James Beauton is a Southern California based percussionist and conductor who specializes in the experimental music of the last century. Beauton performs regularly as a soloist in Los Angeles for the Music@MiMoDa and Brilliant Strings concerts series, performing works of composers Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, Philippe Manoury, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Franco Donatoni, and Brian Ferneyhough. He has also performed as a part of Monday Evening Concerts and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Noon To Midnight Festival.
James has performed with ensembles such as red fish blue fish, the Santa Monica Symphony, the Nova Ensemble, and has been featured as a soloist with the ensembles Renga, the UC San Diego Wind Ensemble, and the Michigan State University Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras.
Presently, James holds a faculty position at San Diego State University as a dance accompanist and is the conductor of the UC San Diego Wind Ensemble. He is concurrently working toward his DMA in Contemporary Music Performance at UC San Diego. He has earned degrees from SUNY Stony Brook (Master of Music) and Michigan State University (Bachelor of Music). James is a Vic Firth and Yamaha Performing Artist.