James Ilgenfritz

Composer and bassist James Ilgenfritz leads The Anagram Ensemble and performs regularly as a solo bassist. In June 2018 Ilgenfritz presented his second residency at John Zorn’s venue The Stone, featuring world premieres of his compositions for the Momenta Quartet, The New Thread Saxophone Quartet, and the Supové/Moore/Choi Trio, and flutist Margaret Lancaster, as well as works for solo contrabass by Anthony Donofrio, John King, and Lucie Vítková. Ilgenfritz has performed throughout the US, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and Indonesia. His notable performances include work with composer/improvisers Pauline Oliveros, Rufus Reid,“Blue” Gene Tyranny, and many others. Ilgenfritz holds a BA in Music Performance from University of Michigan and a MA in Contemporary Music Performance from University of California San Diego, and directs the Suzuki bass program at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. In Fall 2019 he will be pursuing a PhD in Music Composition, Improvisation, and Technology at University of California Irvine.



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