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Ned McGowan

Primary Instrument: Flute

Born: 1970    

Ned McGowan

“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 and flutist Ned McGowan. Born in the United States in 1970 and living in the Netherlands since 1994, McGowan has built his career by collaborating closely with ensembles such as the Axyz Ensemble, Calefax, the Zephyr Quartet and Hexnut....
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Awards

Henriette Bosmans Prize from the Dutch Composer’s Union

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Tools is also packed with discreet acoustic rooms, some more resonant than others, but all proving that, when operating heavy machinery, subtlety pays off.” - Guy Livingston for Paris Transatlantic, 2006

Ned McGowan, a composer and flutist, proved there's still plenty of life in old-fashioned virtuosity with “Bantammer Swing,” a playful, athletic concerto for his unwieldy contrabass flute. - Steve Smith, New York Times, April 28, 2008

If you're having a slow day, his music samples will wake you right up. - Alex Ross, the Rest is Noise, March, 2007

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