Setúbal Music Festival

James was commissioned to compose a new piece for the 2017 edition of the Setúbal Music Festival. The new work was written for the Festival’s resident Youth Ensemble, a unique group consisting of: classical instrumentalists, jazz musicians, African drummers, and young people with special needs. Responding to the theme of ‘Migrations’, explored throughout the 2017 edition of the festival, James composed a suite to celebrate the diversity of cultural traditions found within Portugal. The work was premiered in May 2017 at the Museu do Trabalho, Setúbal.