At only 25 years of age, James has already made a name for himself as a world class percussionist and soloist. His main instrument is the riq’, a small hand-held tambourine, traditionally with skin covering and five pairs of cymbals. It is James’ unique innovative style and mastery of this ancient instrument that has brought him great acclaim worldwide. His dexterity, rhythmic variety and virtuosity continue to amaze audiences. He has performed internationally with many celebrated artists and regularly accompanies his brother Joseph in concert.
Some of his career highlights as soloist include orchestral tours with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg, as well as duet recording collaboration with legend jazz drummer Jack De-Johnette (of Miles Davis fame) for the album The Hour of Separation.He has performed with greats such as Béla Fleck, John Abercrombie, John Patitucci, Howard Johnson, Richard Bona, Joey DeFrancesco, Roy Ayers, Christian McBride and Mike Stern to name a few.
Alongside his brother Joseph, he has won a hat-trick of ARIA Awards for Best World Music Album in 2012, 2013 and 2014. On this recording he showcases his percussion wizardry on a range of instruments. 2017 saw him performing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms as well as performances with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.