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James Desautels

Freelance Songwriter & Music Composer

Location:Austin, Texas, United States
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Composer/Producer, 2012 - Present
JDJH Music
Compose and produce music for feature films, TV, games, and commercials
Music Director, 2007 - Present
Austin Pops
Produce concerts, direct musicians, select music and provide overall musical leadership
Strings Teacher, 1996 - Present
Self - Employed
Concertmaster, Pagliacci 2012
Austin Lyric Opera
Lead orchestra, perform solos, produce bowings, and select extra musicians
Principal Violin II, 1996-2013
Austin Lyric Opera
Violin Sub, 1996 - Present
Austin Symphony
Violin - Contractor, 1996 - Present
Performances for private clients, community organizations and Fortune 500 companies
Contractor, 2010 - Present
Lake Travis United Methodist Church
Contract musicians as required including full orchestra and string quartet
Contractor, 2007 - Present
The Lakeway Church
Composer and Publisher (Jamie D Music), 2006 - Present
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Strings Teacher, 2010
Westlake Music and Arts Academy, Lanier High School
Contractor - Concertmaster, 2009 - 2010
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Contracted musicians for Opera Theater and Choral Programs
Producer - Arranger, 2005 - 2007
Vitamin Records
Produced audio recordings for commercial record label and composed arrangements
Violin - String Arranger, 2001 - 2005
David Byrne
Performed as violinist for live performances, recordings, television, radio broadcasts and composed arrangements
Teacher - Chamber Coach, 1999 - 2002
Austin Chamber Music Center
Violin, 1999 - 2002
Austin Chamber Orchestra
Music and concert preparation with musicians from Dallas Chamber Orchestra
Violin - Victoria Bach Festival (1999, 1997), Violin Extra - San Antonio Symphony (1998-2001), Violin - Breckenridge Music Institute (1997), Violin Extra - Tucson Symphony (1995)
Music and concert preparation as orchestral and chamber musician
Concertmaster, 1994 - 1996
Catalina Chamber Orchestra
Leader of orchestra in concerts and rehearsals

Live performances on 5 continents in 36 countries - 176 cities
53 operas in 16 seasons and a performance with Grammy winner Luciano Pavarotti as Principal Violin II with Austin Lyric Opera
Concertmaster for Austin Lyric Opera's Pagliacci (2012)
Austin Symphony: Leon Fleisher - recipient of The Kennedy Center Honors, Diahann Carroll, Sarah Chang, Jon Nakamatsu - Van Cliburn Gold Medal winner, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and with Grammy winners Elvis Costello, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Doc Severinsen and The Temptations
BUGA Festival: Musical Ambassador for the city of Austin in Koblenz, Germany
David Byrne: Grammy Winner, Academy Award Winner, member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Talking Heads. World Tours 2001-2005 with performances at Apollo Theater, Bonnaroo Festival for 85 000 people, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw in Brugge - Belgium, Disney Hall, Hollywood Bowl, London's Royal Festival Hall, Town Hall - a National Historic Site, Peter Gabriel's Womad Festival in Greece and the U.K.
American String Teachers Association conference, David Amram, Arcade Fire, Aspecta Stage Japan - the largest outdoor stage in the world, Austin Chamber Music Center, Austin Singers, Marcia Ball, Ballet Austin, Barton Strings, Breckenridge Music Institute Orchestra, Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show, Catalina Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Soloists of Austin, Chorus Austin, Christopher Cross, Conspirare, Creative Opportunity Orchestra, Sheena Easton, Guy Forsyth, Michael Fracasso, Kellye Gray, Nanci Griffith, Sara Hickman, Irving Symphony, Kumamoto Festival Orchestra Japan, Jimmy LaFave, Ray LaMontagne, Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Rejane Magloire of Indeep, Kathy Mattea, Don McLean, Abra Moore, Neo Camerata, NHL All Star Game, XV Winter Olympics, Jeffrey Osborne, Bernadette Peters, Round Top, San Antonio Symphony, Frank Sinatra Jr., Texas Choral Consort, Tosca Strings, Tucson Symphony, Beth Ullman, Victoria Bach Festival, Lyric Opera of Waco, Wild Basin Winds, Deniece Williams, Zilker Summer Musical, and with Grammy winners Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, Willie Nelson - Austin City Limits Moody Theater opening, Pearl Jam and Ray Price

