James Moore: Desolation Pops
New World Records, April 2023

Desolation Pops is the first album of solo and chamber music composed by James Moore, with performances by some of his closest friends and colleagues: Lowlands for accordionist Nathan Koci and audience voices, Clair-Obscur for triple-harpist Claire Happel Ashe, and the album's central piece Desolation Pops for pianist Kathleen Supové and The Rhythm Method string quartet.

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The Hands Free: The Hands Free
New Amsterdam Records, May 2018

The Hands Free is an acoustic quartet comprised of composer/performers James Moore (guitar/banjo), Caroline Shaw (violin), Nathan Koci (accordion) and Eleonore Oppenheim (bass). Drawing on a breadth of influences from folk, jazz, classical music and the avant garde, the group's debut album is an eclectic mash-up of evocative melodies, ethereal soundscapes and explosive improvisations.

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Dither: Potential Differences
New Focus Recordings, Nov 2019

Dither's third full-length album showcases the quartet's signature repertoire by Eve Belgarian, Ted Hearne, Paula Matthusen & Jascha Narveson, as well as compositions from each member of the group and a rendering of James Tenney's beautiful open score Swell Piece.

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John Zorn: James Moore Plays The Book of Heads
CD and DVD of a film by Stephen Taylor
Tzadik, October 2015

Book of Heads album cover

Utilizing an arsenal of balloons, children’s toys, and common household items, John Zorn’s notorious collection of solo guitar etudes, The Book of Heads is a compendium of bizarre extended techniques, stylistic mash-ups, and wild theatrics. In a new audio-visual release on the Tzadik record label, Moore has worked closely with Zorn to develop an explosive new interpretation of these demanding pieces.

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Forever House: Eaves
Infrequent Seams, Nov 2018

Forever House's debut album provides the perfect twisted mix-tape for your post-apocalyptic road trip. In a tour de force of subversive anthems, sloppy math waltzes and wasted love themes, the nine songs that comprise Eaves playfully conjure decrepit skylines, brazen entitlement, hollow self-betterment and internet-induced paranoia. Lead vocalist and cellist Meaghan Burke toggles between moments of seductive crooning and maniacal freak-outs as James Moore (guitar), James Ilgenfritz (bass) and Pete Wise (drums) provide a powerful rhythm section.

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James Moore & Andie Springer: Gertrudes
New World Records, September 2015

Gertrudes album cover

Longtime friends and collaborators James Moore and Andie Tanning Springer began performing as a duo in 2011 while on tour with Neutral Hero, playwright Richard Maxwell's acclaimed theater production. Their debut album is comprised of compositions written or adapted for the duo and their unconventional instrumentation of violin and steel-string resonator guitar. Their eclectic repertoire includes a suite of three pieces by Moore, and works by Robert Ashley, Lainie Fefferman, Paula Matthusen, Larry Polansky, and Ken Thomson.

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James Moore & Elliot Simpson: guitars, streets, resonances
Infrequent Seams, Nov 2020

As part of a transatlantic collaboration with Madrid-based guitarist Elliot Simpson, this record showcases two large-scale microtonal works: Larry Polanksy's intricate and twisted collection of 8 fermentations and Teodora Stepancic's exquisite soundscape guitars, streets, resonances.

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Dither & Brendon Randall-Myers: Dynamics of Vanishing Bodies
New Focus Recordings, Sept 2020

In collaboration with composer/guitarist Brendon Randall-Myers, Dither's fourth album showcases his beautiful, intense, and cathartic multi-movement work.

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John Zorn: Dither Plays Zorn

John Zorn's Olympiad Volume 1
Tzadik, Jan 2015

Dither Plays Zorn album cover

The electric guitar quartet Dither's second full-length album showcases three of John Zorn's infamous improvisational game pieces from the late 70s in acoustic and electric realizations. The album features Hockey, and the premiere recordings of Curling and Fencing.

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Dither: Dither

Henceforth Records, Oct 2010

Dither's debut album features compositions written for the quartet by Eric km Clark, Lisa R. Coons, Lainie Fefferman, Joshua Lopes and Jascha Narveson.

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Some other albums for which James has been a performer and contributor:

Jacob Cooper: Terrain, New Amsterdam Records (2020)

Elena Moon Park: Unhurried Journey (2020)

Mason Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, w/ Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Pentatone (2018)

Object Collection: It’s all True, Slip (2017)

Ted Hearne/The Crossing Choir: Sound from the Bench, Cantaloupe Records (2017)

Bonjour: Bonjour, Cantaloupe Records (2016)

The Colorado Soundtrack w/ Roomful of Teeth, New Amsterdam Records (2016)

Paula Matthusen: Pieces for People, Innova Recordings (2015)

Corey Dargel: OK it’s not OK, New Amsterdam Records (2015)

Phill Niblock: Touch Five, Touch Music (2013)

Jacob Cooper & Mellissa Hughes: Silver Threads, Nonesuch (2013)

The $100 Guitar Project, Bridge records (2013)

Matt Marks: The Little Death, Vol. 1, New Amsterdam Records (2010)

William Brittelle: Mohair Timewarp, New Amsterdam Records (2008)