James Leelayuvat

Hi, I’m James. I’m a Thai American composer and flautist, born 2005. I started my exploration into music as a flautist in my high-school band. After several years of playing, I began to study composition independently. My compositional interests have slowly shifted over time through different musical techniques and styles. My current interests and focus lie in the usage of timbre as a main element in storytelling, similar to the likes of Helmut Lachenmann or Dai Fujikura. I combine this with the use of electronics to explore the limitless possibilities of fixed, live, and interactive sounds. Additionally, I have been interested in music as a vehicle for social change and political statements like De Staat. I am currently a freshman at Occidental College hovering between studies of computer science, sociology, and music.