James Wolf is a violinist and multi-instrumentalist from
Arlington, VA, active in the indie-rock, avant-garde and
drone communities of the Washington, DC area for over
twenty years. In James’ hypnotic and moving live
performances, he unveils multi-layered/multi-part
compositions that are created using a vast vocabulary of
violin sounds, invoking complex moods and atmospheres.
On October 27, 2017, James’ latest recording, “That”, will be
released by Verses Records.
“That” features recordings of live performances from late
2016. Inspiration for the pieces on,“That”, came from some
varied sources, according to James: “The election haunts
them all, pretty much like anything anyone else did at the
time. But more importantly, the moon does too. My
composition process usually relies on a series of internal
images which help me conceive of a piece sonically and
emotionally, and help me judge during the 2-3 weeks that I work intensively on it whether it's doing what it's supposed to or not. For all three of these pieces, the moon was an important image - in it's terrifying, comforting, and all other aspects. I don't know why that was so important at this time,but there it is.”
James’ previous releases include, “On se lève” (Verses 2016),
single tracks on various Verses compilations and “Oh”, under the name, Waterglass. He also performs with Phoenix Auto Group, a Northern Virginia improvisational collective, as well as in collaborations with other artists, such as Insect Factory, Tag Cloud, Dan Barbiero, and Guillermo Pizarro (on whose September 2017 release, “Harmonic Poems”, James appears).
James’ past projects include: The Orchid, Fern Knight,
Sourdeline, The Picture is Dead, Gena Rowlands Band, From Quagmire, Laconic Chamber and Air King.