James is a percussionist devoted to all sounds new and unheard. Though originally a die-hard fan of indie-rock, he developed an appreciation for orchestral music by joining the Adelaide Youth Orchestra in 2013. James enrolled in a Bachelor of Classical Performance at the Elder Conservatorium the year after, studying with Amanda Grigg. He currently attends the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), in Melbourne.
Before relocating, James particularly enjoyed his time playing modern wind band repertoire with the newly-established Adelaide Wind Orchestra, and still remembers the marathon (sometimes literal) of works performed. He has also played with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, and the Adelaide Concert Collective.
Career highlights include wandering through the woods to find plant materials for John Cage’s Child of Tree at UKARIA 24, playing Edgard Varèse’s landmark work Déserts at ANAM’s American Triptych conference under Steven Schick in 2017, and Xenakis’ Peaux from Pleiades at the 2016 Australian Percussion Gathering.
Moving forward, James plans to continue developing his orchestral studies and forays into new music, and enjoys the opportunities a bigger city such as Melbourne provides. James has a passion for modern chamber music in particular, and is excited to explore this avenue professionally in the future.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously by ANAMsyndicate - Paul & Yvonne Lynch, Michael Schwarz & David Clouston
Photo and video by Pia Johnson