Fulkerson, James

Fulkerson, James (b. July 1945, Streator, Illinois). American-born Dutch composer of 200 stage, orchestral, chamber, vocal, piano, electroacoustic, and multimedia works that have been performed successfully in Europe and the USA; he is also active as a trombonist, specializing in new music. Mr. Fulkerson received his musical training at Illinois Wesleyan University (BMus, 1967) and the University of Illinois (MMus, 1968). His major compositional studies were with Herbert Brün, Kenneth Gaburo, Lejaren Hiller, Ben Johnston, and Salvatore Martirano. Upon completion of his studies, Mr. Fulkerson became a composer-performer at the Center for the Creative and Performing Arts at the State University of New York in Buffalo (1969-72). He has taught composition at the Dartington College of the Arts, the European Dance Development Center (Arnhem, Holland) and the University of Nottingham (where he was also Director of the Computer and Electronic Music Studios and the Leverhulme Research Project in Computer Music). He has lived in Holland since 1989. He has composed extensively for various media, especially experimental film and new dance. His music has been performed throughout the world and has been recorded on the Attacca Babel, Etcetera, Folkways, Irida, and Move labels. His music is published by Media Press (Champaign), Donemus (Amsterdam), Edition Modern (Karlsruhe) and Seesaw Music (New York). As a trombonist, he has always been associated with championing and performing experimental music. More than 150 solo works have been composed for him, including two by the American composer John Cage. He has recorded for the Attacca Babel, Deutsche Grammophon, Etcetera, Lovely Music, Mode, and Nonesuch labels.