne, Yo-Yo Ma, Rejane Magloire of Indeep & Technotronic, Kathy Mattea, Bobby McFerrin, Don McLean, Willie Nelson, Jeffrey Osborne, Luciano Pavarotti, Pearl Jam, Itzhak Perlman, Bernadette Peters, Ray Price, Bruce Robison, San Antonio Symphony, Doc Severinsen, Frank Sinatra Jr., the Temptations, Thee Phantom, Vast, and Yoshiki.
Jamie's clients include Audium/Koch, Blue Rock, Disney, Microsoft, Nonesuch, Virgin Classics, Vitamin, and Warner.
We have been in the industry since 1994.