James Lavino scored two films premiering at Sundance this year: Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog (Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn), and the HBO/BBC documentary Unlocking the Cage, directed by D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. James’s other film/tv music includes scores for Oscar-nominated and Emmy-Winning HBO documentaries, songs for Disney, and two collaborations with Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood. James’s music for the opening ceremony of the National 9/11 Museum in New York City was a featured part of President Obama’s museum-dedication speech.
James’s choral and concert music has been performed throughout Europe and the USA, and has been broadcast on NPR, the BBC, and Classic FM. Commissions include pieces for the choirs of Westminster Abbey; St Paul’s Cathedral (London); and Merton College, Oxford.
James was born in Philadelphia. He lived in London from 2002-2010 and holds dual USA/UK citizenship.