Kevin James is a New York-based composer, performer, educator, and writer, known for the breadth of his palette and original concepts. James’ experiences working with both geriatric and mentally infirm patients as well as working as a youth family counselor deeply color his approach to composing and to the creative process. James’ recent projects include a multi-media work commissioned by Del Sol String Quartet featuring the other-worldly sounds of the howler monkeys of Nicaragua’s Ometepe Island; and a new work for the Quintet of the Americas involving youth in Far Rockaway to create field recordings focused on the ways urban life and nature bump up against one another in their community.
His music has been heard on WNYC and WQXR, featured at the World Choral Music Symposium, and played by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Oregon Bach Festival. James’ Vanishing Languages Project was named a New York Times “Best of 2013”, Chicago Classical “Best of 2011” and received a feature story on The World. James was the recipient of a JAPAN/US Friendship Commission Fellowship; and three-time recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts individual awards for composition. He’s been commissioned by ETHEL, Del Sol String Quartet, Sirius String Quartet, Quintet of the Americas, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and Young People’s Chorus of NYC. James is the Education Director for the American Composers Orchestra.
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