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Simon Angell

Montreal, QC.

Thus Owls

Simon Angell has been performing on the professional music circuit for almost 20 years, his main means of expression being the guitar, but he is not limited solely to the six stringed instrument. By 19 years old he had toured North America on three different occasions, was in the house band for Juste Pour Rire and fronted 7 shows at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Since that time, Simon has recorded and toured with many different artists of varying musical styles, such as Ramachandra Borcar (Ramasutra), Patrick Watson, Marie-Jo Therio, Amon Tobin, DJ Champion and Matt Holubowski, to name only a few.

Through his networks, Simon has had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the great players and producers of our time, including Steve Reich, Philip Glass, John Cale (of Velvet Underground fame) and the Godfather of Soul himself James Brown, as well as some recording projects with Grammy award winning producer Tony Black (Alysha Keys). His interest in avant-garde/actuelle music brought him together with guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn, etc.) who helped Simon discover a whole new world of sonic possibilities. Through these sessions, and personal experimentation using many different outside elements (ie-balloons, toothbrushs, chains, etc.) he has found a sound uniquely his own.

From 2005 to 2012, when not working on his own projects in Québec and Sweden, Simon focused a fair amount of his attention to performing, composing and recording with Patrick Watson and the Wooden Arms, a group in which he is a key member. They have toured the globe, from Quebec to Singapore and everywhere in between and in 2007 won the Polaris Prize for their album “Close to Paradise”. In the summer of 2009, they performed the “Grand Évenement” at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Simon was also a featured artist in Guitar Player Magazine (October 2009 issue).

Simon has scored and performed for the film Montreal Stories 1971 by Vanya Rose, and was nominated for a “Young Cuts” award for his score for “Camille and the Musical Cherries” (which won the award for best film). He has recently finished composing, arranging, orchestrating and recording the score to the audio accompaniment for the book “Baie Deception”, written by Julie Hétu. And recently, with his partner Erika Angell, whom he co-fronts experimental rock outfit Thus Owls, he scored the films The Seas Between Us (Marlene Edoyan) and is in the process of scoring Woman In Car (Vanya Rose, starring Helene Joy).


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