The [kaj] ensemble has such top-rate (and obviously adventurous) musicians that this writer will be in attendance at their next performance.

- Harry Rolnick, ConcertoNet.com

The [kaj] ensemble has such top-rate (and obviously adventurous) musicians that this writer will be in attendance at their next performance.

~ Harry Rolnick, ConcertoNet.com

Current Events

The focus this spring is on 

       Education and Community 

Specifically, Kevin will be presenting lecture recital presentations at Michigan State University and Wayne State University on topics including "Making a Career of it: New Music, Outreach and the art of Connecting Communities".  

He'll also be leading workshops hosted by the Detroit Symphony,  alongside the awesome composer/violinist, Jessie Montgomery, focused on preparing Teaching Artists and composers to put new music at the center of their educational practices.

Dates, Times and Locations

Thursday January 31, 2:30pm
at  MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY - Chamber Music Hall

 

Friday February 1, 11:30am
at  WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY

see the websites of each school's music department for further details

 

Saturday & Sunday March 2-3

at the Max and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA EarShot 

Education and Community Engagement workshops

see the website of the American Composers Orchestra for complete details

Your Name Here.....

Are YOU performing Kevin's music this season? Make sure you let us know and we'll help you get the word out.

Some Past Events 

That Make Us Proud

Make Music Day 2016 

Check out the VIDEO here!

Are you interested in BOOKING or PROGRAMMING a performance?

Many thanks to HARMAN/JBL, Tilt Brass, Iktus Percussion, Make Music NY, and Whimsical Apps for your support.

click on the image for a detailed description of the piece

The Vanishing Languages Project

Experience the culmination of this wildly original project through the premieres of 3 new works with 5 world class ensembles in an intimate musical conversation with the last speakers of 3 nearly extinct languages.

Performances took place in NEW YORK at ROULETTE  on March 28 and 29, 2013 AND in SAN FRANCISCO at the ODC THEATER on April 5 and 6, 2013.

New York Times
"Best of 2013" list

Are you interested in BOOKING or PROGRAMMING a performance?

 

Email Kevin at

kajensemble:::at:::gmail:::dot:::com

Colors on WWFM: 'Radio Radiance'

Radio Radiance
Two-hour broadcast featuring
Young People's Chorus of New York City
Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director/Founder

 

Celestial Fire

Thomas Cabaniss

The City                 

Susie Ibarra

Colors 

Kevin James

WICBM 

Toby Twining


Recorded and broadcast by WWFM The Classical Network
Streamed worldwide at www.wwfm.org

The Young People's Chorus invites youth choruses nationwide to premiere a Radio Radiance piece of their choice in their local areas. 

 

If you'd like to perform Colors as a part of the radio radiance network, email the YPC at:

information@ypc.org

Colors - Young People's Chorus
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Radio Radiance was created by Francisco Núñez in 2009 to expand the influence of YPC's acclaimed Transient Glory commissioning program and has been funded since its inception by the National Endowment for the Arts. Through broadcasts on such radio outlets as American Public Media's Performance Today and WNYC, New York Public Radio, Radio Radiance has introduced millions of listeners to this fresh and innovative choral music, while at the same time invigorating the repertoire for young people.

The four new Radio Radiance compositions to aired in September 2014 were recorded before a live audience in April in a concert at the 92nd Street Y hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer. In Colors, a palette of digital audio tools enables YPC to accompany itself.  The program was streamed worldwide at 
www.wwfm.org and could also be heard in New York City and surrounding areas via an HD Radio partnership with Columbia University-WKCR at 89.9HD2 and in Philadelphia via HD Radio at 89.5HD2.

Podcasts of each of the four works, are available for streaming on the YPC Web site at
http://ypc.org/radioradiance/ where additional information about Radio Radiance can be found.

100 Waltzes for John Cage

In honor of John Cage’s 100th birthday celebration, Kevin James has created a concert-length homage which intuits how Cage might have approached the project, if he had possessed the technological tools that we have easily at our disposal today.

The work is titled 100 Waltzes for John Cage. It is a randomly-evolving soundscape made up of 9 transient iPad-equipped musicians, 100 waltzes, quad speakers & audio from 147 New York City locations in a sublime expression of "the 10,000 things".



The work is modeled on the techniques of 49 Waltzes for the 5 Boroughs - specifically the use of the I-Ching to randomly select 147 locations in New York City. However, in James’ version the 64 hexagram possibilities correlate to the minutes and seconds of GPS locations (instead of grid marks in a Hagstrom Map book) and recordings of the ambient natural (or unnatural) environment are made at each of those locations. In performance these ambient sounds are delivered through quad speakers placed at the corners of the performance space. The length of each sample, the entrance time of the following sample and the pair of speakers delivering the sound are all completely randomized.

NEW YORK performances took place in Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center on August 21st, 22nd, & 23rd, 2012 



Are you interested in BOOKING or PROGRAMMING a performance?

 

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kajensemble:::at:::gmail:::dot:::com

Speaking in Tongues

Fulcrumpoint New Music Project, directed by Stephen Burns presented 'Speaking in Toungues': a concert of music and dance featured three world premieres by Kevin James, Vivian Fung and Geoffrey Gordon.  Kevin's Jawoyn Dreamscape is the second work in his Vanishing Languages series.

 

Celebrating love and spiritual landscapes through music, electronics, and spngs inspired by the languages and lore of aboriginal Jawoyn, tribal folk songs from Yunnan and titan of poetry Ted Hughes, the program included:

  • Vivan Fung, Yunnan Folk Songs

  • Mischa Zupka, Rising

  • Kevin James, Jawoyn Dreamscapes

  • Geoffrey Gordon, Tiger Psalms

CHICAGO performances took place on March 22nd, 2011 at the Harris Theater for Music & Dance

 A Chicago Classical
"Top Ten Performance of 2011"

Are you interested in BOOKING or PROGRAMMING a performance?

 

Email Kevin at

kajensemble:::at:::gmail:::dot:::com

Sadako's Prayers for Peace

This work was commissioned by the Chicago Humanities Festival in conjunction with Fulcrum Point New Music Project. It featured  the Contemporary Vocal Enesmeble of Indiana University and was the centerpiece of a weeklong residency at University of Indiana conducted by Kevin and Maestro Burns.

 

The Premiere performance kicked off the inaugural MUSIC NOW! Festival in Chicago.

 

CHICAGO performances took place on October 22nd 2006 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and on December 5 at the Harris Theater.

Are you interested in BOOKING or PROGRAMMING a performance?

 

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kajensemble:::at:::gmail:::dot:::com

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