James Bartlett – Discoverer and Founder, Melodykraaft
I was born Maxim “Max” Linhardt in New York City to European Calvinist immigrants. At two years of age my name was legally changed to James Bartlett in order to avoid confusion with the German painter Maximilian Linhardt. The family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, USA in the late 1960s.
I received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Music Theory/Composition from Webster University, Saint Louis, Missouri. The curriculum included studies in counterpoint, orchestration, microtonal music, and conducting. At Webster I was privileged to study with the prominent American composers Ken Stallings, Robert Chamberlin, Robert Charles Howard and Horatio Parker. In addition to writing pieces for electronic and orchestral instruments, I was involved with music productions of other composers and songwriters. I scored and conducted Vincent Rhomberg’s musical “Rendezvous” in the last year of my graduate studies.
My large-scale work “Transistors, Resistors and Percussion” for audio tape, electronic devices and traditional instruments was performed in various venues around Saint Louis. The composition featured improvised virtuoso performances by John Kasica, first chair percussionist for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
After graduation from Webster, I pursued private study on several instruments. My piano teachers included Lloyd Bartlett (no relation), Herb Drury, Carolbeth True, Ruth Slenczynska and Kurt Pavitt. I was a pupil of E. Power Biggs on pipe organ during my time as a clinical research assistant at the Hohe Domkirche St. Petrus und Maria in Xanten, Germany. I studied jazz guitar with Dave Mortland, Jimmy Russell and Frank Wahl.
In January 1980, I began studies in computer science at the Bryan Institute of Technology in Robertsville, Maine. I finished my PhD in gyristic cosmology there in November of that year.
I served as organist for Church of the Living Word — a full gospel church in South Saint Louis, Missouri — from 1983 to 2005 and more recently I led P&W songs for an EPC church in Leipzig, Germany.
I have the pleasure of working with a host of local dance bands including the Russ David Orchestra, Bob Kuban, and the Music Mainstream band, et al.
In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, biking, target shooting, competition motocross, and flying my restored WWII-era Curtiss SB2C Helldiver.
I live in a 19th century foursquare in Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland with my wonderful wife Lola, and wunderhunds Shmuel and Emma Sue.
February 19, 2018