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Venue:
The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 8:00pm

James Fei Alto Quartet

James Fei, alto saxophone
Jeff Hudgins, alto saxophone
Jackson Moore, alto saxophone
Aaron Ali Shaikh, alto saxophone

James Fei (b. Taipei, Taiwan) moved to the US in 1992 to pursue a degree in electrical engineering. He has since been active as a composer, improviser and electronic musician. Works by Fei have been performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble and Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest. Recordings of his works can be found on Leo Records, Improvised Music from Japan, CRI and Organized Sound. In addition to writing concert music for conventional and electro-acoustic ensembles, Fei also creates sound installations and performs on saxophones and live electronics. Fei joined the faculty of Mills College in 2006. He performs regularly with Anthony Braxton.

Recent CD releases include Sieves by Fei and Kato Hideki [Improvised Music From Japan], Alto Quartets [Organized Sound Recordings], Studies on the ANS (Russian synthesizer from 1958) [Krabbesholm], and Bode Sound Project, a tribute CD to early electronic instrument pioneer Harold Bode.

Fei has taught classes and lectured at Wesleyan University, Columbia University, The Art Institute of Chicago, Taipei Normal University, Theremin Center (Moscow), Pro Arte (St. Petersberg), Krabbesholm (Denmark), IAMAS (Ogaki, Japan) and NUAS (Nogoya, Japan). His works have been performed at Merkin Hall, The Kitchen, Knitting Factory, Tonic, Roulette, Experimental Intermedia, MATA Festival, Engine 27 (all New York), Empty Bottle (Chicago), Akedemie der Künste (Berlin), Beurs van Berlage (Amsterdam), Steim (Amsterdam), Overtoom 301 (Amsterdam), JFC Club (St Petersberg), Super Deluxe (Tokyo), Shinjuku Pit Inn (Tokyo), Osaka Arts-Aporia, Bridge (Osaka), and National Recital Hall (Taiwan).