James Moore is a versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has been immersed in New York's creative music community since 2006, earning the titles of "local electric guitar hero" by Time Out NY and "model new music citizen" by the NY Times. Performing on a wide variety of guitars, banjos, mandolins and home-made instruments, James combines the sensitivity and lyricism from his classical training with a healthy dose of improvisation, theatrics, and experimentation.
You may have found James in a variety of unique performance situations: at the Incubator Arts Project in New York performing John Zorn's complete Book of Heads for solo guitar; at the Pompidou Center in Paris as an on-stage musician and speaker; at the Bang on a Can Marathon directing an orchestra of hearing deprived guitarists; at the Fringe Theater in Hong Kong presenting apocalyptic multimedia works; at the Performa Festival playing Fred Frith’s music for multiple table-top guitars; at the Kitchen performing alongside rock musicians Bryce Dessner, Sufjan Stevens and Glenn Kotche; at the Barbican Center in London playing the music of Michael Gordon with Alarm Will Sound; at the Whitney Museum performing the music of Christian Marclay with Elliott Sharp; at the World Financial Center performing on ukulele with the pop/chamber group Clogs.
James is a founding member and director of Dither, an electric guitar quartet that has gained international recognition for precision playing and creative programming. Other projects include the folk-noise group Oliphant, the conceptually extreme chamber music project Ensemble de Sade, Florent Ghys's Bonjour, and Corey Dargel's Hold Yourself Together. His work for theater has brought him on tour in Europe and South America with Richard Maxwell’s critically acclaimed music-theater peice Neutral Hero. James has also performed in Object Collection's maximalist theater piece Problem Radicals at PS122, Jennifer Walshe’s absurdist botany and video game opera The Geometry at The Chocolate Factory, and Jacob Cooper’s electronic pop-tragedy Timberbrit at the Incubator Arts Project. Recent album releases include William Brittelle’s lip-synched pop collage Mohair Time Warp and Matt Marks's Christian nihilist musical The Little Death, Vol 1, both on New Amsterdam Records, the $100 Guitar Project on Bridge Records, and Dither’s self-titled debut on Henceforth Records.
James received his Master of Music in guitar performance from the Yale School of Music and his Bachelor of Arts in guitar performance and electronic music from The University of California, Santa Cruz. He has served on the faculty of Princeton University, and he has been a guest artist at universities across the country.