James Young is a texpat making music in Baltimore. He is a composer and improvisor, administrator and educator, human and show runner.

He has built, housed, or developed a number of musical projects and organizations which have led him across the states, at times as a teacher and at others as a performer. A majority of his work is as artistic director for Mind on Fire, a modular orchestra focused on living composers, showcasing artists in Baltimore, and access. Otherwise he is writing music.

He carries a doctorate in music composition, having devoted much of his life to studying the ability for organized sound to communicate and shape time. He has studied craft and musical thinking at Mass MOCA as part of the Bang on a Can Festival, June in Buffalo and Brevard, in Prague as part of the Czech-American Summer Music Institute, and at Peabody.