Ned McGowan

1473411177 nedmcgowan photo by michel marang
Gestart in: 2016
Type musicus: componist, blazer
Universiteit: Universiteit Leiden
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Nationaliteit: United States / the Netherlands

McGowan was born in the United States in 1970 and has been living in the Netherlands since 1994. He is a composer, teacher, flutist, improviser and curator.

McGowan’s music strives for an idiom in which various musics – American popular, European classical and avant-garde, Carnatic, a fascination with proportionally intricate rhythms, the use of microtones in the search for new subtleties of melody – and many others, rub against each other and generate new meanings.” This is how musicologist Bob Gilmore describes composer Ned McGowan. His works have been performed throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia by the Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Sinfonia Rotterdam, American Composers Orchestra, musikFabrik, Ricciotti, Calefax, Zapp4, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Great Noise and his own band Hexnut. Ned McGowan teaches composition at the College for Arts, Media and Technology in Hilversum, Netherlands.


Architectures of Speed: Reinventing the Tools, Functions and Potentials of Speed Within Rhythmical Frames in Music.

Gestart in 2016

Through analysis and composition this PhD will research the current practice, precise identities and possibilities of the various time frames in music and the bearing they have individually and in combinations on the speed of the music.

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