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ABOUT

Called “stark, haunting elegance” with “intimate focus” by The Washington Post and "ethereal" by The Wire, the music of Colombian-born composer and electroacoustic musician James Díaz embodies a spectrum of compositional practices, blending digital techniques and collaborative exploration. From electronic compositions to amplified solo works, orchestral pieces, and multimedia creations, his music strives to evoke distinctive sonic textures, assemble resonant sound masses, and construct immersive environments. 

 

Recently, the New York Philharmonic and the Juilliard  MAP Orchestra premiered his work "and does the Moon also fall?" at the Lincoln Center. Additionally, in May 2023, James’ was selected New Artist of the Month by Musical America Worldwide.

 

James has won multiple international and national awards. In 2022, James was selected as one of the commissioned composers for the Composition Inclusion program and one of the winners of the National Sawdust's Digital Discovery Festival New Works Commission in 2020. In Colombia, James has won all the major composition awards, such as the 2015 National Prize of Music in Composition and the  2014 National Prize for the Reopening of the Teatro Colón from the Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia, the 2018 Bogotá Philharmonic Prize in Composition, for his orchestral piece "Frack[in]g", as well as the 2015 Bogotá Philharmonic Prize for Wind Band, and the 2012 Bogotá Philharmonic Prize for Chamber Music. 

 

James’ works have been performed by leading orchestras including the Basel Sinfonietta, the Cologne Radio Orchestra (WDR Sinfonieorchester), the Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, La Nueva Filarmonía, American Composers Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín, Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's and by ensembles such as The New York New Music EnsembleLongleash, Sō Percussion, Yarn/Wire, HUB New Music, TAK Ensemble, National Sawdust Ensemble, Unheard-of//ensemble, among others. James’ music has been featured in festivals such as Time:Spans in New York, ACHT BRÜCKEN, and SinusTon in Germany, Culturescapes in Switzerland, and the International Winter Festival of Campos Do Jordao in Brazil. Similarly, in collaboration with filmmaker/producer Leticia Akel, his film music has been presented at the SIFF Seattle International Film Festival ShortsFest, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Madrid FCM-PNR Festival, Cinemaissí Festival (Finland), and the Huesca, Quito, Sao Paulo, and Santiago international festivals.

 

James, serving as the first-time ever composer-in-residence for the Medellin Philharmonic, premiered "RETRO," his largest work for orchestra and electronics in 2019. 

 

​Currently, James is working on his studio album “[speaking in a foreign language]” with violinist Julia Suh; the album will be released in 2024. 

 

James' music is exclusively published by Project Schott New York (PSNY).

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