Bassist/Composer James Ilgenfritz approaches the double bass as an archeologist, examining rarified aspects of the instrument's sonic palette to confound the status quo. His work has been praised in Time Out New York, Signal To Noise, All About Jazz –New York, and Downbeat Magazine. Recent performances include work with George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Robert Dick, John Zorn, Gary Lucas, Marilyn Crispell, Lukas Ligeti, and Dave Ballou. In 2007 James received a Subito grant from the American Composers Forum for a cross-country tour, performing new semi-improvisational notated works for bass by composers Jeffrey Treviño, Stephen Rush, and Gordon Beeferman. Notable venues where James has performed include The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, The World Financial Center Winter Garden, The Stone, Symphony Space, the New Museum in SoHo, and Edgefest in Ann Arbor, MI. James is Artist In Residence at Issue Project Room in 2011. Improvisation is central to James’s work, and he has written and lectured on the art of improvisation and its metaphorical relationship to the practical complexity of daily life. James is on faculty at Brooklyn College Prep Center and at Brooklyn Conservatory.