Classical guitarist and composer James Marron has established himself through dynamic performances of the latest in contemporary music as well as insightful interpretations of the classics. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in NYC, Marron has performed in Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, Canada and throughout the United States.
As co-founder of Marronprater dance and music co., he has composed modern dance music that has been performed across the U.S. and Canada. He has received commissions from GroundWorks Dance Theatre, The Cleveland Repertory Project and The University of Akron Dance Company. His compositions are available through Mel Bay Publishing in the U.S. and Berben Edizioni Musicali in Italy.
Marron's music was featured in the short film "Where You Find It" written and directed by Brian Clites and the documentary "Akron Women: Another Look at History" directed by Kyle Verrett. He performed in the PBS special featuring the Cleveland Ballet/Dancing Wheels. He regularly performs with "The Marron Boys" an Old Time Folk and Bluegrass band consisting of his father Robert (mandolin), and brothers David (guitar) and Donald (banjo). He has performed with the Canton Symphony, The Amherst Chamber Orchestra, Red (an orchestra), The Alliance Symphony Orchestra, The Manhattan Contemporary Ensemble, The Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble and the Deadalus New Music Group performing works from Vivaldi to Zappa. He has appeared in live radio broadcast in New York, Maryland and Ohio.
Marron's debut recording "Spring Rising" features original works as well as premiere recordings of works by Roger Zahab, Nikola Resanovic and Ursula Mamlok. His CD "Six Poems for the Angels" consists of works by the South American masters Lauro, Barrios and Morel as well as the original title track. "James Marron Live" was recorded in Guzzetta Recital Hall in Akron, OH. His compositions have been included in the publication The Contemporary Guitar- An Anthology of New Music edited by Stanley Yates and published by Mel Bay.
Marron has held teaching posts at Ashland University, The Cleveland Institute of Music Prep. Dept., Baldwin Wallace Prep. Dept. and the Western Reserve Academy. He is currently on the faculty of The University of Akron, OH.
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