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Bryan James


Born: 1949


Bryan James was born in Auckland on the 23rd of August 1949 and educated at Auckland University (MA Hons, Anthropology); Canterbury, Massey (Certificate of Japanese Studies & PGDipSLT), Christchurch College of Education (Diploma of Tchg in Speech-Language Therapy).

He is a registered music teacher of flute, saxophone and theory and plays soprano, alto and baritone saxophones, concert and alto flutes, and Japanese shakuhachi (an end-blown bamboo flute). Bryan studied traditional shakuhachi playing while living in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan 1992-95. Since returning to NZ, James (also known as James Shinyo) has performed traditional Japanese music in Soyokaze (shakuhachi and koto), flute ensemble music with Crofton Flute Ensemble and also plays in other jazz and improvisation ensembles. He was featured in the 2001 International Jazz Festival with a quartet playing traditional Japanese music blended with jazz. Bryan is interested in music outside of the western art music tradition and in extended techniques for woodwinds. As well as studying traditional music in Japan, he has had lessons on the Chinese flute (dizi) while at Hunan Normal University in Changsha, China Dec 1986-Jan 1987.

Currently Bryan is employed as a secondary school teacher of Japanese and French at Te Kura, New Zealand Correspondence School. Here, he is the curriculum leader for languages. He is married with 5 children.

Composed (18)

Blue Pig (Composition XVII)

for saxophone quartet, 3m

Composition II

for solo flute, 7m

Composition XII

for chamber sextet, 5m

Composition XVI

two pieces for two flutes, 5m

Desert Storm (Composition XX)

for saxophone quartet

Ecdysis and Blues (Composition XIV)

two pieces for solo soprano sax, 8m


for jazz ensemble

Maire Hill

for flute and piano

Nunns Notice

for jazz ensemble

Rakau I (Composition VII)

for flute and string trio, 15m

Rakau II (Composition X)

for flute and string trio

Song #2 for Juanita

for four flutes (in C), alto flute (in G) and optional double bass, 8m

Tasman Ice

for solo flute, 4m

Two Pieces (Composition XIX)

for solo flute, 2m 50s