We proudly present our first featured co-conspirator: James Hirschfeld. James (@jameshirschfeld on Twitter) plays the alto and tenor trombones, tuba, electronic valve instrument (EVI), and builds and plays his own electronic instruments. He is also an active composer for his own groups and other ensembles. As the trombonist in the Respect Sextet, James has recorded six albums and performed across North America. He has also performed and recorded with Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, and Escort. Recently, James released his debut record, Two Medicine, featuring his own music performed alongside Ted Poor, Ike Sturm and Red Wierenga. James is also the Program Director for the JACK Quartet.
James is a committed crossfitter, and has on multiple occassions claimed the mantle of the most physically fit trombonist in New York -- a characterization which has been vigorously disputed by his Secret Society section-mate, Jennifer Wharton, who runs triathalons. James is an avid Red Sox fan, and no, he does not want your pity. Attention New York Times "Vows" column: he is engaged to marry JACK Quartet violist John Pickford Richards in July 2012.
As part of our fundraising efforts for our upcoming recording, Brooklyn Babylon, we are offering you the opportunity to sponsor a Secret Society musician — if you would like to sponsor James's appearance on our new album, or lend your support at any level, please visit our Kickstarter page.
MUSICIANS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP: Erica von Kleist • Rob Wilkerson • Sam Sadigursky • John Ellis • Josh Sinton • Seneca Black • Tom Goehring • Matt Holman • Nadje Noordhuis • Ryan Keberle• James Hirschfeld • Sebastian Noelle • Gordon Webster • Matt Clohesy • Jon Wikan