PBS Austin City Limits: David Byrne, Ray LaMontagne, Pearl Jam. This production space has been recognized as an Historic Rock and Roll Landmark Site by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
KUT Radio with Austin Pops - Music Director and Conductor
Solo Violinist on soundtrack to Hollywood film Badland - Performer and Composer
Scott Becker Time and Money - Performer and Composer of string arrangements
Ray Benson Beyond Time Audium/Koch Records
The Biscuit Brothers & The Wild Basin Winds Ferdinand the Bull Summit Records
Johnny Bush
CBC National Radio - Performer and String Arranger
Champion Sisters Christmas With The Champion Sisters IS Records
Billy Crockett Wishing Sky Blue Rock Records - Performer and Contractor
David Byrne Grown Backwards Nonesuch Records
Jade Day Of Waking - Performer and Composer of string arrangements
Disney Records Disney Classics Just the Music vol. 1 and vol. 2, Be My Friend, Toy Story 2, Ultimate Swashbuckler inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean
Glover Gill Touch Tango Ballet
Andrew Heller I Believe In Angels Heller Records
Britni Hoover Country Strong - Performer and Composer of string arrangements
Interstellar String Quartet Tribute to Interpol Vitamin Records - Performer, Producer and Composer of string arrangements
Later with Jools Holland BBC
Late Show with David Letterman CBS
Late Night with Conan O'Brien NBC
Live at Union Chapel BBC/Warner DVD with David Byrne
Lucky Strikes Song & Dance
Mad World Strung Out on Pearl Jam Vitamin Records - Performer, Producer and Composer of string arrangements
Rejane Magloire Forbiden Opera Virgin Classics
Mark MacMinn Hot World - Performer and Composer of string arrangements
Phil Marshall There
Don McLean Starry Starry Night PBS
Microsoft Casino
Todd Miller Bring Him Home
Abra Moore Everything Changed DVD
National television commercials
The Office NBC - First Violinist on soundtrack to final episode
On the Record with Bob Costas HBO
Bruce Robison Eleven Stories Sustain Records
String Quartet Tribute to Arcade Fire's Funeral Vitamin Records: Performer, Producer and Composer of string arrangements
Will Taylor & Strings Attached Collaborations
Violinist on soundtrack to Hollywood film To the Wonder (Terrence Malick)
Trytones Year of the Dragon: Songwriter, Producer, and Multi-instrumentalist
Featured in U and On Campus magazines, violin featured in On Stage magazine
VAST April
Catherine Woodruff Lazy Afternoon

Millenium Prize
Upstanding Alumnus - University of Calgary
Awarded nearly 100 trophies for fiddle competitions across Canada
First Prize - Grand North American Open Fiddle Championship
Dallas Morning News: the number one live show - David Byrne
Rolling Stone magazine: top ten of live touring shows - David Byrne
Annie Barnhart Giles Centennial Scholarship, Thomas J. Gibson IV Scholarship, Marguerite Fairchild Endowed Presidential Scholarship
Winner of President's Concerto Competition - University of Arizona
Former student from teaching studio currently attending Julliard School

Doctor of Musical Arts abd, University of Texas at Austin
Master of Music, University of Arizona 1996
Bachelor of Music with Distinction, University of Calgary 1994
Music Performance Diploma, Mount Royal College Conservatory (now Mount Royal University) 1992

ADDITIONAL SKILLS: Piano, Viola, and French

Board of Directors, 2008-2009
American Federation of Musicians Local 433
501 c (5) labor union: represented 500 professional musicians as a member of the board
Human resources, Wednesdays 2006-2008
Provided aid to former professional musician who is now a partial quadriplegic

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), voting member
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), composer and publisher member
American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), current member and past board member of #433
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