James Budinich (b. 1990) composes music inspired by minimalism, Croatian folk traditions, and American popular music. He has written for orchestra, voice, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and electronics, and has recently collaborated with Lindsay Brown (Love’s Lost Words for mezzo-soprano, cello, and piano), Samuel Rolfe (By the Light of Day for solo flute), and Stacey Geyer (Separate Realities for soprano, viola, and fixed electronics). James currently studies privately with Gregory Spears, and works at American Opera Projects and with the Momenta Quartet in administrative roles. He earned his Master of Music in Composition from Binghamton University where he studied with Daniel Thomas Davis.
LISTEN: Separate Realities IV. Hildegard for Soprano, Viola, and Electronics
Stacey Geyer, Soprano; Stephanie Griffin, Viola
Separate Realities takes its texts form the writings and words of different visionaries, pertaining to different cultures, with each movement focusing on a different figure. This fourth movement borrows text by Hildegard of Bingen, a twelfth century Christian mystic. The electronic material in Hildegard uses the voice of soprano Stacey Geyer tiled continuously to create a drone that continues through the whole movement.