James Sudakow

James Sudakow

 Long Beach, California, USA

A unique sound - heavy & ambient, combining post progressive and alternative rock, elecronica and fusion - all driven by the electric violin in a myriad of styles and textures "James Sudakow wields an electric violin like Jimi Hendrix did with his guitar..." Bryan Farrish Radio Promotion


Named on Music Connection Magazine's "HOT 100 TOP UNSIGNED ARTISTS" in the Country (December, 2008), James Sudakow is a musician with a creative and innovative approach to the electric violin. As a third generation violinist, James was classically trained since the age of 4. Despite this classical upbringing, James’s inherent attraction was to Alternative Rock, Progressive Rock, Fusion, and Electronica – influenced by bands ranging from Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, Chemical Brothers, and System of a Down to Mahavishnu Orchestra, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin.

James has adapted his classical training to significantly change the violin’s sound, capabilities, and applications and has been influenced specifically by a innovative rock guitarists, including Jimi Hendrix, Vernon Reid, John McGlaughlin, and Dave Navarro. Playing through a Marshall half-stack amplifier, James uses a combination of sounds ranging from clean melody lines to heavy rhythm sections to completely altered and distorted feedback and sound effects.

In January 2007, James completed his first solo all instrumental CD – GREEN - in which he created a unique sound – heavy and ambient – combining post progressive melodies, modern alternative rock, electronica, and the uniqueness of the electric violin. Music from GREEN received critical acclaim from numerous progressive rock and mainstream music magazines, websites, and e-zines Nationally and globally, including Music Connection, Progression Magazine, Relix Magazine, Jazz Magazine, and Strings Magazine, was featured in two MTV programs, a Summit Audio musical equipment video, and received radio play on a significant number of CMJ, progressive rock, and electronica radio programs Nationally and globally. In addition, high energy live shows with his trio have earned him strong praise:

"James Sudakow is a unique and electrifying artist. His material is so affecting it's spellbinding...This artist has the potential to blow away just about any audience in the world."
Bernard Baur
Music Connection Magazine
Musician’s Institute


In January 2009, James released his second all instrumental CD - THERE IS NO SOUND IN SPACE - with UNDER RADIO guitarist, Eric Zimmermann. The new CD release continues to feature the melodic and virtuostic electric violin in many styles and textures in tandem with electric guitar work and incorporates a heavy dose of industrial electronica rock. Music from THERE IS NO SOUND IN SPACE has received acclaim in over 20 music magazines and websites focusing on progressive, jazz, and rock music and has been featured on recent new products from Qualcomm / FLO TV. In 2009, James was also nominated for a prestigous "L.A. Music Award" - the longest running independent music awards program in the country - in the Producer's Choice category.

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Guest artist on two Under-Radio commercially released CDs under Lion Records – Bad Heir Ways, 2004, and Under-Radio, 2002.

James was named in Music Connection Magazine's "Hot 100 Unsigned Artists" in the country

A feature article about James will appear in an upcoming issue of Jazz Magazine in Italy. The track, "Green" from the CD, will also be featured on the CD accompanying the issue.

"Purple" from the CD is currently featured on the Progressive Rock Hall of Fame 2008 Compilation CD.

James appeared in a feature interview in a recent issue (#54) of Progression Magazine (www.progressionmagazine.com)

"Red" from the CD was featured on RELIX Magazine's compilation CD in the Feb / Mar 2008 issue

Music from the CD has been added to play lists and libraries of over 70 World, New Age, and CMJ Top 200 Alt Rock stations Nationally (U.S.) and is in regular rotation on many of the stations

Tracks from the CD have been receiving radio play on over 20 internet and progressive rock radio programs globally

Tracks from the CD were featured in MTV's program, "The Kentucky Kid"

James Sudakow was nominated for an award for the South Bay Music Awards in the category of "Independent Rock Artist of the Year" for 2007

James was interviewed by the Progressive Rock review in Sydney, Australia. The entire interview can be heard on his website (www.evexp.com)

Music from the CD was on the New Age Reporter Top 100 Radio chart focusing on fusion, electronica and ambient music for 4 months at #57, #56, #56 and #27


The following tracks are from James' second all instrumental CD, THERE IS NO SOUND IN SPACE:

CD Total Length: 40:00
Individual Tracks:

Hail the Victorious Dead: 6:04
When I am King: 4:00
There is no sound in space: 5:28
Stardusted: 4:05
A moment of Silence: 3:25
Waiting for a miracle: 5:40
Strange orange glow: 3:42
The greatest life I've ever known: 4:50

The following tracks are from James' debut solo all instrumental CD, GREEN:

CD Total Length: 45:42
Individual Tracks:

Black: 8:21
Purple: 5:47
Orange: 9:43
Green: 6:26
Red: 10:14
Blue: 5:08

Set List

Typical set list:

When I am King
Strange Orange Glow
Moment of Silence
The Greatest Life I've Ever Known
Hail the victorious dead

Sets usually are usually between 1 hour and 90 minutes in length.