James Budinich composes music inspired by minimalism, Croatian folk traditions, and American popular music. He has written for orchestra, voice, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and electronics.
He has collaborated with Kate Dreyfuss (White Stone for violin and electronics), Pigeonwing Dance (Plexus: a work in knots for fixed media and seven dancers, with choreography by Gabrielle Lamb), and visual artist Mao Wei (Manual City, an installation for music boxes and projected images). Upcoming collaborations include a work for flute and electronics for Alex Sopp, a commission from the Ciompi Quartet, and a commission from Ensemble Illyrica for a new mixed chamber quartet. He has worked with ensembles such as Yarn/Wire, the Momenta Quartet, Ensemble Mise-En, F-PLUS, and the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra. His work has been supported by the American Scandinavian Foundation, the Lois Roth Endowment, and the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.
James is currently in residence at the Royal Danish Academy of Music as a Fulbright Scholar, and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Music Composition at Duke University. He previously earned his Master of Music in Composition from Binghamton University.
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