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Bryan James

Composer

Born: 1949

Biography

Bryan James was born in Auckland on the 23rd of August 1949. Educated at Auckland University 1968-72 (MA Hons, Anthropology); Canterbury 1975-6; Massey 1985-8 (Certificate of Japanese Studies) & 2000-present in final year of PGDipSLT; Christchurch College of Education 1975-76 (Diploma of Tchg in Speech-Language Therapy).

He is a registered music teacher of flute, saxophone and theory and plays soprano, alto and baritone saxophones, concert and alto flutes, and Japanese shakuhachi (an end-blown bamboo flute). Bryan studied traditional shakuhachi playing while living in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan 1992-95. Since returning to NZ, James (also known as James Shinyo) has performed traditional Japanese music in Soyokaze (shakuhachi and koto), and flute ensemble music with Crofton Flute Ensemble also plays in jazz and improvisation ensembles. Featured in 2001 International Jazz Festival with quartet playing traditional Japanese music blended with jazz. Interested in music outside of the western art music tradition and extended techniques for woodwinds. As well as studying traditional music in Japan, had lessons on the Chinese flute (dizi) while at Hunan Normal University in Changsha, China Dec 1986-Jan 1987.

Currently Bryan is employed as a secondary school teacher of Japanese and French at Te Kura, New Zealand Correspondence School. Here, he is the curriculum leader for languages. He is married with 5 children.


Composed (18)

Blue Pig (Composition XVII)

for saxophone quartet, 3m


Composition II

for solo flute, 7m


Composition XII

for chamber sextet, 5m


Composition XVI

two pieces for two flutes, 5m


Desert Storm (Composition XX)

for saxophone quartet


Ecdysis and Blues (Composition XIV)

two pieces for solo soprano sax, 8m


Goddess

for jazz ensemble


Maire Hill

for flute and piano


Nunns Notice

for jazz ensemble


Rakau I (Composition VII)

for flute and string trio, 15m


Rakau II (Composition X)

for flute and string trio


Song #2 for Juanita

for four flutes (in C), alto flute (in G) and optional double bass, 8m


Tasman Ice

for solo flute, 4m


Two Pieces (Composition XIX)

for solo flute, 2m 50s