Critical Junctures: Four Cornerstones of Solo Percussion Music

Venue: Cook Recital Hall, Music Building

Guest Recital


Featuring percussionist James Beauton, presenting a varied performance showcasing cultural and timbral attributes of percussion instruments through unique and original works.

$10 adults; $8 seniors; free for students and those under 18 with valid ID


Based in Southern California, James Beauton is a percussionist who specializes in experimental music from 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, Franco Donatoni, and Brian Ferneyhough. 

Tala Rasa has premiered works by composers G.N. Gianopoulos, Andrea Mazzariello, Wally Gunn, Michael Laurello, and Thomas Childs. James has also 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 Contemporary Chamber Players, and the Michigan State University Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras.

Beauton holds a faculty position at San Diego State University as a dance accompanist and works toward his Doctorate of Musical Arts 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

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