Composer and cellist James Todd is someone you may have seen play at a concert in the Denver area. He is the principal cellist with the Arapahoe Philarmonic and plays with various other local ensembles. Quiet Beauty is his first foray into composing and arranging.
As a professional free-lance musician, James Todd has performed in concert with many touring shows including such notable artists as : Stevie Wonder, Crosby/Nash, Yanni, John Tesh, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Brian Wilson, Lyle Lovett, Marvin Hamlisch, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Rogers, Linda Ronstadt, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Mannheim Steamroller, Sarah Brightman, Smokey Robinson, K.D. Lang, the Three Tenors, and Jose Feliciano.
Additionally, James Todd maintains a very active schedule as a teacher. His teaching commitments have included serving on the faculties of Metropolitan State College of Denver and University of Colorado at Denver as Professor of Cello. In addition, he maintains a private teaching studio, teaching students of all ages. He has served as guest clinician/instructor at numerous music education conferences held throughout the United States.
He is joined by pianist William Morse in the performance of these short works.
James Todd has written:
"These songs, simply put, are melodies from my heart and soul. I call them 'heartsongs' because at the time I wrote each one, it evoked a unique emotion from a place deep within me – emotions and feelings that I didn’t even know I was harboring. At turns, these are my expressions of love, longing, hope, sorrow, doubt, joy, wonder…… emotions we all feel and own, but may have difficulty realizing and expressing with words. Yet, many of the songs are vocal in essence, with the cello and its voice-like quality, the singer of the melody. I hope that my music might touch your soul and help express your heart’s song, and the quiet beauty within."