Jim was recently featured in Hifimaailma Magazine.


Read the whole article here.

Nordic Journey 6

October 2016

JUST RELEASED: Nordic Journey, Volume VI (available from Pro Organo)

James D. Hicks continues his quest to discover hidden organ music treasures from Nordic composers, and to inspire new organ music from leading Nordic composers of the current age, in his sixth volume – a double CD – in his NORDIC JOURNEY series. There are TWO venues represented in Volume 6: Turku Cathedral with its 1980 Virtanen Organ, and St. Michael’s Church in Turku, with its 2002 Grönlunds Organ. Pro Organo CD 7279

May 24, 2016: Jim launches an important new mission to help fight cystic fibrosis

Today Jim Hicks begins a new quest to raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis research. This quest is inspired by and celebrates the memory of a dear friend who battled CF. By combining Jim's musical passions and affinity for Nordic culture, this campaign will culminate with a pilgrimage of St. Olavsleden (St. Olav Ways pilgrim path from Sweden to Norway), on what would have been his friend’s 60th birthday.

Please visit the Nordic Hike website and sign up to learn about fundraisers, including concerts and other exciting experiences he is planning over the course of the next two years.


January 2016: Jim is reviewed in The American Organist


October 2015: Jim is a featured artist on The Diapason

Nordic Journey 5

September 2015

JUST RELEASED: Nordic Journey, Volume V-Many Landscapes (available from Pro Organo)

From the Faroe Islands to Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, Nordic Journey, Volume V explores the Many Landscapes of the northern world. For more about Nordic Journey, Volume V, watch here. Pro Organo CD 7271

James D. Hicks finishes recording a double-CD album, Nordic Journey V
May 7, 2015

For the fifth release in his Nordic Journey series, American organist James D. Hicks has uncovered another 150 minutes of additional Nordic organ literature spanning the 19th through 21st centuries. For Nordic Journey V, Dr. Hicks has also discovered one of the finest of recently restored symphonic organs in Sweden, in Kalmar, a small city located in an out-of-the-beaten-path location in southeast Sweden. Nordic Journey V will be the premiere audio recording of the newly-restored organ of Kalmar Cathedral. The Cathedral offers sumptuous acoustics for the 4-manual symphonic organ located in its rear Gallery.

In attendance at the recording sessions, held in last few days of April, 2015, was the Norwegian composer Kjell Mork Karlsen. Mr. Karlsen has enjoyed a multi-faceted career in classical music spanning many decades. While composing for the pipe organ is but one of many musical interest, he has composed five organ symphonies. James Hicks’ recording of Karlsen’s Fourth Organ Symphony is making a considerable impact upon listeners who are now hearing it for the first time on Nordic Journey, Volume IV (Pro Organo CD 7264). In Nordic Journey – Volume 5, Mr. Karlsen’s Fifth Organ Symphony is to be featured. The final movement of the 4-movement Symphony V is a highly virtuosic movement, and is dedicated to James Hicks. The release of Nordic Journey, Volume V is expected in mid-summer 2015.

"These recordings simply must be heard"
from Choir And Organ (January/February 2015)


Nordic Journey II Review
from Turun Sanomat (a newspaper in Turku, Finland)

July 12, 2014

Honored guest of Turku’s organ festival, James D. Hicks (b. 1958) performed the pieces, which were created by versatile group of Nordic composers, during his concert that was held in July of 2013. Exclusive oeuvres of Mikkola and Fredrik Isaacsson from Turku such as Sonata for organs and Melody as well as piece of work named as Introduktion Og Passacaglia from the Icelandic composer Páll Ísólfsson were being performed alongside with Hicks’ records, which are closely tangent with the pieces, which are usually performed at Cathedral.

The music recorded in Malmö during last August keeps music experience fresh in your mind. Hicks draws your attention to the Northern draught of material similar to the dark abysses. The young organist Hicks’ interest in progressive rock is also very well reflected in his play thus outlining emotional content of the music without following its genre.

This is why, for instance, Isaacson was performing in a hypnotically peaceful way like an acoustic ambient, which Hicks sets against of the Ísólfsson’s pretentious rumble and unrestrained energy. Hicks prefers to respect the rather high lines of the Mikkola’s piece, therefore sonata, which consists of three parts, is filled with a light and joy.

September 2014--Jim Broadcast on Pipedreams

, the nationally-syndicated American Public Media program devoted to the music of the pipe organ, devoted an entire program to Jim's Nordic Journey series on September 22, 2014.  Tracks from all four volumes are a part of the broadcast (Pipedreams #1438), and the show includes a conversation with Jim conducted by long-time host Michael Barone, one of the world's recognized authorities on organ literature.  The interview was held in the studio of Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul this past summer.
Click here to listen in.

June 2014

Jim was interviewed on Midday with Norman Gilliland, presented by Wisconsin Public Radio, June 26, 2014. Listen in here.

Jim was interviewed by Bill Motlong on WDRT in Viroqua, WI, June 29, 2014. Listen in here.

Upcoming Releases

Nordic Journey, Volume 4--Modern Masters

Exciting contemporary and twentieth century works for organ by composers from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, recorded at Västerås Cathedral, Västerås, Sweden in August 2013. Projected Release Date:  February 10, 2015, Pro Organo #7264

Nordic Journey

June 2014

JUST RELEASED: Nordic Journey, Volume 3--Swedish Folkways and Classic Traditions

Organ music from Sweden that is rooted in folk music and neo-classicism,  recorded at Skara Cathedral, Skara, Sweden in August 2013. Pro Organo #7263

Nordic Journey

April 2014

JUST RELEASED: Nordic Journey, Volume 2--The Nordic Symphonic Tradition

A program of late-romantic works for organ from Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland, recorded at St. Johannes' Church, Malmö, Sweden in August 2013. Pro Organo #7262



July 23, 2013

An article from Turun Sanomat (Turku, Finland) about Jim's participation as the main guest of Turku’s organ festival.

By Matti Komulainen

Read it here.

Nordic Journey

May 15, 2013

A review of Nordic Journey from Organum, a Finnish periodical.

Read it here.


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