James Klopfleisch is a composer, contrabassist, and experimental performer currently living in Los Angeles. His work lies on the fault line between music and performance/event, realizing itself somewhere between the framing of sound in time and the overlapping of musical context with the structures of colloquial observation habits. He is a founding member of the Southland Ensemble, a collective focusing on music from the experimental tradition, particularly scores involving graphic and/or textual notation. He holds an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts and has written for such ensembles as trio kobayashi, thingNY; performed/recorded with such artists as Michael Pisaro, Julia Holter, will.i.am, and The Dustbowl Revival; and has presented works at REDCAT, The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, and MOCA.