James Fei

Updated
30 Nov 2016

James Fei is an active composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics and an associate professor of electronic arts at Mills College in Oakland, where he has taught since 2006. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Fei moved to the United States in 1992 to study electrical engineering. His works have been performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, MATA Micro Orchestra, and Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest. Recordings can be found on Leo Records, Improvised Music from Japan, CRI, Krabbesholm, and Organized Sound. Compositions for Fei's own ensemble of four alto saxophones focus on physical processes of saliva, fatigue, reeds crippled by cuts, and the threshold of audible sound production, while his sound installations and performances on live electronics often focus on feedback. Fei received the Grants for Artists Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2014. He served as a Center music panelist in 2013, and an LOI panelist for Performance in 2015.