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Sean McGowan is a guitarist from Maine who combines many diverse
influences with unconventional techniques to create a broad palette of
textures within his compositions and arrangements for solo guitar. His
first recording, "River Coffee" won the Best Independent Release of the Year Award (2002) from "Acoustic Guitar" magazine. Music from the CD has been featured on BBC’s Great Guitars radio program, and has been published in Japan’s "Acoustic Guitar" magazine and Mel Bay’s "Master Anthology of Fingerstyle Guitar, Vol. 3."
has collaborated with several dance and improvisation companies
including the Portland Ballet, and has performed as an accompanist for
several dance festivals including the American College Dance Festival.
He has also performed at several guitar festivals including the
Classic American Guitar Show in New York and the Newport Guitar
McGowan graduated with a DMA in Guitar Performance from
the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He currently
serves as an Assistant Professor of Music Performance at the University
of Colorado Denver. He has served as an artist/clinician for the Maine
Arts Commission since 2000 and also as guitar faculty for the
University of Maine and Bowdoin College.
He is also a member of
the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society. Sean is a strong advocate for injury
prevention and health education for musicians, and his workshops
incorporate a holistic approach to playing. He is a frequent lesson
and article contributor for "Acoustic Guitar," "Guitar Teacher," and "Jazz Improv" magazines.