Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member James Blachly

James Alexander Blachly, composer, double bassist, male alto, and viola da gambist, is a graduate of Oberlin College. He has toured extensively throughout North America and Scotland with the Chris Norman Ensemble, and is a member of the professional choir at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan. As a child, he performed under Paul Echols in Semele, Julie Taymor, as Juan, in Juan Darien, and Richard Foreman in Love and Science. His compositions include the $10,000 First Place Bertelsmann award-winning string orchestra composition Passacaglia, a 20-minute modern-dance ballet, Endymion, incidental music for The Mail Play, and many other works for smaller ensembles. He is currently engaged in commissions for the vocal ensemble Elysion, the early music group Reconstruction, and the Montgomery Quartet. James is an avid folk dancer, specializing in traditions of England and the Balkans. His Web site,, is currently under construction.

Musica Bella concerts: January 17, 2004; January 18, 2004

This bio last updated January 7, 2004