James Batty is a composer, pianist and sound artist based in London. The soundworlds he constructs in his music combine the familiar and the unusual to evoke the full spectrum of human emotions and tell stories in fresh new ways. He has been exploring microtonality for several years and in his latest album “Until I Set Him Free” he channels this passion into a series of compositions for retuned solo piano.
James’s debut release “Sanctuary (Overtones and Deviations)” fused together piano pieces and spectral electronic soundscapes, and received critical acclaim and radio play worldwide.
James has composed for a wide range of other musicians, including Huw Watkins, Mark Simpson, Zoë Martlew, the BBC Singers, CHROMA, the Riot Ensemble and Opera North (UK) and the E-MEX Ensemble (DE). His music has been performed in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the UK and his multimedia projects have been shown at the Shanghai Biennale and BAFTA.
James is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London as a postgraduate.