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James Thomer is an LA-based musician/composer, filmmaker and intermedia artist. He has a BA in English from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Composition & Experimental Sound Practices from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with Eyvind Kang, Clay Chaplin, Ulrich Krieger, Michael Pisaro-Liu, Scott Benzel and others.

He produces and performs music under his art rock project “James The Fifth” and released his debut LP Days of Wine in 2022 on Mutation Records (US) and Tearjerk Records (Aus). After attending CalArts, his compositions have expanded into jazz, orchestral music, ambient music, collage pieces and more.  

As a filmmaker, he got his start writing and self directing his own music videos. In 2023, he made his first short film, Young Phil, which he directed, wrote, edited, and scored,  due for public release in this year.

His intermedia art often consists of site-specific installations that play with notions of the real, fake, and the uncanny. In this work, he is interested in creating alternate realities, fake stories, and distortions of history, combining creative writing, conceptual art, video, and installation art within the backdrop of his musical experience.

More music and short films are set for release in 2024. You can usually find him playing jazz standards at Checker Hall (Highland Park) on Sundays.

Contact: james.thomer@gmail.com

Selected Works

Days of Wine

Young Phil
Short Film
Celebration of the Life of James Thomer
Installation, Short Film
Love Life
Music Video
Sign of the Times
Music Video
Music Video
CalArts Gift Shop
4942 Argyle Drive
Video/Sound Collage, Installation