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John McCowen

Brooklyn, NY         

John McCowen is a New York based composer and performer whose work focuses on extending the possibilities of the clarinet family. John embraces long-form drones, difference tones, and beating harmonics as a means to extrude the dimensions within – treating the clarinet as an acoustic synthesizer. His discography includes releases on Edition Wandelweiser, International Anthem, Astral Spirits, NNA Tapes, Cairn Desk, and others. He has toured extensively throughout North America as well as trips to Europe and Asia. These performances/spaces include Le Guess Who Festival(NL), Norður og Niður Festival(IS), Hot Air Music Festival, Bowling Green New Music Festival, Supersonic Festival(ENG), Berkeley Art Museum(BAMPFA), The Stone, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, International Clarinet Festival 2014, and more. John was a 2017 & 2019 artist-in-residence at Lijiang Studio in Yunnan, China. He received the 2016 Elizabeth Mills Crothers Award for excellence in music composition from Mills College where he also received an MA in Music Composition. He is currently a 2020 artist-in-residence at ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn.

John McCowen – mundana v (for 2 contrabass clarinets)

from “mundanas i-v” on Edition Wandelweiser

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John McCowen – SOLO CONTRA

released by International Anthem Recording Co.

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