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.

~ New Amsterdam Records

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

Gertrudes album cover

Longtime friends and collaborators James Moore and Andie 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.

~ New World Records

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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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Object Collection: It's All True

Slip Imprint, October 2017

It's All True is an "opera in suspension" based on the live archives of the seminal punk band Fugazi. To construct the piece, composer Travis Just and director Kara Feely utilized everything from the band's live recordings except for the songs, resulting in an explosive tour de force of guitar feedback, riffage, and political discourse. Dither joins the raucous house band for this project with drummers Shayna Dunkelman and Owen Weaver.

~ Slip Imprint

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Ted Hearne/The Crossing: Sound from the Bench
Cantaloupe Music, March 2017

Ted Hearne's album with The Crossing Choir features Sound From the Bench, a massive work for voices, electric guitars (James Moore & Taylor Levine) and drums (Ron Wiltrout). The piece is a setting of Jena Osman's Corporate Relations, which appropriates text from the controversial Supreme Court case Citizen's United. The album became a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in music.

~ Cantaloupe Music

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Bonjour: Bonjour
Cantaloupe Music, August 2016

The debut album of Florent Ghys's low-string quintet features compositions engineered for the specific moments in your week, with performances by Ghys and Eleonore Oppenheim (double basses), Ashley Bathgate (cello), Owen Weaver (percussion) and James Moore on guitars.

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Paula Matthusen: Pieces for People

Innova Recordings, October 2015

Pieces for People album cover

Paula Matthusen's new album is comprised of music she has written for her closest friends and colleagues, including James Moore's 2008 recording of limerence, a raucous piece for prepared banjo and electronics.

~ Innova Recordings

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Corey Dargel: OK it's not OK

New Amsterdam Records, September 2015

Dargel's latest creation includes songs from Hold Yourself Together, a beautiful and provocative song cycle about composure, which Features Wil Smith (keyboards), Cornelius Duffalo (violin), Eleonore Oppenheim (bass) and James Moore on guitars.

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Phill Niblock: Touch Five
Touch Music, Oct 2013

Touch Five album cover

The venerable composer Phill Niblock's latest album features renditions of his monolothic drone piece Two Lips from Dither along with fellow guitar quartets Zwerm and Coh da.

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The $100 Guitar Project

Bridge Records, Jan 2013

100 dollar guitar project album cover

James offers his languidly glitchy composition Birds as part of this eclectic compilation, in which 65 guitarists from around the world record tracks on the same no-name beater guitar!

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