James McGowan

Pianist, Composer, Music Theorist, Educator

13 musicians in JM Ensemble with instruments outside Shenkman Arts Centre

James McGowan Ensemble: Reaching In/Reaching Out A classical-jazz fusion combining poet Jamaal Amir Akbari with Modasaurus, Quatuor Despax, Ed Lister, Mike Tremblay, Petr Cancura, Mark Ferguson, and Cal McGowan; Supported by a Concept to Realization grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. 

More information about his performances, compositions, work in music theory, and music education below:

James at Piano

James gives solo and collaborative performances throughout the National Capital Region and beyond, including: Brookstreet Options Lounge. He also posts information about shows on Facebook and Instagram. See his recordings and other media

Award-winning composer of chamber music, orchestral music, choral works, electronic music, art and jazz songs, and jazz-fusion works. PDF copies of some of these compositions are available. Also see his Reaching In/Reaching Out and Modasaurus composition projects. 

Published author and faculty member at Carleton University, teaching musicianship and theory. Dr. McGowan is the editor of the Jazz Theory Bibliography, a searchable online resource for research in jazz theory. 

Managing Director of Carleton Jazz Camp, instructor and pianist at CAMMAC Music Centre (Musical Fusions). James also created the PLACE initiative (PerformativeLearning & Artistic Communities of Engagement) as University Chair in Teaching Innovation (2020–23).

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Ensemble photos by Curtis Perry; James at Piano by Kelly McDonald

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