Jamie Hugh Caerlleon O'Callaghan was born in 1963 in the UK of Welsh/Irish parents and grew up in South Yorkshire and the coastal area around Newcastle. Although he was involved in music from a very early age (New Wave, electronics etc), it wasn't until he turned 20 that he realised he wanted to become a professional musician/composer. So he went back to school to obtain the necessary qualifications.
He completed his music studies at Kingston University London in 1991.
During his studies he became fascinated by music theory and composition and was inspired by composers such as Debussy, Messiaen, Alun Hoddinott, William Alwyn and Arnold Bax but also by the minimalistic and spiritual nature of Hindu music and (film) composers Phil Glass and Bernard Herrmann. As a viola and double bass player he acquired hands on experience of compositional harmony and balance in various orchestral settings. His love of orchestral, minimal and film music has coloured his work ever since and can be found in his contemporary compositions, his projects and collaborations with various artists as well as in the electronic/ambient music with his ensemble 'The colour of time'. With his Celtic origins as a continuous source of inspiration.
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