James “Ike” Minton is a composer, keyboardist, and oboist. Currently a D.M.A. student in composition at the University of California Santa Cruz, he has also studied at Southern Illinois University and the University of Hawai’i Mānoa. As a composer, his main interest is composing for instruments from the Western European musical tradition combined with instruments and cultural traditions across the world. He also enjoys studying improvisation and the relationship of mathematic ratios in musical structures, forms, and rhythm.