James Insalaco is a musician from London specialising in notated and electroacoustic music, experimenting in cross-disciplinary art forms. He is also a performer, principally on the clarinet but also electric/double bass and guitar.
He is currently studying Music in his fifth and final year at Newcastle University after having studied composition abroad for two years in the Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia, Italy, with a reputed composition tutor, Edgar Alandia. His current musical research interest is the relationship between culture and place, along with the musical product of community. He diligently seeks to incorporate this concept, wherever possible, into his compositions – a most apt example of which is ‘Trimdon Grange Explosion’, based on a mining accident in 1882, performed in The Mining Institute, Newcastle as part of a contemporary arts festival. Here is an excerpt of the piece.
He is also exploring new ways of setting poetry to music, such as in his haunting electronic setting of Dylan Thomas’ ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’,
And the more conventional, yet thought-provoking notated piece, ‘Fragments’ based on a poem by Sarah Fordham.