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“… songs that elegantly combine personal fervor and worldly sophistication” (on “From a Book of Hours”) —Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times

“… James Primosch’s gorgeous ‘Dark the Star’… Set to texts by Rainer Maria Rilke, Susan Stewart and the Book of Psalms… it featured a brooding opening section, soaring and expressive vocal lines and creatively scored, beautiful instrumental writing.” Vivien Schweizer, New York Times

“… balm for the soul and food for thought.” —Christian Carey, Musical America

“Primosch’s text-setting instincts are seemingly unerring: his vocal lines always convey the words authentically and honestly, while the instrumental accompaniment provides added depth and drama…” —Joshua Rosenblum, Opera News

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Recent CD from Bridge Records

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A CD devoted to music for voice and ensemble has been released by Bridge RecordsSusan Narucki and William Sharp are the soloists; Christopher Kendall conducts the 21st Century Consort. It’s available at Amazon and at Arkiv Music.

“He cares very deeply about the words… airy, thoughtful, and challenging, as any real sacred endeavor should be.” —Stephen Ritter, Audiophile Audition

“These songs are unfailingly compelling, whether the musical language is complex or seemingly simple… Christopher Kendall skillfully and sensitively leads the 21st Century Consort, which provides superb accompaniment.” —Joshua Rosenblum, Opera News

“…the music is eclectic, as there are many influences: plainchant, expressionism and folk songs are a few. Yet this is an integrated eclecticism, where the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts, and all is formed into a widely (this is important) expressive language, one that has a basis in tonal relationships, but that can be abundantly clear or mysterious…The pacing is elegant, movements are never too long or over stay their material, and the balancing of movements is delicate and done with assurance. The music… doesn’t strive always to be in a holy space, but instead to describe it and give it a human response. In this way Primosch is able to take us to, be in the presence of, and then take us out of, sacred time and space, an attribute which is at the center of the Western musical art form.” —Daniel Asia, Huffington Post

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Upcoming Performances

February 11, 2018: Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift
Descent/Return (premiere)
The Old Astronomer (premiere)
Who Do You Say That I Am?
The Pitcher (premiere)
Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano
Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, piano
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

program repeated February 15, 2018
Barnes Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

program repeated February 21, 2018

Rose Recital Hall in Fisher-Bennett Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA


April 29, 2018: new work
Network for New Music
Settlement Music School
Queen Street Branch
Philadelphia, PA

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In-Progress Projects

—a new work for mixed quintet for Network for New Music, to be premiered in April 2018

—a new song on a text by Walt Whitman, commissioned by Lyric Fest for 2018-19 season

—a choral setting of an excerpt from the novel “Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson, to be premiered by The Crossing in fall 2018

—a new work for woodwind quintet, to be premiered by Imani Winds in 2019

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