[ in the press ]

Prepared Guitar: 13 Questions for Alumnus James Moore


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Prepared Guitar | Thirteen Questions Series

James Moore is a versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has been active in New York since 2006, earning the titles of “local electric guitar hero” by Time Out New York and “model new music citizen” by the New York Times. Performing on a wide array of guitars, banjos, mandolins and home-made instruments, James incorporates his classical training and a healthy dose of improvisation, theatrics, and experimentation.

You may have found James in a variety of performance situations: at the Ghent Jazz Festival performing John Zorn’s Book of Heads for solo guitar; at the Pompidou Center in Paris as an on-stage musician and actor for playwright Richard Maxwell’s Neutral Hero; at the Brooklyn Academy of Music playing the music George Crumb on mandolin and singing saw with soprano Dawn Upshaw; at the Fringe Theater in Hong Kong presenting apocalyptic multimedia works with his guitar quartet Dither; At the Kennedy Center in Washington DC performing David Lang’s electrified music for Susan Marshall’s dance piece Play/Pause; at the Barbican Center in London playing the music of Michael Gordon with Alarm Will Sound; at the Whitney Museum interpreting graffiti compositions by Christian Marclay with Elliott Sharp; at The World Financial Center strumming a ukulele with the pop/chamber group Clogs; at the Kitchen playing with members of Wilco and The National.

Published November 10, 2014
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[ alumni ]

YSM alumni receive grants from New Music USA


On February 24, 2014, New Music USA awarded $337,000 to sixty musical projects, six of which involve YSM alumni. New Music USA is dedicated to public advocacy for new music.

The 2013 Grammy award-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth, an avant-garde vocal octet, blends all forms of non-Western singing techniques to create a unique 21st-century classical music sound. The ensemble’s first album was lauded as “fiercely beautiful, and bravely, utterly exposed” (NPR) and “the future of vocal music” (WQXR). The ensemble will use the grant to take on two new commissions featuring Sufi and Persian singing and to record a second album.

Yale faculty composer David Lang received a grant for his piece love fail, written for the vocal quartet Anonymous 4. MORE

Published March 4, 2014
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[ career strategies ]

Yale Daily News: Panel discusses careers in music

Yale Daily News
By David Kurkovskiy

At a Tuesday morning panel discussion, alumni of the School of Music advised current students to take risks and pursue innovative projects.

Roughly 20 students attended the panel, which was held as part of a School of Music course on sustainable careers in the field of music but was open to the entire Yale community. The discussion was moderated by Astrid Baumgardner, the class instructor, who said she organized the panel to show students the different ways one can succeed in the music field.

The speakers, Missy Mazzoli MUS ’06, Mellissa Hughes MUS ’06, James Moore MUS ’06, and Owen Dalby ’06 MUS ’07, discussed their experiences as performers trained in classical music who are now pursuing projects involving contemporary music. The speakers highlighted the way their Yale education has influenced their growth as musicians, providing them with a network of performers with whom they could cooperate after graduation. MORE

Published November 20, 2013
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[ events ]

Office of Career Strategies presents panel discussion Nov. 19



The Office of Career Strategies announces its next career event: a panel discussion among YSM alumni that will take place Tuesday, November 19 at 10:30am.

The four YSM alumni on the panel will speak about entrepreneurship and how they created successful careers after studying at Yale. There will be opportunities for audience questions, as well as time to meet the panelists after the event.

Space is limited, so interested students should RSVP early.

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Published November 13, 2013
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