James Ilgenfritz

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James Ilgenfritz
BornNovember 16, 1978
OriginMonroe, Michigan, United States
Occupation(s)composer, performer
LabelsInfrequent Seams, Telegraph Harp, Indexical

James Ilgenfritz (born 1978) is an American composer, bassist, and multi-instrumentalist.[1] He is also a jazz sideman.

As a composer, he is known for his surreal experimental multimedia chamber operas, including The Ticket That Exploded (2011, in residency at ISSUE Project Room),[2] and I Looked At The Eclipse (2019, in residency at Roulette Intermedium),[3] and frenetic chamber works including In The Summer Every Truth Is Like A Saturday (2019).[4]

As a jazz and experimental music sideman, he has collaborated with Lukas Ligeti and Eyal Maoz (in the trio Hypercolor), Elliott Sharp, Pauline Oliveros, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Miya Masaoka, JG Thirlwell, Annie Gosfield, SEM Ensemble, Liturgy, and Ghost Ensemble.[1][5][6][7]

Ilgenfritz studied at UCSD with Mark Dresser, Charles Curtis, and Miller Puckette.[1][8]

He also runs the label Infrequent Seams, which has released music by Ilgenfritz, Elliott Sharp, Steve Buscemi, Miya Masaoka, Zeena Parkins, Myra Melford, Ben Richter, Object Collection, and others.


  • You Scream A Rapid Language - CD (Infrequent Seams, December 2019)[9]
  • Opalescence - CD (Telegraph Harp, July 2018)[10]
  • Origami Cosmos - CD (Infrequent Seams, March 2017)[11]
  • The Ticket That Exploded (An Opera) - CD (Con D'Or, 2015)
  • Compositions (Braxton) - CD (Infrequent Seams, 2012)


  1. ^ a b c Nastos, Michael. “James Ilgenfritz: Artist Biography” https://www.allmusic.com/artist/james-ilgenfritz-mn0002297215/biography Allmusic. Web. 18 Jan. 2020.
  2. ^ "The Ticket That Exploded". Issue Project Room. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  3. ^ "I Looked At The Eclipse". Roulette. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  4. ^ Longley, Martin. 2019. "Ostrava Days 2019" https://www.allaboutjazz.com/ostrava-days-2019?pg=2 All About Jazz. Sep 17, 2019. Web. 18 Jan. 2020.
  5. ^ "Elasticarts: James Ilgenfritz". Elasticarts. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  6. ^ Carey, Christian. 24 Jun 2017. "Ghost Ensemble: We Who Walk Again (LP Review)" http://www.sequenza21.com/2018/06/ghost-ensemble-we-who-walk-again-lp-review/ Sequenza21. 24 Jun 2017. Web. 18 Jan. 2020.
  7. ^ Gottschalk, Kurt. 2020. "Liturgy" https://www.star-revue.com/liturgys-rite-of-passage-and-metals-new-maturity/ Red Hook Star-Revue.
  8. ^ "NewMusicUSA Profile: James Ilgenfritz". NewMusicUSA. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  9. ^ "James Ilgenfritz - You Scream a Rapid Language (2019)". Proper Music. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  10. ^ "AMN Reviews: Norbert Rodenkirchen / Robbie Lee / James Ilgenfritz – Opalescence [Telegraph Harp]". Avant Music News. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  11. ^ "AMN Reviews: Sean Ali – My Tongue Crumbles After [Neither/Nor n/n007]; James Ilgenfritz – Origami Cosmos [Infrequent Seams 12]". Avant Music News. Retrieved January 18, 2020.

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