James’ diverse arsenal of musical skills make him a tremendous asset as a session musician or band member.
– plays piano and guitar at a professional level.
– is equally comfortable reading music, chord charts, or learning by ear.
– has studied multiple styles of music; specializing in Rock, Pop, Metal, Folk, and Classical.
– is always prepared, punctual, and professional; and laughs a lot, too.
As a composer, James can create the right instrumental mood on demand; or craft the perfect 3-chord anthem and vocal hook. He has written for television and film as a staff member of MJO Productions.
My first assignment for MJO was to write a theme similar to the one from “Pan’s Labyrinth”, which the team collaborated on and arranged into full orchestration. The completed piece, entitled “Ariel’s Last Dance”, will be unveiled as part of a larger project at a date TBD. Here is my solo arrangement of that piece. (Music scored by MJO Productions, all rights MJO Productions, copyright 2015).
“Upon looking for musicians for an instrumental project of mine, what caught my eye was James’ versatility. I was looking for a guitarist who also played piano/keyboard, and he fit the bill. I took the opportunity to hire him as a studio musician. He brought professional equipment to the studio and found the guitar tone I was looking for very quickly. Recording progressed so quickly that we even had time for him to double his rhythm guitar tracks. He also delivered very well on keys, and I am very happy with his contribution to my project. After the recording session, I decided to check out his solo act when he still lived in the Boston area. I was blown away. His guitar skills are top notch, and his compositional skills are inspirational. If you haven’t heard his music yet, you are seriously missing out!”
-Jonathan, Sinfonia Revolution