James Hazel is composer, (sometimes artist) and researcher working on the unceded Gadigal Land of the Eora Nation. As someone who lived in an underclass (social-housing) community for 14 years, James uses sound, language, and (re)performance to explore what it means to live, love, and listen under capitalist precarity - via a politics concerned with classed- labour, trauma, intimacy and care.
James’ work in this capacity spans extended score practices, instrumental and electronic music; community workshops; speculative performances; and lateral sonic interventions.
As an advocate in this area, James has commissioned several artists from low-socioeconomic backgrounds through ADSR Zine.
James has ‘worked’ for the dole; various call centres; and, more recently as a casual academic in musicology at USYD.
James is co-founder of Danger/Dancer; The Opera Company and Sonant Bodies.
As a composer, James’s compositions have been performed at: HighSCORE (Pavia, Italy); Arts Incubator (Seoul); Charlotte New Music (North Carolina); and by groups such as Ensemble Offspring (Sydney); Ensemble Mise-en (New York); Sonya Holowell; Grammy nominated violist Diana Wade; Konzertprojekt; Gondwana Choirs; and saxaphonist Sam Gill (among others).
He has also composed extensively for contemporary dance, having collaborated with Catapult Dance; Dancemakers Collective; International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy, Kristina Chan, Omer Backley-Astrachan, Rhiannon Newton, and Adelina Larsson.
As an artist, Hazel has exhibited/presented/developed work at: PACT Centre; Museum of Contemporary Art; Brand X; Metro Arts; Firstdraft; Performance Space/Carriageworks; March Dance; Lockup Gallery; Pinnacles Gallery; Liquid Achitecture; Crawl Space Radio/Bus Projects; Maitland Regional Art Gallery; Global Week (Seoul); and Bundanon Trust.
In 2021, James was selected as an ABC Top 5 Researcher (Arts).
He is currently developing work with Liquid Architecture; a new work for ABC Radio National; and a score for dance w/ choreographer Kristina Chan.