James’s unique and extensive oeuvre is reflective of his diverse influences. His appreciation for classical composers such as Bach, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, as well as modern artists like Keiko Abe, Dave Brubeck and Frank Zappa, is apparent in the elegance, complexity and emotional impact of his work.
He has written for a variety of ensembles and is currently producing exciting new work for percussion ensemble in particular. He has also composed for film.
James has had the honor of teaching students of all ages, skill levels, abilities and backgrounds. A percussive multi-instrumentalist with a rich literary, technical and pedagogical knowledge, James provides a unique and inspiriting environment for each student. James maintains a studio in his home in Louisiana.