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Christopher James

Tracks on the album range from a fantasy on a theme of Scriabin (“Mother Russia”) to a musical scenario blending the Chopinesque with a dramatic concept from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (“Where’s Frederick?”). Explaining some of the ideas behind Grace from Persistence, Mr. James said:
“My intention as always is to find a connection to people’s hearts and minds; to paint a musical picture with color and emotion; and, for better or worse, to unveil a discovery that is not a straight line from point A to point B. The title comes from an idea that my longtime collaborator Bob Stark suggested for one of the pieces on the album, and after I recently saw a film describing Native Americans beliefs about the Saguaro cactus, the title took on a new resonance for me. Each of these sacred Saguaros is considered to be a unique individual, surviving on its own despite nature’s extremes. Its state of grace is achieved through indefatigable determination to defy all odds, and the existence of this physical and spiritual icon serves as a metaphor for our persistence in the face of the world’s many challenges.”
Grace from Persistence was preceded by Mr. James’s solo albums House by the Railroad (2015) and The Sad Waltz (2017). House by the Railroad was inspired by his family history in Portland, OR, while The Sad Waltz is a collection of stylistically varied compositions written programmatically for an imagined visual environment. All three of Mr. James’s solo albums were created in collaboration with engineer, co-writer, and co-producer Bob Stark, and The Sad Waltz and Grace from Persistence were both mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Kevin Killen. In addition to his work as a solo artist, Mr. James has partnered with Jeff Leonard under the name Val Gardena since 1994, recording five albums together, including three releases on Mercury Records.