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James D. Hicks: Welcome

ACCLAIM

I probably sound like a broken record (or CD) with my continuing obsessive championing of this series, but it is one of the most extraordinary and unique that has ever appeared.


—Robert Delcamp (American Record Guide, November/December 2023) 

A Review of Nordic Journey, Volume XIV 


James Hicks has done a great service in producing this series of compact discs and in placing this repertoire before the public. His playing is uniformly exemplary, and he also deserves great credit for encouraging the composers, particularly in the works he himself commissioned.


—John L. Speller (The Diapason, October 2020) 

A Review of Nordic Journey, Volume VIII


Hicks relishes the full range of colours and contrast on this exploratory CD-set. Most impressive. 


—David Ponsford (Choir and Organ, January 2020) 

A Review of Nordic Journey, Volume VIII


These recordings document an extensive, vibrant, and incredibly rich culture of organ music, organ building and organ playing which is mostly unknown. I continue to be astonished by the seemingly endless supply of wonderful organs in these countries, and by the music he continues to search out and play with consummate musicianship, virtuosity, commitment, and obvious love and understanding.


—Robert Delcamp (American Record Guide, September/October 2020)

A Review of Nordic Journey, Volume IX

James D. Hicks: Text
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BIOGRAPHY

Praised for his “consummate musicianship, virtuosity, and commitment,” (American Record Guide, September/October 2020) concert organist JAMES D. HICKS, creator of the celebrated Nordic Journeys series of recordings and publications, held liturgical positions throughout the USA for thirty-five years but now devotes himself exclusively to concerts, publishing, and recording projects. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Yale University, and the University of Cincinnati, Hicks also studied at the Royal School of Church Music in the UK. 


Over the past fifteen years, James has researched the music of the Nordic lands resulting in the ongoing venture entitled Nordic Journey. The endeavor emphasizes new music, and he has commissioned over seventy compositions from Nordic composers and other musicians of northern Europe, as well as researching repertoire from the past that has hitherto never been recorded or published. With the December 2023 release of Nordic Journey Volume XV, Baltic Sojourn, the series now comprises twenty-four discs, all produced for the American label Pro Organo, distributed by Naxos, and available to stream on major digital platforms.


A parallel aspect of the Nordic Journey project is the production of hardbound editions of music featured in the series, including premiere publications of many of the works James has commissioned and several previously unavailable compositions from earlier eras. In 2018, the Norwegian firm Cantando released The Nordic Journey Series Volume I, and in 2020, Norsk Musikforlag published The Nordic Journey Series Volume II (both available at musikkforlagene.no). In October 2022, Norsk Musikforlag produced the third volume of the series, and a fourth volume is set for release in 2025. James has also collaborated with the Finnish publisher, Edition Tilli (editiontilli.fi) to produce premiere editions of Finnish and Baltic organ music. 


During the COVID-19 pandemic, James wrote the first full-length book devoted to the complete works for organ by Norwegian composer Kjell Mørk Karlsen on the occasion of the artist's seventy-fifth birthday. He also contributed a chapter to a study of the music of Swedish composer Fredrik Sixten. Norsk Musikforlag published the Karlsen book in March 2022 and the Sixten project will appear later in 2024. 


Continuing the Nordic Journey project, James traveled to Germany in May  2024 to record Nordic Journey Volume XVI-Germanic Connections using the organ of Pauluskirche, Ulm in a program demonstrating the interaction of influences between the Teutonic and Nordic traditions. Upcoming recording projects include the double-disc Nordic Journey XVII-North Atlantic Voyage, a recording scheduled for August 2024 featuring music from Norway, mainland Scotland, the Hebrides, Orkney, Shetland, Faroe, Iceland, and Greenland. This endeavor will be produced in northern Norway at Bodø Cathedral and Halgrímskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland.


In addition to his work concerning the organ and its literature, James is an enthusiastic exponent of traditional music from the British Isles, performing on several instruments associated with these traditions. James is also an avid hiker and has walked the historic Hadrian's Wall trail in Northern England and traversed numerous sections of the Appalachian Trail in the USA. He currently lives and works in Califon, New Jersey.

James D. Hicks: Profiles
James D. Hicks: Pro Gallery

EVENTS

SOLO ORGAN RECITAL

July 14, 2024, 5:00 PM
Akureyrarkirkja
Akureyri, Iceland

VILJANDI ORGAN FESTIVAL

July 23, 2024, TBA
Viljandi, Estonia

PÄRNU ORGAN FESTIVAL

July 26, 2024, 8:00 PM
Pärnu, Estonia

SOLO ORGAN RECITAL

July 27, 2024, 5:00 PM
Pöide kirik
Saaremaa, Estonia

SOLO ORGAN RECITAL

July 28, 2024, 5:00 PM
Kihelkonna kirik
Saaremaa, Estonia

SOLO ORGAN RECITAL

July 30 2024, 5:30 PM
Kaarli kirik
Tallinn, Estonia

RECORDING SESSIONS FOR NORDIC JOURNEY VOLUME XVI -- NORTH ATLANTIC VOYAGE

August 22, 2024--August 24, 2024
Bodø Cathedral
Bodø, Norway

SOLO ORGAN RECITAL

August 25, 2024, 7:00 PM
Bodø Cathedral
Bodø, Norway

SOLO ORGAN RECITAL

August 28, 2024, 8:00 PM
Vor Frelsers Kirke
Copenhagen, Denmark

RECORDING SESSIONS FOR NORDIC JOURNEY VOLUME XVI -- NORTH ATLANTIC VOYAGE

September 12, 2024--September 13, 2024
Halgrimskírkja
Reykjavík, Iceland

"IN CONCERTO SOTO LA CUPOLA"

NOVARA SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL

October 6, 2024, 5:00 PM
Novara, Italy

SOLO ORGAN RECITAL

February 2, 2025, 6:00 PM
Central Pori Church
Pori, Finland

SOLO ORGAN RECITAL

March 27, 2025, 12:30 PM
Princeton University Chapel
Princeton, New Jersey

SOLO ORGAN RECITAL

April 4, 2025, 12:15 PM
National City Christian Church
Washington, D.C.

SOLO ORGAN RECITAL

April 27, 2025, 4:00 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Lynchburg, Virginia

RECORDING SESSIONS FOR NORDIC JOURNEY VOLUME XVIII

June 26, 2025--June 27, 2025
Uppsala Cathedral
Uppsala, Sweden

WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE

June 29, 2025, 4:00 PM
Uppsala Cathedral
Uppsala, Sweden

SOLO ORGAN RECITAL

July 9, 2025, 7:00 PM
Tallinn Cathedral
Tallinn, Estonia

SOLO ORGAN RECITAL

July 12, 2025, 10:00 PM
Glasperlenspielen Festival
Tartu, Estonia

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