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Maxwell, James 




James B. Maxwell is a composer based in Vancouver, Canada. Along with choreographer Claire French, he is Co-Artistic Director of Restless Productions Society. He studied composition in Vancouver with Owen Underhill and David MacIntyre, and in Prague with Ladislav Kubik. In 2001 he completed his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Simon Fraser University. His work has been broadcast on CBC’s “West Coast Performance” and “Two New Hours”, and has been performed internationally. In the summer of 2000 he received the audience prize in Vancouver New Music’s BC Emerging Composers Competition. He has worked collaboratively in contemporary dance, theatre, and film, creating music for choreographers Claire French and Helen Walkley, for director Mallory Catlett, and for film makers Alex Williams and Alison Beda. He is also interested in wider and more diverse collaborations, working with visual artist Kathleen Ritter on Call to Order for Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre in Kingston, Ontario, with writer Caleb Johnson on the Western Front’s Intersections project, and recently collaborated with Berlin-based artists Hadley+Maxwell on their Standing Wave Séance, for the Seattle Art Museum's 2010 Kurt exhibit. He recently premiered vovere, a concerto for flute and ensemble commissioned by Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble for flutist Mark McGregor. In 2009 he premiered limina, commissioned by McGregor’s duo Tiresias, and his work diffusus for 10 flutes with solo alto flute, was released on McGregor's CD Different Stones. Recent works for dance include Outside Out and Inside Outside In, by choreographer Claire French, both of which were composed collaboratively with Vancouver composer/performer Teresa Connors, and premiered at the Scotiabank Dance Centre. In 2010, James will be collaborating with writer Alex Ferguson on a new one-act chamber opera, based on Chekhov’s short story The Little Apples. The work will be created as a ‘companion piece’ for Maxwell’s 2001 one-act opera sleepyhead, weaving the two stories into a single evening’s performance.

In 2007, while living in the UK, he established “mr. wheet”, an electronica-inspired side-project, integrating elements of his concert music language with his musical beginnings as a kit drummer. The debut CD, “What to do when you find yourself in Brighouse”, was released in December 2008.

James is also active as a researcher and programmer in the field of computer applications for interactive music composition. He is currently a doctoral student at Simon Fraser University, where he is exploring the design and development of computer-assisted composition tools, with a focus on using intelligent, adaptive systems as compositional “collaborators.” His focus is on using cognitively-inspired designs to guide the acquisition and exploitation of musical material in interactive music composition systems.



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