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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

June 24, 2017: Shadow Memory
Bahareh Poureslami soprano
Shane McFadden, piano
SongFest
Zipper Hall
The Colburn School
Los Angeles, CA


October 15, 2017: Quintet
La Fenice
Winsor Music
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Brookline, MA

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In-Progress Projects

—a cycle of songs for soprano and chamber ensemble, to be performed by Collage New Music. The project is the result of a Fromm Foundation commission. Susan Stewart, whose poetry I have set in three previous pieces, has written new poems specifically for this project, to be called “A Sibyl.”

—a choral setting of an excerpt from the novel “Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson.

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